Created on 2020-11-05 at 21:15 PM
ESPN+ and Bundesliga are teaming up to host a virtual watch party for the highly-anticipated Der Klassiker match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich, streaming live in the United States on ESPN+. The watch party, hosted via Zoom by ESPN’s Mauricio Pedroza, will include a pregame visit from Alphonso Davies, and a halftime show featuring interviews with Bundesliga soccer legends Patrick Owomoyela (Borussia Dortmund) and Roy Makaay (FC Bayern München). There are also other surprises waiting for attendees!
“The Klassiker is always an important date in the Bundesliga calendar,” commented Rudolf Vidal, FC Bayern München’s President of the Americas. “Even though we are in uncertain times we are working with our partners to bring games to life for our fans in the Americas. FC Bayern is the world’s biggest sports family and our aim is to keep us all connected and close to the on-field action,” he added.
“Bringing fans together virtually for Der Klassiker is just the latest example of how we’re engaging with fans in new and innovative ways,” said Russell Wolff, EVP & General Manager, ESPN+. “Together with Bundesliga, we’re able to enhance the live match on ESPN+ with a companion viewing platform that gives fans exclusive access to experience the match with not only each other but also their favorite clubs.”
“Our passionate fans are part of the Bundesliga’s DNA. And though we can’t gather together in the same place, we still want fans to feel united when supporting their team. It is great to be working with ESPN+ to bring Dortmund and Bayern fans in the United States together for one of the biggest matches in world football, and this virtual fan watch party is sure to be a lot of fun,” stated Arne Rees, Executive Vice President – Strategy of Americas Bundesliga International office.
Fans in the U.S. can register for free to receive a Zoom link to the watch party, which will begin on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 12:15 p.m. ET just before kickoff. In addition to the halftime interviews, both clubs and the league will have surprises in store for fans throughout the match.
“We are very excited to be part of the virtual watch party, providing our fans in the US an opportunity to come together and support our team in this highlight match. It is great to see the growing interest of US soccer fans in BVB and the Bundesliga as a whole and with Gio Reyna, the youngest US player to score a Bundesliga goal, we hope to encourage even more people to follow BVB. Unfortunately we cannot meet our fans in person right now, so we look forward to see many BVB fans on Saturday, making this a great experience for everyone.” – Benedikt Scholz, Head of International and New Business at Borussia Dortmund.