Talks are still underway for the return of MLS out of the current coronavirus shutdown, but the first of the major European leagues to return, the Bundesliga, is set to come back this weekend.
Games will be played behind closed doors, called “ghost games,” and while there have been coronavirus outbreaks on some teams, the show appears set to go on nonetheless. The 18 teams in the German top flight are 24 or 25 games into their seasons, and will aim to wrap up the current 2019-20 campaign. Bayern Munich remain atop the league standings, but three challengers — Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach — are all within six points of the defending champs.
No current San Jose Earthquakes players have connections to the current Bundesliga crop of clubs, although Florian Jungwirth has played for several teams that have been in the top division in Germany in the past.
Here’s how you can watch the re-opening week of the Bundesliga in the United States.
- 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, TUDN and usually Fox Deportes are generally available on cable systems in California. You can also find all of those channels on FuboTV. Fox Soccer Plus is a paid add-on channel, both on cable and FuboTV, while Fox Soccer Match Pass is a paid streaming service, after a seven-day free trial.
Are you planning to watch any of the games this weekend? What are you watching for in these “ghost games”? Let’s chat in the comments below.