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Germany’s answer to the FA Cup features two of its best teams trying for a title’s that been elusive to them both.
Both Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are going to the Champions League next season, with Bayern winning its seventh straight title (and eight in the past 10 years), and Leipzig finishing third in just its third Bundesliga season ever. They’ll face off this Saturday for the DFB-Pokal, Germany’s version of the FA Cup or the Copa del Rey, a tournament involving teams throughout the pyramid of German soccer.
Bayern Munich vs. RB Leipzig (DFB-Pokal Final)
- When: 2pm ET, Saturday, May 25
- Where: Olympiastadion Berlin in Berlin, Germany
- Streaming: ESPNews
DFB-Pokal Final live stream: Watch Bayern Munich vs. RB Leipzig for free
Each of the following services carries ESPNews providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch the DFB-Pokal Final for free.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where this match will be featured; see if yours has it here.) If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month, where you’ll find ESPNEWS) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for soccer fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. ESPNEWS (where the final will play) is part of the Core package of channels that offer soccer and other sports programming, and the options increase at the Elite and Ultra levels.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, ESPNEWS for the DFB-Pokal Final, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
DFB-Pokal Final: Why it matters
While Bayern Munich’s been dominant in Bundesliga, it’s only won one of the last four DFB-Pokal Finals; in fact, the trophy’s gone to four different teams the last four seasons, with Eintracht Frankfurt beating Bayern 3-1 in the most recent edition. If Bayern bucks that trend, they’ll apparently have to do it with midfielder Leon Goretzka, who is reported to be carrying enough of an injury to be a concern. Of course, they have plenty of other options to field a talent-laden squad.
RB Leipzig is talented as well—and one of the team’s leading lights this season is Tyler Adams, the 20-year-old American international player who came over from New York Red Bulls. He’s joined a team that includes Timo Werner (part of Germany’s 2018 World Cup team), Swedish standout Emil Forsberg, and Portugal international forward Bruma. Winning the cup final would be another key step in Leipzig’s quick ascent to German soccer prominence, though just making it this far sends a signal of its ambition.
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Phil West is a sports reporter and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.