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Bundesliga 2020-21: Preview, Schedule, How to Watch Online in the US

The Bundesliga was the first of Europe’s major leagues to fully conclude its 2019-20 season, but Germany’s elite will be among the last on the continent to kickstart their 2020-21 campaign.

Read our full Bundesliga Preview here.

Bayern Munich are beaming after winning a historic treble despite the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and all signs suggest the reigning kings of Europe will be difficult to budge from any of their thrones.

Hansi Flick begins his first full season as manager at the Allianz Arena, leading a squad teeming with star talent into what could be a record-extending ninth straight Bundesliga crown:


Die Roten christen the new campaign in the opening fixture at home to Schalke on Friday (Sept. 18). Bayern will hope for a better start to this term than the previous season, although the club recovered (and then some) to ultimately finish 13 points ahead of runners-up Borussia Dortmund.

One star hoping to make a key difference in their title pursuit is January arrival Erling Haaland, whose potential continues to register off the scale after he was recently in UEFA Nations League action for Norway:


The Black and Yellows have settled for second in each of the last two terms and have a tough opening fixture at home to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday (Sept. 19).

RB Leipzig begin their fifth top-flight season at home to Mainz one day later, with Julian Nagelsmann dreaming of improvement upon the club’s second-place finish in 2017:


2020-21 Bundesliga Week 1 Schedule

Friday, September 18

Bayern Munich vs. Schalke, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, TUDN, live stream on fuboTV

Saturday, September 19

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Arminia Bielefeld, 9:30 a.m. ET
Union Berlin vs. Augsburg, 9:30 a.m. ET
Cologne vs. Hoffenheim, 9:30 a.m. ET
Werder Bremen vs. Hertha Berlin, 9:30 a.m. ET
Stuttgart vs. Freiburg, 9:30 a.m. ET
Borussia Dortmund vs. Borussia Monchengladbach, 12:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, September 20

RB Leipzig vs. Mainz, 9:30 a.m. ET
Wolfsburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 12 p.m. ET

Visit the Bundesliga’s official website to see the 2020-21 calendar in full.

Promoted clubs generally haven’t cut the mustard after making it to Germany’s top rung in recent years, with Arminia Bielefeld and Stuttgart out to prove they belong following their step up from the second division. Arminia visit Eintracht Frankfurt in Week 1 while Stuttgart host Freiburg, the latter hoping to cement their place in the Bundesliga after two relegations in four years.

German clubs are again permitted to make five substitutions per match in 2020-21 after authorities confirmed that chance will be carried over from the previous season, via Sports Illustrated. Fans will be permitted to watch matches in limited numbers at certain grounds to begin the campaign, though restrictions could ease as the season progresses.

Bayern had no trouble beefing up their trophy cabinet in 2020 without supporters by their side, but Flick’s side have painted an even greater target on their backs ahead of the new season.

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