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ESPN announces Bundesliga coverage plans for 2020/21 season

The wait is over! ESPN has announced its Bundesliga streaming and TV plans for the 2020/21 season that begins on September 18, 2020.

When the Bundesliga returns for its 58th season, ESPN+ will be the home of live coverage in the U.S. and content from the league will appear across an array of ESPN media platforms. ESPN+ will stream more than 300 Bundesliga matches in English and Spanish during the German top-division league’s first season of a multi-year agreement. The company’s linear television platforms – ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 – will also feature select matches during the season.

Leading up to the season’s start, Bundesliga content and stories about players, teams, 2019-20 season highlights and fan culture, will be featured across the company’s English and Spanish studio programming including SportsCenter, soccer-endemic shows ESPN FC, Jorge Ramos y Su Banda, Ahora o Nunca, Fuera de Juego and more. Highlights include:

ESPN FC on ESPN+

ESPN FC, the daily soccer news program with highlights, analysis and information exclusive to ESPN+, will cover the Bundesliga throughout the season. It will begin its coverage of the 2020-21 Bundesliga season with ESPN FC Special: Top 50 Goals of 2019-20 Season on Thursday, Aug. 20. Host Dan Thomas and analyst Alejandro Moreno kick-start anticipation for the upcoming season by recapping the greatest goals from the past year. Following ESPN FC’s studio special, “Top 50 Goals of 2019-20 Season” will be available on ESPN+ beginning Friday. Additional content includes:

· Before Matchday 1 (Date: TBD), ESPN FC Bundesliga Preview Special will stream on the digital platform
· Interviews with players and managers, training camp reports, features, and more, will headline the show’s daily Bundesliga segments during the week leading up to the start of the season.

SC Featured Profiles Giovanni “Gio” Reyna (Sunday, Aug 30)

On Sunday, Aug. 30, ESPN flagship show SportsCenter will air its SC Featured profile of American player Gio Reyna, the 17-year-old American star who is beginning to make his mark at Borussia Dortmund. Reported by Sam Borden, the profile includes interviews with U.S. Men’s National Team manager Gregg Berhalter, Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc and youth academy director Lars Ricken, as well as Gio’s parents, Daniele and Claudio Reyna. Trailer.

The younger Reyna joined Dortmund in 2019, after four years with his hometown academy team New York City FC. In January 2020, he became the youngest American to play in the Bundesliga entering the game as a substitute against FC Augsburg on January 18. Gio comes from a family of soccer royalty in the United States. His mother, Danielle, played for the U.S. Women’s National Team. His father, Claudio, is a former U.S. Men’s National Team captain who was named to the 2006 World Cup all-tournament team. SC Featured is ESPN SportsCenter’s award-winning storytelling brand.

ESPN Deportes

ESPN Deportes will provide comprehensive Spanish-language coverage of Bundesliga leading up to the start of the season across SportsCenter, Jorge Ramos y Su Banda and Ahora o Nunca. In addition, European soccer show Fuera de Juego will preview the 2020-2021 season with a special edition streaming live on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN+. Show hosts Fernando Palomo, Andrés Agulla, Barack Fever, Ricardo Ortiz, Alexis Martín Tamayo (Mister Chip) and Ricardo Puig join the action with exclusive news and analysis around the league.

Archive of Bundesliga matches on ESPN+

The first batch of 10 classic Bundesliga matches will be available by 2020-21 season kickoff for on-demand streaming on ESPN+. The matches include Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, and other top clubs – all high-scoring contests that capture the league’s entertaining soccer pedigree. In all, 50 classic matches will be available on ESPN+.

SEE MORE: Schedule of Bundesliga games on US TV and streaming

Bundesliga on ESPN+ Marketing Spot

ESPN/ESPN+ launched a Bundesliga on ESPN+ campaign to raise awareness among U.S. soccer fans about the league’s debut season on ESPN+. The anthem spot aired across ESPN platforms – ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+, et al – during the 2020 German Cup Final on July 4. The Bundesliga on ESPN campaign will evolve as the season progresses, highlighting the excitement of German soccer – most goals per match average among the top-four leagues, home to top U.S. Men’s National Team prospects and the club traditions, as well as fan culture. The spot.

With the upcoming debut of the German Bundesliga on ESPN platforms, ESPN+ will be home to the most comprehensive collection of live soccer available on one platform in the United States. Led by the Bundesliga, Serie A, the soccer portfolio on ESPN+ also includes the English FA Cup and Carabao Cup, Spanish Copa Del Rey, Eredivisie, Major League Soccer, EFL Championship, USL and more.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Michal

    August 21, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Any more details on bundesliga 2 on ESPN+? Looking forward to my HSV missing out on promotion again.

    • Christopher Harris

      August 21, 2020 at 11:25 am

      No additional details yet other than the Bundesliga 2 will be included on ESPN+

  2. Marc

    August 20, 2020 at 10:37 am

    I know there only friendlies but how come the German & Dutch matches are being shown on ESPN 3/Deportes?

  3. jstrummer

    August 19, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks Chris

  4. jstrummer

    August 19, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    No news on Bundesliga 2 or konference matchday?

    • Christopher Harris

      August 19, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Bundesliga 2 will be included on ESPN+

      • Steve

        August 19, 2020 at 11:40 pm

        Will Bundesliga 2 have commentary and graphics on ESPN+? The coverage on Fox Soccer Match Pass was literally bare bones – no announcers, no graphics, no way of knowing what was going on unless you paid undying attention to the game.

      • Peter Wohelski

        September 16, 2020 at 10:32 pm

        It doesn’t appear that 2.Bundesliga will be included. Season starts this weekend and there is no matches scheduled on ESPN+’s viewing grid.

  5. Eddie

    August 19, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    What happened to Univision after losing Bundesliga?

  6. Brendan

    August 19, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Look forward to it now after Fox disaster coverage

    • Azer

      August 20, 2020 at 11:14 am

      How was Fox Sports a disaster when ESPN will continue in Fox’s footsteps? College football will get priority over the Bundesliga just like NASCAR did at Fox. You had to change channels from FS1 to FS2, so what? Bid deal. You will get better analyses from ESPNFC but that’s about it. I’m not looking forward to Adrian Healy and the domestic crew doing commentary from Bristol, CT. Where am I going wrong?

  7. Eddie

    August 19, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    The new Spanish and English will be the new home on ESPN after Univision and fox loses Bundesliga tv rights. Espn and ESPN deportes have until 2026.

  8. Tom

    August 19, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Are there any indications that ESPN will show more matches on linear channels now that there will be less college football inventory in the fall? Or more matches from Italy?

    • Christopher Harris

      August 19, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      We will answer that question on Friday’s episode of the World Soccer Talk Podcast.

      • Donald Duck

        August 19, 2020 at 6:49 pm

        I sure hope your news is EVERY match will be on ESPN+ even if ESPN decides to broadcast a few on the Cable side. I certainly won’t be buying a cable/live streaming service for a handful of matches.
        However it would be nice to see more Eredivisie matches as ESPN+ only has like 2 or 3 every weekend.

        • Turfit

          August 19, 2020 at 10:10 pm

          I would like to see more Eredivisie matches also.

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