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ESPN kicks off second season of Bundesliga coverage

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, August 19

02:30 pm EDT
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Hertha Berlin
ESPN+

Saturday, August 20

09:30 am EDT
FC Augsburg vs. Mainz
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
VfL Wolfsburg vs. Schalke 04
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
VfB Stuttgart vs. SC Freiburg
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Borussia Dortmund vs. Werder Bremen
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Bayer Leverkusen vs. TSG Hoffenheim
ESPN+
12:30 pm EDT
FC Union Berlin vs. RB Leipzig
ESPN+

Sunday, August 21

09:30 am EDT
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. FC Köln
ESPN+
11:30 am EDT
VfL Bochum vs. Bayern Munich
ESPN+

Friday, August 26

02:30 pm EDT
SC Freiburg vs. VfL Bochum
ESPN+

Saturday, August 27

09:30 am EDT
RB Leipzig vs. VfL Wolfsburg
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Mainz vs. Bayer Leverkusen
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
TSG Hoffenheim vs. FC Augsburg
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Schalke 04 vs. FC Union Berlin
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Hertha Berlin vs. Borussia Dortmund
ESPN+
12:30 pm EDT
Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
ESPN+

Sunday, August 28

09:30 am EDT
FC Köln vs. VfB Stuttgart
ESPN+
11:30 am EDT
Werder Bremen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
ESPN+

Friday, September 2

02:30 pm EDT
Borussia Dortmund vs. TSG Hoffenheim
ESPN+

Saturday, September 3

09:30 am EDT
VfB Stuttgart vs. Schalke 04
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
FC Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Bayer Leverkusen vs. SC Freiburg
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
VfL Wolfsburg vs. FC Köln
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
VfL Bochum vs. Werder Bremen
ESPN+
12:30 pm EDT
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. RB Leipzig
ESPN+

Sunday, September 4

09:30 am EDT
FC Augsburg vs. Hertha Berlin
ESPN+
11:30 am EDT
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Mainz
ESPN+

Friday, September 9

02:30 pm EDT
Werder Bremen vs. FC Augsburg
ESPN+

Saturday, September 10

09:30 am EDT
Hertha Berlin vs. Bayer Leverkusen
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
TSG Hoffenheim vs. Mainz
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Dortmund
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Bayern Munich vs. VfB Stuttgart
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. VfL Wolfsburg
ESPN+
12:30 pm EDT
Schalke 04 vs. VfL Bochum
ESPN+

Sunday, September 11

09:30 am EDT
FC Köln vs. FC Union Berlin
ESPN+
11:30 am EDT
SC Freiburg vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
ESPN+

Friday, September 16

02:30 pm EDT
Mainz vs. Hertha Berlin
ESPN+

Saturday, September 17

09:30 am EDT
FC Augsburg vs. Bayern Munich
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke 04
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
VfB Stuttgart vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Werder Bremen
ESPN+
12:30 pm EDT
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. RB Leipzig
ESPN+

Sunday, September 18

09:30 am EDT
FC Union Berlin vs. VfL Wolfsburg
ESPN+
09:30 am EDT
VfL Bochum vs. FC Köln
ESPN+
01:30 pm EDT
TSG Hoffenheim vs. SC Freiburg
ESPN+

 

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Ra

    September 10, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    @Peterwohelski I agree. ESPN+ is dropping the ball on the Bundesliga because of LaLiga. They are committing too many resource and $s to make it successful. And now, with hardly any stars left in LaLiga, it seems like they are doubling-down. They pushed it so much with ESPN+ that I lost my interest in LaLiga altogether.

  2. Peterwohelski

    September 10, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    What happened to ESPN+’s Bundesliga coverage this season? They had a couple games the first two weeks of the season but now that the first division fixtures are in progress, there’s not been a match since! What about fans of Schalke, Werder Bremen, HSV and other big German clubs who are battling to come back up….

  3. disco george

    August 13, 2021 at 9:45 am

    I can only speak to the reason why I still have cable — I have an older person living in my home for whom trying to navigate all of the streaming stuff is just way, way too much. I don’t have the bandwidth (no pun intended) to play tech support 24/7, so the convenience of having everything in one place is worth it to my sanity.
    Although the Premier League is his least favorite mega-league, that’s what he ends up watching most of the time, unless I’m around to put on a Serie A match for him.

  4. jason

    August 13, 2021 at 8:31 am

    @Rick G Do yourself a big favor and get rid of cable TV altogether. I did that all the way back in 2009. Even now I have a personal rule to only pay for one streaming service at a time. From 2010-2019 it was Netflix. Dumbed that in 2019 for the Disney+/E+/Hulu combo.

    Granted Espn+ does not have everything like Champions league, there is enough to fill out the limited time we have in our days.

  5. Michael

    August 12, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    The ship has sailed. The world (especially the US) has shifted how they consume material. More and more Sports, Movies, TV etc are going digital. Even the EPL is going more digital. Why waste all that money on Cable?

  6. Ilya b.

    August 12, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Rick G.
    We live in digital world all games are available through streaming aka ESPN plus. On TV at best you will get 2-3 games a week. Also paying for P+, ESPN +, peacock, cost like 15$ month, You can also add being to get ligue1 and copa libertadores for another8$ you get pretty much every game vs paying 65$ month on TV to get like few games. I don’t get this obsession with cable. Cable model business is outdated and slowly dying. Streaming is like 5 times cheaper has on demand options and no commercials. Why are you still stuck with cable?

  7. Ra

    August 11, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Just get ESPN+. You are probably already spending 2x the amount with the compulsory RSN and OTA broadcast fees. If it was your provider, they wouldn’t think twice. They ‘d just get it and charge you twice under the pretence of some legalese fee.

  8. Rick G

    August 11, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Like last season, ESPN has removed Bundesliga games from television. The first live sport that was available during the pandemic, due to Fox Sports having the rights, is gone again. I can’t wait until ESPN’s contract runs out and hopefully the Bundesliga won’t renew let them reduce the size of their audience in the U.S. again.

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