Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made his Borussia Dortmund debut a memorable one, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 rout of Augsburg as Bayer Leverkusen beat Freiburg 3-1 and Hertha Berlin sunk Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1.
This week FIFA.com looks ahead to two forty-something national legends celebrating their birthdays in Paul Gascoigne and Thomas Hassler, while two others in Roberto di Matteo and Sergio Aguero who have celebrated a lot recently.
Thomas Tuchel is fretting over the state of his squad as he has eight players sidelined through injury ahead of Mainz's first Buindesliga game of 2012 against Bayer Leverkusen next weekend.
Tunisia are the heavyweight team in African qualifying Group B and will be hard to beat in a section also containing Cape Verde Islands, Sierra Leone and the winner of the first round tie between Equatorial Guinea and Madagascar.
Borussia Dortmund extended their lead at the Bundesliga summit after a 2-1 win at Freiburg. Meanwhile, challengers Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich fell off the pace after a 1-1 draw.
Substitute Sami Allagui scored two goals in the final 14 minutes to give Mainz a much needed 3-2 win at Borussia Monchengladbach.