Another season of the Bundesliga is soon upon us, and German football fans will be looking forward to see if the 2019/2020 term will be as dramatic as last year's. For once, the title race was actually a title race in 2018/2019 as it wasn't a one-horse affair as it has mostly been in recent times.
Teams like Bayer Leverkusen also had strong campaigns and now are back in the Champions League for the first time in several seasons, and there's a new team in the Bundesliga for the first time in their history.
Here's all you need to know ahead of the 2019/2020 season.
When does the Bundesliga start?
The 2019/2020 Bundesliga season will begin on August 16, 2019, with Bayern Munich in action at home against Hertha Berlin.
Which teams are playing in the Bundesliga?
Here are the 18 teams who will be competing in the Bundesliga this season:
- Hertha Berlin
- Union Berlin
- Werder Bremen
- Borussia Dortmund
- Fortuna Düsseldorf
- SC Freiburg
- FC Köln
- RB Leipzig
- Bayer Leverkusen
- Borussia Mönchengladbach
- Bayern Munich
- SC Paderborn
Who are the current champions?
Not surprisingly, Bayern Munich are the champions once again of the Bundesliga. The Bavarian giants have enjoyed a long period of dominance, and will be the team to beat again this season. However, die Roten had to work a lot harder last season to retain their title, and that made for a much more exciting title race last term as Borussia Dortmund pushed them all the way to the final matchday. Unfortunately for die Schwarzgelben supporters, der Klassiker proved to be probably the deciding factor, as Bayern crushed Dortmund 5-0 and ended up winning the title by two points - despite both teams winning their last game on matchday 34.
Dortmund were leading the way at one point, but stumbled mid-way as Bayern got their act together and started to close the gap. From a neutral perspective, fans will hope to see another great battle between these two sides - and possibly another dark horse or two this season!
Who are the promoted and relegated teams?
Promoted: Union Berlin, SC Paderborn, FC Köln
Relegated: Stuttgart, FC Nürnberg, Hannover
What are the key fixtures in the Bundesliga?
- Borussen Derby #1: Dortmund vs Gladbach (October 18, 2019)
- Revierderby #1: Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund (October 25, 2019)
- East-West Berlin Derby #1: Union Berlin vs. Hertha Berlin (November 1, 2019)*
- Der Klassiker #1: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund (November 8, 2019)
- Borussen Derby #2: Gladbach vs Dortmund (March 6, 2020)
- Revierderby #2: Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke (March 14, 2020)
- East-West Berlin Derby #2: Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin (March 21, 2020)
- Der Klassiker #2: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich (April 4, 2020)
*First time this tie will be played in the Bundesliga in German football history due to Union Berlin securing a historic promotion to the top flight
What are the Bundesliga's broadcasting channels (TV, online streaming, and on-demand)?
TV: Fox Sports USA is your source to catch your favorite German side throughout the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season. If you speak Spanish, feel free to check out Fox Deportes for selected matches. Other options for Spanish-speakers include TUDN and Univision USA (five to six matches per matchday).
Online streaming: Fox Sports GO and Fox Soccer Match Pass are your choices for English-speakers. TUDN Live and Univision Now are your choices for Spanish-speakers.
On-demand: Fubo TV will stream all matches shown on Fox Sports USA and Univision TV.
TV: Eurosport 2 HD Xtra broadcast only Monday and Friday evening games each round. Meanwhile, Sky Germany will be broadcasting all other games which Eurosport 2 isn't covering on Sky Bundesliga channels.
Online streaming and on-demand: DAZN DACH only broadasts games which are shown on Eurosport 2 HD Xtra.
TV: Check out BT Sport for Bundesliga coverage throughout the season.
Online streaming: BT Sport 1, 2, 3, and BT Sport ESPN will provide online streaming options over the course of the 2019/2020 term.
TV: beIN Sports will provide coverage.
Online streaming: Check out beIN Sports CONNECT.
TV: Eleven Sports Portugal will broadcast five to six games per round in Portugal.
TV: Fox Sports will be broadcasting select games in Brazil.
TV: Fox Sports Netherlands will broadcast five to six games per round on various TV channels.
Online streaming: Fox Sports GO will provide streaming services for select games.
TV: beIN Sports Australia will carry Bundesliga games on its various channels.
Online streaming: beIN CONNECT Australia will provide streaming choices on various devices.
On-demand: Kayo Sports will broadcast games featured on beIN Sports and beIN CONNECT.
TV: SKY Italia will broadcast five to six games per matchday in Italy.
TV: StarTimes will broadcast all matches of the 2019/2020 Bundesliga in Nigeria.
TV: StarTimes will broadcast all matches of the 2019/2020 Bundesliga in South Africa.
TV: Movistar will broadcast select key Bundesliga games.