"2014 was a year that made all our wishes come true," said German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach this week. But the World Cup party from Germany's win this summer couldn't go on forever, of course. Domestically, the 2014-15 Bundesliga campaign brought more trouble than festive cheer for all but a handful of clubs.
These were the main storylines of the typically eventful, unpredictable first half of the season after "that night in Rio."
1. Borussia Dortmund come off the rails
No other place to begin...