The Bundesliga is highlighted by the Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund clashes. There's no getting around that. But it's not even the biggest rivalry in Germany. There are bigger ones, and a handful of other tasty match-ups you better tune in for. You'll regret it if you don't. Lucky for you, all of the matches will be available on the FOX networks, be it FOX, FS1, FS2 or FOX Soccer 2Go.
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Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayer Leverkusen - August 27
These are the third and fourth place teams from last season. When you get a match-up like that on opener weekend, you would be wise to tune in. And if that doesn't sell you, budding star Julian Brandt, free kick wizard Hakan Calhanoglu, deadly goalscorer Raffael and American Fabian Johnson might do the trick. Watch this one, even if Chicharito is hurt.
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Hamburg vs. RB Leipzig - September 17
To say RB Leipzig are controversial would be an understatement. They were founded in 2009 essentially to be a marketing arm for Red Bull and last season, they completed their climb from the fifth division to the Bundesliga. In a league that so values its fans, history and the role of community, having a team named after a energy drink company isn't a natural fit. Still, they fought their way up from the bottom in just seven years and when they square off against Hamburg, they'll be taking on the only team to play in the Bundesliga every season since the league's founding.
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Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke - October 29
The Revierderby is the biggest rivalry in all of Germany. The two teams are the two biggest teams in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of the country and they absolutely hate each other. The match-up goes all the way back to 1925 and has only gained in venom since. It helps that now, both are unquestionably among the best teams in the Bundesliga and are in the hunt for the league or at least a Champions League place nearly every year. And if one of them isn't you can bet on the other wanting to play the role of spoiler. This one gets heated and -- not that we condone fighting -- it's probably your best bet to see some hands thrown.
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Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich - November 19
This is the biggest match in Germany every season. The two clubs have combined to win the last seven Bundesliga titles and have finished one-two in four of the last five season, including last year. It wasn't that long ago that they squared off in the UEFA Champions league final. Basically, both teams have been powerhouses and their clashes have been the best the Bundesliga has to offer. With both clubs loaded again this season, it should be more of the same, plus this one will be in front of Dortmund's fearsome Yellow Wall.
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Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Koln - November 19
Not far away from the Revierderby, you have these two teams -- in close proximity to each other and also very, very venomous. As one Gladbach player said two years ago, "Putting it in somewhat exaggerated terms, we can get relegated but we must not lose against Koln." That about sums it up.
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Hamburg vs. Werder Bremen - November 25
These are the two biggest and most popular clubs in North Germany. They've played 146 times and it's been close from the start, with Werder winning 56 matches to Hamburg's 53. The match could also have huge stakes as both could find themselves sliding back into the relegation race.
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Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund - January 20
The first matches after the winter break are always a good time. The players are fresh, but not as rusty as they are at the beginning of the season. Still, there's a bit of issues from the time off, which usually hurts defenders and leads to some more space to attack. This will be a good weekend for a match to get all kinds of crazy, and this is the best match-up to deliver it.
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Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund - April 8
This match-up? Again? Yes again. When they play, you watch. That's just how it goes. You thank the soccer gods you have another opportunity to see them square off and leave it at that. Don't be so ungrateful.
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Schalke vs. Wolfsburg - April 8
Schalke bought Naldo from Wolfsburg this summer to add a little spice to this one. Both teams could find themselves battling for a Champions League place too and with this one coming just two months before the end of the season, the stakes will be sky high. The players also walk through a tunnel that looks like a terrifying mine at Schalke, and that's important.
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Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich - April 15
If you want goals, check this one out. Just consider the talent that will be on the field: Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Douglas Costa, David Alaba, Chicharito, Calhanoglu, Brandt and Karim Bellarabi. Yes please.