• Germany edition
 
Fans frustrated as top CL match airs on Sky
Photo:DPA

Fans frustrated as top CL match airs on Sky

Published: 05 Mar 2013 15:38 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Mar 2013 15:38 GMT+01:00

ZDF, the go-to channel for terrestrial Championships League coverage in Germany, is not allowed to show the much-anticipated second leg match, which could secure Dortmund a place in the quarter final - the first time the current German champions have got this far in 15 years.

The broadcaster's spokesman Thomas Stange explained that there was an existing legal agreement meaning the channel has priority over football matches on Wednesdays. "Our hands are tied...we can't change to Tuesday just because Dortmund are playing," he added.

Instead, ZDF will air a game between Paris Saint-Germain and Valencia on Wednesday, which is unlikely to interest as many German viewers. Over the season the channel is contracted to show 18 Champion League games.

"I'm sorry for the fans," said Stange. "Of course this game would have been the much more interesting one, but the situation is unfortunately what it is."

The first leg of the match, which was broadcast three weeks ago, attracted some 7.52 million viewers, comprising a market share of almost 25 percent.

Dortmund drew 2-2 with Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg thanks to a late header from Mats Hummel. But the celebrated centre back player is in doubt for this match as he is suffering from the flu, Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp said.

The 24 year-old has already missed both last Wednesday's German Cup defeat at Bayern Munich and Saturday's 3-1 home league win over Hannover 96, with his Brazilian replacement Felipe Santana failing to impress.

Dortmund have a strong home record in Europe this season with group stage wins over Ajax, Manchester City and Real Madrid. Midfielder Mario Götze said the German champions are relishing the challenge.

AFP/The Local/kkf

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

02:08 March 6, 2013 by Istabraq
Man Utd v. Real Madrid was the match everyone really wanted to see outside Germany. Maybe it is good for Germans to realise there is life outside of their bundesliga
08:39 March 6, 2013 by murka
For me, the sad thing is that educational channels (Discovery etc.) failed victim of German Premiere/Sky license mafia. The antitrust authorities should have separated them years ago.
Today's headlines
Oktoberfest 2014
Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's beer
Photo: DPA

Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's beer

The Local's Oktoberfest guide chugs some of the Bavarian tipple fueling this whole shindig. READ  

Berlin squat ripped apart by fire
Kreuzberg's Cuvrybrache. Photo: DPA

Berlin squat ripped apart by fire

UPDATE: One of Berlin’s biggest squats was torn apart by a fire on Thursday night following an argument. READ  

View from Germany
'In a globalized world we don't need more loners'
'No' campaign supporters celebrate in Edinburgh after the results were announced. Photo: DPA

'In a globalized world we don't need more loners'

The Scottish referendum has dominated the German media this morning, as Germans had been apprehensive for the European consequences of a possible "Yes" vote for Scottish independence. The result is also set to lead the UK to a more German-model of government. READ  

Sterilized woman gets pregnant, sues doctors
Photo: DPA

Sterilized woman gets pregnant, sues doctors

A woman who gave birth after becoming sterilized has tried and failed to sue the hospital which carried out the operation. READ  

Thousands queue for Apple's iPhone 6
Queues outside the Apple Store in Dresden. Photo: DPA

Thousands queue for Apple's iPhone 6

UPDATE: Apple’s new iPhone 6 went on sale on Friday morning, leading to long queues outside stores across Germany. Berlin's Apple Store sold out of the iPhone 6 Plus in an hour. READ  

Blitzmarathon
Pupils catch teacher and mum speeding
A camouflaged speed camera in Schleswig-Holstein on Thursday. Photo: DPA

Pupils catch teacher and mum speeding

UPDATE: A nationwide operation against speeding drivers ended on Friday morning, with police hailing their "Blitzmarathon" as a success. One child in Düsseldorf caught his own mother driving too fast, while another driver hit 238 km/h. READ  

Police find two dead babies in station locker
The lockers at Hamburg central station. Photo: DPA

Police find two dead babies in station locker

UPDATE: Police in Hamburg found the bodies of two dead babies hidden in a train station locker on Thursday morning. One suspect is in psychiatric care. READ  

Germany's first Iraq arms delivery is ready
The weapons are ready to be sent. Photo: Bundeswehr/Pulpanek

Germany's first Iraq arms delivery is ready

Germany’s military said on Thursday it was ready to send its first shipment of arms to Kurds fighting Islamic extremists Isis in northern Iraq. READ  

German of the Week
Munich's mayor practices for Oktoberfest
Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter. Photo: DPA

Munich's mayor practices for Oktoberfest

Dieter Reiter has been in office for less than five months and will this week take on one of the Munich mayor's most important duties - tapping the first keg at Oktoberfest. He is only the city's second mayor in the last 21 years. READ  

Europeans descended from three tribes
The skull of a farmer from Stuttgart examined for the study. Photo: Joanna Drath, University of Tübingen

Europeans descended from three tribes

German researchers have traced the origins of modern Europeans to a migratory melting pot of three ancient tribes dating back 8,000 years. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Culture
Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's tents
Photo: DPA
Hamburg
Drunk teachers ruin school trip to Hamburg
Marks & Spencer
Sponsored Article
Fashion Ladies of the Local: Win a New Autumn Look
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Oktoberfest 2014: The best and worst in dirndl fashion
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten German words you'll never want to hear again
Photo: DPA
Education
German universities tumble in global rankings
Photo: Shutterstock
Business & Money
The three types of firms hiring foreigners
Photo: DPA
Berlin
Frisky couple shock Berlin commuters
Photo: Bayernpartei/DPA
Politics
Why some Bavarians want a Scottish 'Yes'
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,371
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd