Bundesliga, roughly translated, means “national league.” It’s the top-level in which you can play in Germany. It’s like the Premier League in England. Or Serie A in Italy. Or La Liga in Spain.
The 2021/22 season just got underway last weekend. There were big wins for VfB Stuttgart, FC Köln, Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim. In the 1-1 curtain-raising match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Mӧnchengladbach, star striker Robert Lewandowski scored the equaliser for Munich, extending own Bundesliga record for scoring on the opening day of season to seven years running.
If you want to tune in to the top tier of German professional soccer, here’s how to watch Bundesliga in 2021.
How to watch the Bundesliga in the United States
ESPN+ became the home of the Bundesliga in the US last year, and the network has committed to comprehensive coverage of the game for the second year running, with over 300 live Bundesliga matches set to air exclusively on ESPN+ this season.
ESPN+ has become the go-to service for anyone who loves live sports. There’s just not enough room on traditional television for the sheer amount of games being played around the world on any given day or weekend, and that’s where streaming comes in.
Without the shackles of “channels,” ESPN+ is able to bring you every Bundesliga game on the schedule. Five games playing at the same time? No problem. You can pick and choose what you want to watch, and flip back and forth without any effort whatsoever.
In addition to all the live events — which goes far beyond the Bundesliga and touches pretty much sport you can think of worldwide — ESPN+ also has a smattering of original content and bits and pieces from the terrestrial side of the network, too.
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How to watch the Bundesliga in the UK
You might be expecting to head over to BT Sport to watch Bundesliga football in the UK, but you’d be wrong. BT’s contract with the German league expired at the end of the previous season.
If you’re a German football fan in the UK and Ireland, you’ll now find Bundesliga football on Sky Sports, as Sky has signed an exclusive four-year rights deal for coverage from the top league in Germany.
This agreement covers the domestic top-flight competition, as well as the German Super Cup which was just won by Bayern Munich on August 17.
Sky Sports kicked off its coverage with the first game of the season and will continue showing the premium fixture every weekend live on Saturday at 5:30pm on Sky Sports Football, with additional games being shown on other linear and digital Sky Sports channels including Sky Sports YouTube.
Upcoming Bundesliga fixtures
Below is a list of upcoming fixtures from the current Bundesliga season. You’ll find local kick-off times and info on how to watch each match.
Please note: If scheduling information is missing it will be added as soon as possible.
Friday August 20
RB Leipzig vs VfB Stuttgart – 2:30 pm EST on ESPN+ / 7:30 pm BST
Saturday August 21
Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Augsburg – 9:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
Sports-Club Freiburg vs Borussia Dortmund – 9:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
Vfl Bochum vs 1. FSV Mainz 05 – 9:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
SpVgg Greuther Fürth vs DSC Arminia Bielefeld – 9:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
Hertha BSC vs. VfL Wolfsburg – 9:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Borussia Mӧnchengladbach – 12:30pm on EST on ESPN+, ABC and ESPN Deportes / 5:30 pm on Sky Sports
Sunday August 22
TSG Hoffenheim vs 1. FC Union Berlin – 9:30 am on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
FC Bayern München vs 1. FC Köln 11:30 am on ESPN+ / 4:30 pm on Sky Sports
Friday August 27
Borussia Dortmund vs TSG Hoffenheim – 2:30 pm EST on ESPN+ / 7:30 pm BST
Saturday August 28
FC Augsburg vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen – 9:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
FSV Mainz 05 vs SpVgg Greuther Fürth – 9:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
Vfb Stuttgart vs Sport-Club Freiburg – 9:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
1. FC Köln vs Vfl Bochum 1848 – 9:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
DSC Arminia Bielefeld vs Eintracht Frankfurt – 9:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
FC Bayern München vs Hertha BSC 11:30 am on ESPN+ / 5:30 pm BST
Sunday August 29
1. FC Union Berlin vs Borussia Mӧnchengladbach – 9:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 2:30 pm BST
Vfl Wolfsburg vs RB Leipzig 11:30 am EST on ESPN+ / 4:30 pm BST