GolTV Kicks Off Bundesliga Coverage

GolTV’s exclusive coverage of the Bundesliga’s 2008-09 season begins this week with a live telecast of the match between German soccer rivals Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV on Friday, Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The action continues Saturday with games between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortumund at 9:30 a.m. ET and another pitting FC Schalke 04 vs. Hannover 96 at 11 a.m. ET. On Sunday, Borussia Monchengladbach takes on VfB Stuttgart at 11 a.m. ET.

The all-soccer network earlier this month was dropped by Dish Network in contract dispute that also resulted in the DBS dropping four Midwestern TV stations owned by Citadel Communications from its lineup.

“Fans all over the world are eagerly anticipating the season opener of Bundesliga, one of Europe’s top leagues with international stars like Luca Toni, Franck Ribery and Miroslav Klose,” Enzo Francescoli, GolTV’s CEO, said in a statement. “Only GolTV delivers the best action from Germany, honoring our commitment to deliver unmatched international soccer coverage directly to fans in North America.”

GolTV viewers can also feed their need for Bundesliga coverage with Desmond Squire, host of Bundesliga Magazine every Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET, which premieres on Aug. 15. Squire goes one-on-one with the league’s top soccer stars and delivers news, analysis and highlights throughout the season.

In addition, fans of Germany’s premier league can tune into Hallo Bundesliga every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET beginning Aug. 19, which features in-depth analysis and highlights from each weekend of Germany’s Bundesliga action.