The Bundesliga returns today with six fixtures as it becomes the first major European league to resume following the coronavirus suspension.
It’s been a lengthy, difficult wait, but we’re finally here.
Every single game that will take place this weekend will be live on BT Sport as well.
It includes Bayern Munich’s trip to Union Berlin on Sunday and the big one, Borussia Dortmund against Schalke today.
What a treat. The Revierderby, which pits second against sixth, will kick off at 2:30 pm.
Dortmund, who can field two of the hottest young talents in the game in Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland, are four points behind league leaders Bayern, but they can put the pressure on with three points against their rivals.
It’s not just Dortmund and Bayern competing for the title, though.
RB Leipzig is in third place, a point behind BVB and their coach Julian Nagelsmann hopes the extended break can provide an advantage in what he described as being a “nine-game tournament”.
“The whole situation is like before a tournament. We all had a short break, then a relaxed phase and now an intense preparation,” he told magazine Kicker, per BBC Sport.
“We’re going to try to win this nine-game tournament – with the theoretical possibility of finishing first.”
Leipzig restarts the season at home to Freiburg.
At the other end of the table, Paderborn is in need of a remarkable turnaround to stay up.
They are currently bottom of the table and six points behind the promotion-relegation play-off spot, which sees the team that finishes 16th in the Bundesliga face the side that finished third in Bundesliga 2 for a spot in the top division.
Werder Bremen’s status in the Bundesliga is also under threat. They have spent a record 56 seasons in the league but are currently 17th in the table.
All that’s left is to find a team to support if you don’t already, and enjoy the games.
The beautiful game is back.