Want to know how to stream Bundesliga matches for the 2020-21 season? Here’s an overview.
- The 58th Bundesliga season commenced on Sept. 18.
- Bayern Munich will defend its title; it has won eight straight now, dating back to 2012-13.
- Bayern will also be defending its UEFA Champions League and DFB-Pokal trophies this season, after winning the treble in 2019-20.
- VfB Stuttgart and Arminia Bielefeld both return to Bundesliga play this year.
- Select matches will air on ESPN and its family of networks.
- You can catch every single game of the season with ESPN Plus.
Best Bundesliga matches this week
|Bayern Munich vs. |
|Friday, Sept. 18, 2:30pm ET|
ESPN and ESPN+
|Borussia Dortmund vs. |
|Saturday, Sept. 19, 12:30pm ET|
|Wolfsburg vs. |
|Sunday, Sept. 20, 12pm ET|
Bayern Munich vs. Schalke live stream
- When: Friday, Sept. 18, 2:30pm ET
- Where: Allianz Arena in Munich
- Broadcast: ESPN
- Streaming Service: ESPN+
According to the oddsmakers at BetMGM (as of Sept. 14):
- Bayern Munich, -834 (wager $834 to win $100)
- Schalke 04, +750 (wager $100 to win $750)
- Draw, +1550
Bundesliga Table (updated September 14)
|12||1. FC Koln||0|
|14||1. FC Union Berlin||0|
|15||1. FSV Mainz 05||0|
Bundesliga live stream: How to watch Bundesliga matches online
You’ll want ESPN+ to stream Bundesliga live. That’s a change from Fox, which held the American broadcast rights to the league most recently.
There’s a difference between ESPN and ESPN Plus. ESPN+ is a subscription-based streaming service that lets you watch live sports action you won’t find anywhere else. Think of it as super-sizing your ESPN viewing. It allows you to stream more sports, including exclusive baseball games, soccer matches, and MMA fights.
It has partnerships with Major League Baseball, a number of soccer leagues around the world (including MLS, USL, Serie A, and now Bundesliga), and UFC. It’s become increasingly essential for sports fans to add it to their streaming set-up.
Plus, you’ll gain access to the entire 30 for 30 catalog of sports documentaries, plus other great ESPN programming to keep you informed and entertained.
What is the Bundesliga?
The Bundesliga was created in 1963 out of number of regional leagues. The league houses Germany’s 18 top club teams.
It’s set up like major European leagues. Each team plays home and away matches against all the other teams in the league. Teams get three points for a win and one point for a draw. The August-through-May season determines the league winner. (There’s no playoff system. Like other European leagues, though, the teams play in a tournament that runs at the same time as the season.)
There’s also a promotion and relegation system. The bottom two teams automatically drop to the second division, replaced by the top two teams in the 2. Bundesliga. The 16th-place team gets to play for its Bundesliga life in a playoff against 2. Bundesliga’s third-place finisher.
Why is the Bundesliga worth checking out?
Germany is quite accomplished as soccer—witness Die Mannschaft, its men’s national team, and the four World Cups it’s won as recently as 2014. It stands to reason, then, that its top league is one of the world’s best. The Bundesliga’s appeal goes far beyond Germany, though: Bayern Munich is one of the best club teams in the world featuring a truly international lineup, and a number of other teams have players you recognize from recent World Cups, Euros, and Copa Americas.
As a bonus for American fans, some of the U.S.’s best young players are developing in this world-class league.
Which Bundesliga teams should I know?
Any getting-to-know-the-Bundesliga conversation should start with Bayern Munich, winner of the last eight titles and nine of the last 11. It does it largely by amassing superior talent: Sometimes from Bundesliga rivals, though it’s a truly global team in both the lineup and appeal. While German national team players like Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, and Leon Goretza contribute, their current roster includes French defender Benjamin Pavard, whose physics-defying goal in the 2018 World Cup raised his profile, and Canadian midfielder Alphonso Davies, a promising young player who came of age for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
For American fans, Borussia Dortmund has been a must-watch in recent years as Christian Pulisic—arguably the best U.S. player in a generation—came of age with the team. He moved to the Premier League this summer, but Dortmund still has talent. Jadon Sancho, an English star in the making, features there, as do Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, and Paco Alcácer. And there’s another promising young American developing at the club post-Pulisic: Gio Reyna, the teenage son of U.S. soccer legend and current Austin FC sporting director Claudio Reyna.
American players play roles at other big Bundesliga clubs.
Tyler Adams, another evolving young player instrumental in future World Cups, plays for RB Leipzig. That team is part of the Red Bull family of international soccer teams and considered somewhat of a party-crasher to German football tradition.
Up-and-coming striker Josh Sargent is developing at Werder Bremen. Weston McKennie, who was with Schalke before moving to Juventus this summer. (That’s also a big deal.)
Bundesliga top scorers
The top scorers for the 2019-20 season were:
- Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich (34 goals)
- Timo Werner, RB Leipzig (28 goals)
- Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund (17 goals)
- Wout Weghorst, VfL Wolfsburg (16 goals)
- Rouwen Hennings, Fortuna Düsseldorf (15 goals)
Here’s the list of recent Bundesliga champions; it pretty much speaks for itself.
- 2019-20: Bayern Munich
- 2018-19: Bayern Munich
- 2017-18: Bayern Munich
- 2016-17: Bayern Munich
- 2015-16: Bayern Munich
- 2014-15: Bayern Munich
- 2013-14: Bayern Munich
- 2012-13: Bayern Munich
- 2011-12: Borussia Dortmund
- 2010-11: Borussia Dortmund
Here’s the complete list of champions going back to 1963.