Dieter Hecking comes up against the man who stole his record as Hannover's longest-serving coach when he leads his new club Wolfsburg to their Lower Saxony rivals tomorrow.
With 101 games on the Hannover bench, Hecking established the Reds as a Bundesliga side before leaving to join Nurnberg in 2009.
After a brief spell under the guidance of Andreas Bergmann, Mirko Slomka took over in January 2010 and has been in charge of Hannover since, leading them through the most successful era in the club's history with two Europa League campaigns.
``It's half a home game for me,'' said 48-year-old Hecking, who still lives in nearby Bad Nenndorf. ``We want to impose ourselves. It's up to us.''
Both sides come into the season harbouring ambitions of a top-six finish and European football next season.
``We want to play a better season than the last one,'' said Wolfsburg's director of sport Klaus Allofs. ``In the mid-term, we want to get back into Europe.''
The Reds do not want to wait any longer than 12 months before returning to Europe, meanwhile.
``We loved travelling around Europe in the past two years and that's where we want to be again,'' said Slomka.
New signing Leonardo Bittencourt shares that view, saying he wants to play three years of his four-year contract in Europe. He is set to make his debut for the Reds tomorrow, and he can expect a real challenge in midfield.
Wolfsburg playmaker Diego, who won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid two seasons ago, should help the Wolves get back into Europe, according to Allofs, who is delighted his club were able to hold onto the Brazilian this summer.
``He's got what it takes to be a star,'' he said on his club's website. ``Of course Diego is enormously important for our game.
``He is capable of a special performance at any time. He's looked very professional and motivated in pre-season, like the whole team.
``We're all delighted that he is staying with us.''