Borussia Dortmund will be looking for a measure of revenge in the Ruhr derby against Schalke in the highlight of this weekend's Bundesliga fixtures, while leaders Bayern Munich will host Hertha Berlin.
FIFA.com looks at the success of Japanese players in the Bundesliga, with nine currently plying their trade at the top level of German football.
A late Sebastian Giovinco tap-in snatched Italy a 4-3 win over Japan in one of the greatest games in FIFA Confederations Cup history – a result which secured the victors, and Brazil, semi-final places.
Huub Stevens has expressed his eagerness to get to work with Schalke, after being unveil their new coach, as he will look to recreate his own European glory with the club as he begins in the UEFA Europa League.
Alberto Zaccheroni has named a strong Japan squad, featuring 14 European-based players, for their friendly against Korea Republic in Sapporo next week.
Ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final between Schalke and Manchester United, FIFA.com spoke to Atsuto Uchida, the first Japanese player to reach this stage of the UEFA Champions League.