Borussia Dortmund opens their campaign to reclaim the German Cup, also known as the DFB-Pokal, in what could be called a North Rhine-Westphalia derby, when they travel about 30 miles west to Düsseldorf where they will face the third-division, Krefeld-base club KFC Uerdingen 05 in an opening-round match. After missing out on the Bundesliga title by a single point last season, Dortmund is off to a roaring start so far, and the official domestic league season has not even begun yet. But BVB won all five preseason matches and capped it off with what must have been a satisfying 2-0 victory over champions Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup, as Fansided reports. Now they face last season’s 11th-place third-tier side in what should be a relatively comfortable victory in a match that will live stream on Friday.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the KFC Uerdingen vs. Borussia Dortmund German Cup first-round match, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. Central European Summer Time at the 54,600-seat Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on Friday, August 9.
In the United States, the start time is 2:45 p.m. EDT, 11:45 a.m. PDT. In the United Kingdom, the match gets underway at 7:45 p.m. British Summer Time. In China, the start time will be 2:25 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, China Standard Time.
For KFC Uerdingen star Kevin Grosskreutz, the game represents at least a chance at payback. Dumped amid controversy after he was pulled from the DFB-Pokal final against Bayern in 2014, as DW.com recounts, the former Dortmund star — and German World Cup winner — finally gets an opportunity to face his previous club.
To watch a free live stream of the KFC Uerdingen vs. Borussia Dortmund German Cup opening round showdown, log in to ESPN3, the online-only network offered by the sports broadcasting giant ESPN. ESPN3 is free of charge to anyone with cable or satellite TV service provider login credentials and is available through the ESPN and WatchESPN apps for mobile devices, as well as on set-top streaming boxes, such as the Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire. ESPN3 will also live stream the earlier Arsenal FC vs. FC Bayern Munich women’s match.
However, there is a way to watch KFC Uerdingen vs. Borussia Dortmund live online for free without a cable login. Without the aforementioned credentials, fans can sign up for a free trial of a multi-channel live TV streaming package, such as Sling TV or YouTube TV. Those internet TV services require credit card information and subscription fees, but they each offer free seven-day trial periods, allowing fans to watch the international club friendly at no charge. Note that while Sling TV offers ESPN3 as part of its regular package; YouTube TV viewers will need to use their newly-acquired login credentials to sign in to the ESPN app or website to access ESPN3.
Direct TV Sports Caribbean will stream the game throughout the Caribbean islands. In China, PPTV 1 will live stream the Cup final. For a list of other outlets around the globe that will stream the Uerdingen vs. Dortmund match, be sure to check Live Soccer TV.
In the United Kingdom, there will be no television broadcast or live stream offered for the KFC Uerdingen vs. Borussia Dortmund match. But fans can likely watch the match through another provider listed in this article by using a VPN service, such as those recommended by CNet, or by using the built-in VPN that comes with the Opera web browser.