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ABC, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ to air Bayern Munich-Dortmund

ABC will broadcast its first-ever German Bundesliga match – FC Bayern München vs. Borussia Dortmund – on Saturday, March 6 at 12 p.m. ET as part of ESPN’s unprecedented English and Spanish-language coverage of German soccer’s latest “Der Klassiker” rivalry game. In addition to ABC, the Bayern-Dortmund match from Allianz Arena in Munich will stream live on ESPN+, the U.S. home for Bundesliga matches, and will air live on ESPN Deportes.

FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund are the two most successful clubs in German soccer along with FC Bayern holding all six titles currently available to them including Club World Cup. They have combined to win the last 11 league titles, with FC Bayern – the 2020 UEFA Champions League champion – winning nine times, including the past eight seasons. Dortmund has won twice over the past decade-plus while finishing runner-up five times to FC Bayern. The recent success of both clubs has catapulted “Der Klassiker” (known as the German Clasico) to one of global football’s top rivalries.

Led by Poland forward Robert Lewandowski – the 2020 FIFA Player of the Year – and Canadian midfielder Alphonso Davies (Lou Marsh Trophy holder), FC Bayern currently sits atop the Bundesliga standings. Dortmund features Norwegian forward Erling Haaland and American teenage soccer sensation Giovanni Reyna.

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

Star Cam Feed – Gio Reyna and Alphonso Davies

Surround coverage of Der Klassiker will include Star Cam feed, a live stream focused solely on in-game action of the two North American stars – Dortmund’s Gio Reyna (USA) and FC Bayern’s Alphonso Davies (Canada) – in the match. Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez will handle commentary on the feed, available exclusively on ESPN+.

Der Klassiker Match Commentators

• ABC: Derek Rae (play-by-play), analyst Taylor Twellman
• ESPN Deportes: Fernando Palomo (play-by-play), analyst Mario Kempes
• ESPN+ English/Spanish: Rae and Twellman; Palomo and Kempes
• Star Cam: Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez
• Studio Coverage: English – Kay Murray (host), Juergen Klinsmann and Jan Aage Fjortoft (analysts), and Archie Rhind-Tutt (on-site reporter).

Surround programming:

• Der Klassiker Pregame: ABC’s coverage will begin at 12 noon
• ESPN FC: Kay Murray will host a 30-minute pregame show with analysts Juergen Klinsmann and Jan Aage Fjortoft. Archie Rhind-Tutt will report from Munich. Throughout the week, ESPN FC will feature segments on Der Klassiker, available exclusively on ESPN+ (weekdays, 8 p.m.)
• ESPN Deportes: Futbol Center pregame at 11 a.m. will kick off daytime coverage of Der Klassiker through postgame edition of SportsCenter

Der Klassiker: A Rivalry like no Other – Exclusive on ESPN+

While proximity or socio-political divisions fuel most soccer rivalries, Der Klassiker is driven by FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund’s recent history as two of the most successful clubs in Germany and Europe.

Narrated by ESPN’s lead Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae, Der Klassiker: A Rivalry like no Other takes viewers on a journey from the 1960s when the Bundesliga was founded in Dortmund until today. In addition, the documentary explores some of the most defining matches of the rivalry in the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the UEFA Champions League. The program will be available to stream on ESPN+ leading up to Der Klassiker match day.

 

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Azer

    March 6, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Rob Turner & Steffen Freund did commentary on the world feed.

  2. Edward

    March 6, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    NBC should have gone head to head vs der klassiker with Villa-Wolves nil-nil draw

  3. JP

    March 6, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Turned to ABC after the Sevilla match. Thought the 12pm SportsCenter leading into the match would be promoting it in some way. It’s been all UFC, college sports, and NBA so far.
    Scheduled after the match is more UFC promos. Fear Bayern/Dortmund will be littered with “get ESPN+ to watch UFC tonight” promos by Rae and Twellman.

  4. KL

    March 6, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I realized I wont be able to watch live. Does anyone know how fast ESPN posts replays on ESPN+?

    • Christopher Harris

      March 6, 2021 at 11:29 am

      Usually within a couple of hours after the game has ended, yes, it’ll be there.

  5. Eric T

    March 4, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    @Nosferatu Agreed, ESPN made a terrible choice with Twellman. They are increasingly embracing these big personalities at the expense of actual analysis. They were reportedly looking to bring back Skip Bayless of all people. Really???

    Derek Rae is good but Phil Bonney should have gotten the call here

  6. Nosferatu

    March 4, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Taylor Twellman sort of encapsulates why I have problems with ESPN and hope NBC retains the Premier League over them. He’s one of the network’s many big, bombastic, annoying personalities (across all sports) who makes things too much about himself, and even when he makes good points, they’re lost amongst the many, many other things he overconfidently announces. And ESPN falls in love with these guys, foists them on us with great frequency because they become “personalities” instead of just being good broadcasters.

    Imagine trading Lee Dixon for Twellman! The thought alone makes me a little sick. At least studio coverage can be easily bypassed if it’s annoying or useless.

  7. Michal

    March 4, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Taylor Twellman is terrible, and the reason I can’t watch MLS.

  8. Azer

    March 4, 2021 at 9:47 am

    ESPN has already ruined the commentary by selecting Taylor Twellman as a co-commentator/analyst. Where is Kasey Keller? He played for 2 years in the Bundesliga for Monchengladbach. Mr. Keller was a co-commentator this week on Tuesday for a German Cup game alongside Ross Dyer. You can forget about the game, Taylor Twelman will make it about himself with his ”bragging voice”. No thanks. I will watch Aston Villa vs Wolves.

  9. KL

    March 4, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Ah, so he won’t be calling the game. That stinks. I’ll definitely check out that interview though. Thanks:)

  10. KL

    March 4, 2021 at 7:26 am

    Can someone tell me who this commentator is? I don’t think it’s Derek Rae and he is always exciting to watch. He’s the first voice who speaks and I want to watch his stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ji9dDSDkMY

  11. KL

    March 3, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    This will be fun. Heja BVB!

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