ESPN kicks off second season of Bundesliga coverage; All the details

ESPN+ will kick off its second season of Bundesliga coverage in the U.S. on Friday, August 13, with presentation of Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. reigning 2020-2021 league champions FC Bayern München, live from Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach at 2:30 p.m. ET, in English and Spanish exclusively on ESPN+. Live coverage of the match will kick off at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+ with a 30-minute ESPN FC pregame show.

Throughout the season, ESPN+ will stream more than 300 Bundesliga matches in English and Spanish. ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes will also televise select matches during the season as part of a multi-year agreement that makes ESPN+ the exclusive English- and Spanish-language home for all Bundesliga and select Bundesliga 2 matches in the U.S.

In the first two weekends of Bundesliga action – Friday, Aug. 13 through Sunday, Aug. 22 – ESPN+ will livestream all 18 of the league’s matches. ABC will broadcast Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach, live from BayArena in Leverkusen, on Saturday, Aug. 21, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The broadcast marks the second straight season a Bundesliga match will air on ABC. ESPN Deportes will carry the Spanish-language telecast of the match.

Bundesliga – Match Week 1 and 2 on ESPN+, ESPN Deportes and ABC

In addition to the season-opening game, ESPN+ will stream 17 matches in weeks one and two including select matches in Spanish (see schedule at bottom of this article).

ESPN FC: Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. FC Bayern München Pregame Special (ESPN+, Friday at 2 p.m.)

Kay Murray, analysts Jürgen Klinsmann, Shaka Hislop and reporter Archie Rhind-Tutt (on site) will kick off ESPN+’s live coverage of Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. FC Bayern München season-opener on Friday at 2 p.m. with a special, 30-minute ESPN FC pregame show. The ESPN FC crew will also host the halftime and postgame show of the Bundesliga 2021-22 curtain raiser.

Throughout the season, ESPN FC will serve as the daily show of record for the most up-to-date news, highlights and analysis about the Bundesliga in the United States. The daily news and information show features host Dan Thomas alongside a rotating cast of analysts such as Klinsmann (Germany), Craig Burley (Scotland), Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela), Kasey Keller (USA), Shaka Hislop (Trinidad and Tobago), and contributors Derek Rae and Rhind-Tutt reporting from Germany.

Available exclusively on ESPN+, ESPN FC will also provide surround programming – pregame, halftime and postgame segments – on select match days.

Select ESPN Bundesliga Commentators

Derek Rae returns as the lead play-by-play voice for Bundesliga on ESPN+, ABC and ESPN networks. One of the most recognized voices in football commentary and a fluent German speaker, Rae will continue in his role as one of the main voices on Bundesliga world feed telecasts, calling matches from stadiums in Germany that will stream on ESPN+. Also, he contributes as a Bundesliga insider on ESPN FC, and as a weekly columnist on ESPN.com/soccer

Mark Donaldson, ESPN’s soccer play-by-play commentator for top international leagues and competitions – Serie A, UEFA EUROs and more – joins the team as a recurring Bundesliga voice.

Jürgen Klinsmann, former manager of the Germany and U.S. Men’s National teams and 1990 FIFA World Cup champion returns as a recurring studio analyst for Bundesliga on ESPN+ and ESPN networks

Kasey Keller, former U.S. Men’s National Team and Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper, returns for the season as match ad studio analyst.

Kay Murray recently signed an extension, serves as lead host for ESPN FC Live pregame show. A two-time co-host of FIFA Ballon d’Or (2011 and 2012), football’s most prestigious awards ceremony, Murray joined ESPN International in February 2020.

German football journalist Archie Rhind-Tutt returns as ESPN television reporter covering Bundesliga matches from site, primarily for ESPN FC.

Lutz Pfannenstiel is a former German professional goalkeeper and the current Sporting Director for the new MLS franchise, St. Louis City SC.

Many of ESPN’s recognized soccer analysts will also contribute to coverage of Bundesliga, including ESPN FC host Dan Thomas; lead soccer analyst Taylor Twellman, who began his professional career in 2000 with 1860 Munich; Craig Burley, former Scottish National Team and Chelsea FC midfielder; and former Venezuelan National Team forward and three-time MLS Cup champion Alejandro Moreno.

ESPN Deportes

In addition to live telecasts of select matches, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language sports network will provide news and information coverage of Bundesliga’s 59th season across SportsCenter, Jorge Ramos y Su Banda and Ahora o Nunca. The network’s European soccer show Fuera de Juego will serve as the company’s Spanish-language show of record for the league.

