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Why are Bayern Munich playing on Friday? Harry Kane and co face Bayer Leverkusen three days after international break

Bayern Munich will return to Bundesliga action this week, only three days after the end of September’s international break. 

The German champions are set to be thrown straight into a clash with Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena on Friday night. 


Kane won’t have much time to recover from England dutyCredit: Getty

Harry Kane is among the stars who will return to Bayern and have very limited time to rest before taking to the pitch again.

The scheduling has led to concerns from the staff at both teams but it won’t be changed and takes a look at why that is the case…

Why are Bayern Munich playing on Friday night?

Bayern’s clash with Leverkusen is taking place on Friday due to television scheduling.

In Germany, TV rights allocations are split between broadcasters with Sky Germany having the first choice for games in their slot on Saturday.

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However, as part of the country’s broadcasting rules, Sky can only show each team eight times a season and because of that, they have opted against showing Bayern this time around.

This means the game was available for DAZN to take for their coverage and they claimed it.

But an issue with that is they only have the broadcasting rights to show Bundesliga games on a Friday or a Sunday.

Bayern face Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday which means that cannot play on Sunday, leaving Friday as the only possible day.

And therefore that is the day it will be played on.

Tuchel is not of fan of the scheduling


Tuchel is not of fan of the schedulingCredit: Getty

This has not pleased manager Thomas Tuchel who told Sky Germany: “It’s a bit tough for both teams to play on Friday night.

“It’s a top Bundesliga game, both teams have a lot of national players, so I’m not really sure it’s a good idea to play the game on Friday night.”

It also frustrated Leverkusen who will be seeing a lot of their key players heading back from international duty soon before the game. 

The club’s Managing Director for Sport complained to German outlet Kicker, saying: “It’s not really understandable that this game is taking place on a Friday.

“But that goes for both teams, who would have preferred to play on Saturday. It’s not a big problem, but it would have been preferable.”

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