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BT scores with German international friendly rights

BT Sport has won the rights to show all of Germany’s international friendly matches, as of September 3 and the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) Cup, Germany’s equivalent of the FA Cup. 

BT already has the rights to play many European league games including selected matches from Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1, and Germany’s Bundesliga, which was recently extended to 2017. 

Earlier this week, BT announced it was adding up to four live games a week from the Portuguese Primeira Liga to its offering, ensuring those involving the nation’s top three teams – Benfica, Porto FC and Sporting Lisbon – aren’t missed. 

BT Sport has extended its football rights to include German international friendlies

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “BT Sport now offers a feast of European football action for fans. Added to Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1, and Germany’s Bundesliga, today’s announcement gives our viewers a fantastic window into football on the continent.

“Our exclusively live TV coverage of Germany vs Argentina will provide an early test of the World Champions’ credentials.” 

The deal, however, does not include any of Germany’s matches against UK nations, as the BBC and ITV have the rights for those games.

Earlier this week, former Manchester United and England player Paul Scholes penned a deal to become a pundit for the service and its deal as an official partner of Arsenal football club was also extended for two more years.

The BT Sport channels are offered for free to all BT Broadband customers. BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN can be watched online, on iOS and Android devices or with BT TV, Sky and Virgin TV. 

BT Sport has the rights for 38 Barclays Premier League games. Sky Sports has the broadcast rights to the other 116 games. The first leg of fixtures for the 2014/15 season have been announced – BT Sport will show 12 games while Sky Sports will show the other 43. 


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