There is freshness from new coaches, technology and kick-off times in the latest Bundesliga season.
Romelu Lukaku makes a dream start to his Manchester United career by scoring twice in a 4-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday.
Arsenal face Leicester in the first Friday night season-opener while Chelsea start their title defense against Burnley.
Chapecoense plane crash survivor Alan Ruschel made an emotional return to football on Monday, playing in a friendly game against Barcelona.
Neymar has said goodbye to his teammates and been given time off to sort out his transfer.
Neymar has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a five-year deal, the French club said Thursday, after he paid his 222-million-euro (US$263-million) release clause to leave Barcelona.
World footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is due to appear in a court near Madrid to face accusations that he avoided paying millions in tax to Spanish authorities.
Spain's High Council of Sports reached its verdict bringing to an end Villar's 29-year reign as Spanish Football Federation president.
English Premier League side West Ham United signs striker Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of 16 million pounds (US$21 million).
The new deal comes after Antonio Conte won the English top flight in May in his first season in charge at the club.