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Are you ready for some fussball? The 2020-21 German Bundesliga season kicks off on Friday with serial champions (and winners of the last eight titles) Bayern Munich hosting Schalke — watch live in the U.S., 2.30 p.m. ET, ESPN — and with that, plenty of anticipation for what promises to be an exceptional campaign.

The Bundesliga has it all: fan passion, top American prospects, world-class stars from A (Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich) to Z (Denis Zakaria, Borussia Monchengladbach), a titan in Bayern and a strong chasing pack led by Borussia Dortmund.

– Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+
– Stream Bundesliga all season long on ESPN+
– Take our quiz: Which Bundesliga club should you support?

Having picked your Bundesliga team in our illustrated quiz, now it’s time to get up to speed on the best players, the nuances of German soccer and the biggest rivalries to track throughout the 2020-21 campaign.

Let’s get started.

Jump to: Title contenders | 50+1 rule | 18 teams, 18 players to watch | The Americans | A league of David vs. Goliath | Fan culture | Big rivalries

Who will contend for the title: Bayern and who else?

RB Leipzig led the league at the midway point last season and eventually reached the Champions League semifinals. Borussia Dortmund boast one of the most terrifying attacks in the world and nearly took down Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions…

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