With the K-League starting global soccer back up after the coronavirus shutdown (no kudos to the Nicaraguan and Belarussian leagues for never shutting down), the highest-profile league yet to restart is coming back this weekend, and that’s the Bundesliga, Germany’s top tier of men’s soccer.
Unlike the K-League, which made their opening game last week available to watch in the United States but have no broadcast agreement for the rest of the matches, the Bundesliga has a fairly accessible way to watch many games in the United States, through broadcast agreements with Fox Sports and Univision.
The action kicks off Saturday, with five simultaneous games. The bad news is the games are at 6:30 am PT, but the good news is this is new, live soccer! Beggars can’t be choosers, as they say.
The highlight of the slate is the derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke. As for the table at present, reigning champion Bayern Munich are again on top with 55 points, but they are getting a real challenge this year. Borussia Dortmund sit four points back in second place, while RB Leipzig (50 points) and Borussia Monchengladbach (49 points) are pushing to try and spring a big upset in the title race.
Here’s this weekend’s schedule in the Bundesliga and how you can watch in the U.S.:
- Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke - Sat., 6:30 am PT - FS1, Fox Deportes
- RB Leipzig vs. Freiburg - Sat., 6:30 am PT - FS2, TUDN
- Hoffenheim vs. Hertha Berlin - Sat., 6:30 am PT - Fox Soccer Match Pass
- Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Paderborn - Sat., 6:30 am PT - Fox Soccer Match Pass
- Augsburg vs. Wolfsburg - Sat., 6:30 am PT - Fox Soccer Plus
- Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach - Sat., 9:30 am PT - FS1, TUDN
- Köln vs. Mainz - Sun., 6:30 am PT - FS1, Fox Deportes
- Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich - Sun., 9 am PT - FS1, TUDN
- Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen - Mon., 11:30 am PT, FS2
FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and TUDN tend to be available on most cable systems in California, although specific listings vary. Fox Soccer Plus is a paid add-on channel that is usually not thrown into most cable packages, while Fox Soccer Match Pass is Fox’s paid streaming service, which is $19.99/month or $139/year after a seven-day free trial.
You can also watch FS1, FS2 and TUDN on FuboTV, which you can subscribe to here if you need a way to watch these channels. You can also add on Fox Deportes and Fox Soccer Plus on FuboTV to your package.
Will you be watching the return of the Bundesliga? Which game are you most looking forward to? Let’s chat in the comments below.