Hosts rely on stern friendly challenge.
Past and present German football officials may be taking advantage of the 2006 slush fund speculation to settle old scores.
Wolfgang Niersbach and Franz Beckenbauer remain in the spotlight.
Germany topped their Euro 2016 qualifying group, but they were far from convincing.
Seven points clear at the top of the table, Bayern Munich looked to have sewn up another Bundesliga title after just eight games.
Robert Lewandowski's remarkable feat of scoring five goals in nine minutes was not the best the Bundesliga has ever seen.
A contentious late penalty award to Bayern Munich will fuel the conspiracy theorists.
Nick Bidwell reflects on back-to-back wins for Germany and takes a positive line on the loss of so many big-name players to England.
Having cashed in on the sale of Kevin De Bruyne, Wolfsburg wasted no time spending their windfall on replacements.
Rudi Voller spent weeks putting together the deal to sign Charles Aranguiz, now he will have to do it all again.