The 2018/2019 Bundesliga Schedule, Along with Bundesliga 2 and DFB 1st Round

Following the unexpected early exit of the German national side from this year’s World Cup, fans of German fussball will be anxious to see the Bundesliga season begin.  Training camps begin at the beginning of July, while clubs like Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt will be involved in summer tours abroad.  The season is ushered in by the DFL SuperCup competition between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday August 12, and following the first round of the DFB Pokal tournament involving 64 German clubs, the 2018/2019 Bundesliga season officially begins on the weekend of August 24, with champions Bayern Munich hosting TSG Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena that Friday.

Other big matchups on Matchday 1 include the Borussia Dortmund-RB Leipzig clash while rivals Borussia Monchengladbach battle Bayer 04 Leverkusen.  Newly promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf begin their season hosting FC Augsburg, while Bundesliga returnees 1.FC Nürnberg start their season away to Hertha Berlin.

Bundesliga 2018/2019 Schedule

The German 2nd division season starts the weekend of August 3.  Demoted club Hamburger SV begins their hopeful bounceback season, their first in the 2nd division during the Bundesliga era, hosting Holstein Kiel, while the other demoted side, 1.FC Köln, start the 2018/2019 campaign on the road at VfL Bochum.  Bundesliga 2 newcomers 1.FC Magdeburg open at home against popular side FC St. Pauli while the other promoted club, SC Paderborn 07, kick off the new season away to SV Darmstadt 98.  The first leg  of the Hamburg derby, between HSV and St. Pauli, occurs on the weekend of September 28

Bundesliga 2 2018/2019 Schedule

3. Liga

The season schedule for the 3. Liga season has not been yet released, but the 3rd division does kick off its 2018/2019 campaign on July 27, with the season ending on May 18.  Newly promoted sides 1860 Munich, Energy Cottbus and KFC Uerdingen 05 join the 20 team league, while Eintracht Braunschweig and 1.FC Kaiserslautern complete in the 3rd division after being demoted from Bundesliga 2.

You can follow this fun and competitive league via highlights posted on the YouTube Sportschau channel and check out the many matchday reports from last season on the Bundesliga Fanatic by Wayne Symes, who artfully combines regional history, club tradition, match atmosphere and the matchday action in providing a full-spectrum view of Germany’s 3rd division.

DFB Pokal 1st Round Schedule

The DFB Pokal begins its first round on Friday, August 17.  64 clubs will clash, with the ‘big’ clubs playing away against their lower-league competition in the first round, one reason why the Pokal is such a treat.  Holders Eintracht Frankfurt go about defending their trophy on Saturday as they visit SSV Ulm.  In the past few years, several matches from each round have been streamed on ESPN Watch in the US — hopefully they will be again this season.

 

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Friday,
17.08.2018
20:45
Club logo SV Wehen Wiesbaden -: – Club logo FC St. Pauli  comparison
Friday,
17.08.2018
20:45
Club logo 1. FC Magdeburg -: – Club logo SV Darmstadt 98  comparison
Friday,
17.08.2018
20:45
Club logo 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 -: – Club logo FC Schalke 04  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
15:30
Club logo SV Linx -: – Club logo 1. FC Nuremberg  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
15:30
Club logo SV Rödinghausen -: – Club logo Dynamo Dresden  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
15:30
Club logo SV Elversberg -: – Club logo VfL Wolfsburg  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
15:30
Club logo TuS Dassendorf -: – Club logo MSV Duisburg  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
15:30
Club logo VfR Wormatia Worms -: – Club logo SV Werder Bremen  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
15:30
Club logo SV Drochtersen / Assel -: – Club logo Bayern Munich  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
15:30
Club logo 1. FC Kaiserslautern -: – Club logo 1899 Hoffenheim  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
15:30
Club logo 1.CfR Pforzheim -: – Club logo Bayer 04 Leverkusen  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
15:30
Club logo SSV Ulm 1846 football -: – Club logo Eintracht Frankfurt  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
18:30
Club logo TuS Erndtebrück -: – Club logo Hamburger SV  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
18:30
Club logo Red-White Oberhausen -: – Club logo SV Sandhausen  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
18:30
Club logo Erzgebirge Aue -: – Club logo 1. FSV Mainz 05  comparison
Saturday,
18.08.2018
20:45
Club logo Hansa Rostock -: – Club logo VfB Stuttgart  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
15:30
Club logo 1. FC Lok Stendal -: – Club logo Arminia Bielefeld  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
15:30
Club logo TSV Steinbach Haiger -: – Club logo FC Augsburg  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
15:30
Club logo TuS Rot-Weiß Koblenz -: – Club logo Fortuna Dusseldorf  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
15:30
Club logo SC Weiche Flensburg 08 -: – Club logo VfL Bochum  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
15:30
Club logo BSG Chemie Leipzig -: – Club logo Jahn Regensburg  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
15:30
Club logo BFC Dynamo -: – Club logo 1. FC Cologne  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
15:30
Club logo SSV Jeddeloh -: – Club logo 1. FC Heidenheim  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
15:30
Club logo FC Viktoria Cologne -: – Club logo RB Leipzig  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
15:30
Club logo Karlsruher SC -: – Club logo Hannover 96  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
18:30
Club logo TSV 1860 Munich -: – Club logo Holstein Kiel  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
18:30
Club logo FC Carl Zeiss Jena -: – Club logo 1. FC Union Berlin  comparison
Sunday,
19.08.2018
18:30
Club logo BSC Hastedt -: – Club logo Borussia Mönchengladbach  comparison
Monday,
20.08.2018
18:30
Club logo SC Paderborn 07 -: – Club logo FC Ingolstadt  comparison
Monday,
20.08.2018
18:30
Club logo Energie Cottbus -: – Club logo SC Freiburg  comparison
Monday,
20.08.2018
18:30
Club logo Eintracht Braunschweig -: – Club logo Hertha BSC  comparison
Monday,
20.08.2018
20:45
Club logo SpVgg Greuther Fürth -: – Club logo Borussia Dortmund  comparison

 

 

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

1 Comment

  1. I have to talk about the protests and the DFB and what they want to do now that the 17-18 season is over. We need a fan’s perspective, so here I am. Do we want a Chinese team in a German league? We’d be opening the Bundesliga market to China, but the only way this will work is that the Chinese players after they turn 20 could join a Bundesliga team (maybe our Gladbach?). The Deutscher Fussball-Bund is making the best league in the world worse, and worse, and then I will have to watch the Premier League all day once the Bundesliga falls and folds (I watch five Liverpool matches a year because of the 40 year Gladbach-Liverpool friendship), but the Premier League doesn’t have as good a feel as the Bundesliga. Lastly, I have to write my grievances on the ultras/hooligans issue. Hooligans and ultras are a part of the Bundesliga. Even if you ban them they are still a piece of Bundesliga history, and you can’t change that. Verein in German means “union”, and fans – including ultras and hooligans – are part of the union. I love the Bundesliga and all teams in it, even though Gladbach is my team – but the DFB should reconsider what they are doing, destroying German football. If they go through with the plans, the fans will keep protesting, and the DFB will become a fan-run organization. So I have to ask the DFB this question: are you really going to go through with this?

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