In 2008 Ralf Fährmann made his debut at Schalke. Recently he became the number one goalkeeper after turning things around. His secret is mental strength that helped him rebound into reputable force between the post.
25 years after reunification, all of Germany's top-class professional teams are from the old West Germany. The same goes for the 2nd division with the exception of Union Berlin. But there is hope, chiefly for RB Leipzig.
Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales is emblematic of the the new multi-cultural Bundesliga.
For ten years, Hiba Jaafil was the captain of the Lebanon national women's football team. Now she coaches the Lebanon under 17s and 19s. To better her skills, she did an internship at TSG Hoffenheim in southern Germany.
Constantin introduces us to his club. He cares about the plight of refugees. He’s seen people from many different countries coming together on the football pitch, and has formed a team reflecting that international mix.
Anne Gillies is a Mainz fan. What makes her special is that she cheers on the club from a distance of 6,000 kilometers. Anne lives Ann Arbor, USA, but tunes in for every game they play.
The Austrian of Ingolstadt is coaching in the top flight for the first time in his career, having led the club there for the first time ever.
Aytac Sulu's first Bundesliga match could have gone better. He gave away a penalty and scored an own-goal as Darmstadt drew 2-2 against Hanover. Captain Sulu is still full of optimism though.
This German ad slogan has come true for André Tallo dos Reis from Sao Paulo. He won last season's Kick off! predictions contest and got to travel with his wife Kelly to the Bundesliga opener in Munich.
Some say he's the best left back in the Bundesliga. Last season he hit the net six times, more than any other player at his position. Ricardo Rodriguez, the Swiss international with Chilean-Spanish roots.
Claudio Pizarro is both a record-breaking striker and a charismatic and popular man off the pitch. His contract with Bayern Munich runs out this month – but the Peruvian shouldn’t be long without a job.
It's Juventus v. Barcelona. With London having hosted the Champions League and its predecessor the European Cup some seven times, Vienna and Madrid four times.
Thomas Hitzlsperger - always the perfect professional. He's a popular figure who gives his all on and off the pitch.
Kick off! goes to the top match in the Swedish women's football league. Top-ranked Rosengård features Brazilian-born Marta, the five-time Women's Player of the Year, as well as five other international players.