 

Bundesliga TV schedule

All times Eastern USA

 

Friday, October 1

02:30 pm EDT
FC Cologne vs. Greuther Fürth
ESPN+

Saturday, October 2

09:30 am EDT
Hertha Berlin vs. SC Freiburg
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
VfB Stuttgart vs. TSG Hoffenheim
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
VfL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Borussia Dortmund vs. FC Augsburg
ESPN+
12:30 pm EDT
RB Leipzig vs. VfL Bochum
ESPN+

Sunday, October 3

09:30 am EDT
Mainz vs. FC Union Berlin
ESPN+
11:30 am EDT
Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
ESPN+
01:30 pm EDT
Arminia Bielefeld vs. Bayer Leverkusen
ESPN+

Friday, October 15

02:30 pm EDT
TSG Hoffenheim vs. FC Cologne
ESPN+

Saturday, October 16

09:30 am EDT
FC Union Berlin vs. VfL Wolfsburg
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hertha Berlin
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Borussia Dortmund vs. Mainz
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
SC Freiburg vs. RB Leipzig
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Greuther Fürth vs. VfL Bochum
ESPN+
12:30 pm EDT
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. VfB Stuttgart
ESPN+

Sunday, October 17

09:30 am EDT
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich
ESPN+
11:30 am EDT
FC Augsburg vs. Arminia Bielefeld
ESPN+

Friday, October 22

02:30 pm EDT
Mainz vs. FC Augsburg
ESPN+

Saturday, October 23

09:30 am EDT
RB Leipzig vs. Greuther Fürth
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Arminia Bielefeld vs. Borussia Dortmund
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
VfL Wolfsburg vs. SC Freiburg
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Bayern Munich vs. TSG Hoffenheim
ESPN+
12:30 pm EDT
Hertha Berlin vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
ESPN+

Sunday, October 24

09:30 am EDT
FC Cologne vs. Bayer Leverkusen
ESPN+
11:30 am EDT
VfB Stuttgart vs. FC Union Berlin
ESPN+
01:30 pm EDT
VfL Bochum vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
ESPN+

Friday, October 29

02:30 pm EDT
TSG Hoffenheim vs. Hertha Berlin
ESPN+

Saturday, October 30

09:30 am EDT
FC Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Borussia Dortmund vs. FC Cologne
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Bayer Leverkusen vs. VfL Wolfsburg
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Arminia Bielefeld vs. Mainz
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
SC Freiburg vs. Greuther Fürth
ESPN+
12:30 pm EDT
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. RB Leipzig
ESPN+

Sunday, October 31

10:30 am EDT
FC Augsburg vs. VfB Stuttgart
ESPN+
12:30 pm EDT
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. VfL Bochum
ESPN+

Friday, November 5

03:30 pm EDT
Mainz vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
ESPN+

Saturday, November 6

10:30 am EDT
Bayern Munich vs. SC Freiburg
ESPN+
10:30 am EDT
VfL Bochum vs. TSG Hoffenheim
ESPN+
10:30 am EDT
VfB Stuttgart vs. Arminia Bielefeld
ESPN+
10:30 am EDT
VfL Wolfsburg vs. FC Augsburg
ESPN+
01:30 pm EDT
RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Dortmund
ESPN+

Sunday, November 7

08:30 am EST
Hertha Berlin vs. Bayer Leverkusen
ESPN+
10:30 am EST
FC Cologne vs. FC Union Berlin
ESPN+
12:30 pm EST
Greuther Fürth vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
ESPN+

Friday, November 19

01:30 pm EST
FC Augsburg vs. Bayern Munich
ESPN+

Saturday, November 20

08:30 am EST
TSG Hoffenheim vs. RB Leipzig
ESPN+
08:30 am EST
Arminia Bielefeld vs. VfL Wolfsburg
ESPN+
08:30 am EST
Bayer Leverkusen vs. VfL Bochum
ESPN+
08:30 am EST
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Greuther Fürth
ESPN+
08:30 am EST
Borussia Dortmund vs. VfB Stuttgart
ESPN+
11:30 am EST
FC Union Berlin vs. Hertha Berlin
ESPN+

Sunday, November 21

08:30 am EST
SC Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
ESPN+
10:30 am EST
Mainz vs. FC Cologne
ESPN+

Friday, November 26

01:30 pm EST
VfB Stuttgart vs. Mainz
ESPN+

Saturday, November 27

08:30 am EST
Hertha Berlin vs. FC Augsburg
ESPN+
08:30 am EST
VfL Bochum vs. SC Freiburg
ESPN+
08:30 am EST
FC Cologne vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
ESPN+
08:30 am EST
Greuther Fürth vs. TSG Hoffenheim
ESPN+
08:30 am EST
VfL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund
ESPN+
11:30 am EST
Bayern Munich vs. Arminia Bielefeld
ESPN+

Sunday, November 28

08:30 am EST
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. FC Union Berlin
ESPN+
10:30 am EST
RB Leipzig vs. Bayer Leverkusen
ESPN+

 

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