Pay TV operator StarTimes media has announced the planned live broadcast of the 2022/23 Bundesliga season curtain-raiser that will see Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München and Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane travelling to DFB Cup winners RB Leipzig for the DFL Supercup.
The match will be live this Saturday 30th July on World Football channel from 9:30pm. Last year, Bayern won the curtain-raiser before the start of the Bundesliga season and will be looking to repeat the feat for a record-extending 10th time with a new cast of attacking talents, all eager to make their mark at the Red Bull Arena.
Chief among them is new Bayern signing Mane, who was named African Player of the Year last week after a stellar season in which he became an African champion with Senegal and won two trophies with Liverpool.
Mane has already got on the score sheet as a Bayern player, netting in the 6-2 win over DC United on their US Tour. The 30-year-old will now be keen to make a big impact in his first competitive match for Julian Nagelsmann’s team.
Dutch defender Matthijs De Ligt was on also on target in America, and the Netherlands international is another recruit who looks right at home in Munich after his move from Juventus and German stars like Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Thomas Müller should all be available this weekend as they look to add to their already vast trophy collections.
Leipzig, though, have the talent to beat Bayern. French attacker Christopher Nkunku was named as the Bundesliga Player of the Year for 2021/22 after getting 20 goals and 13 assists to help his side finish fourth in the Bundesliga. Crucially, he also scored an equaliser in the DFB Cup final, which Leipzig won on penalties against Freiburg to land their first major trophy.
Portuguese striker Andre Silva got 11 league goals in his first season at the club and he and his teammates will be out to get one over Bayern and their former Leipzig players Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer.
The coaches will be worth keeping an eye on as well, since Leipzig boss Domenico Tedesco and Bayern counterpart Nagelsmann know each other well. They graduated from the DFB coaching school together in 2016, when Tedesco finished with top marks in the class and the pair were evenly matched in the table following Tedesco’s arrival at the Red Bull Arena in December.
Over the 20 match days he oversaw, Leipzig amassed 40 points – a total second only just to Bayern’s 43 – and boasted the Bundesliga’s meanest defense, with only 19 goals conceded (the champions followed next with 22).