By Mike Woitalla and Paul Kennedy
Germany's Bundesliga leads the world in attendance, is Europe’s highest-scoring league, and Bayern Munich is reigning European champion -- but its international following lags behind the EPL and Spain’s La Liga.
The Bundesliga’s launch of an English-language YouTube channel aims to further popularize the 50-year-old league.
YouTube.com/Bundesliga features game highlights, interviews and bloopers, plus 20 weekly articles catering to fans from different countries.
Current features include a series of the top five goals scored by myriad Bundesliga stars such as Franck Ribery, Marco Reus and Arjen Robben. Historical videos include such treats as as highlights the 1960s, 70s and 80s, a one-minute Franz Beckenbauer mini-documentary and a montage of "Bundesliga Animals" that includes Sepp Maier's famous dive for a duck and goalkeeper Friedel Rausch getting bit in the butt by a police dog.
Off-field videos include Bayern Munich's visit to the Oktoberfest and a look at Borussia Dortmund's Great Wall Yellow of Fans.
Among weekly offerings are Top 5 Goals, Top 5 Saves and Player of the Week videos.
BOB BRADLEY DOCUMENTARY. PBS will air a one-hour documentary titled "American Pharaoh," which goes behind the scenes with the Egyptian national team -- the “Pharaohs” -- and its American coach, Bob Bradley, who is in the midst of aiming to qualify Egypt for the 2014 World Cup.
The documentary is scheduled to premiere in 2014, prior to the World Cup in Brazil.
"American Pharaoh," by Egyptian filmmaker Hossam Aboul-Magd has been in production for more than two years, with scenes still being shot, as Egypt aims to make its first World Cup appearance since 1990.
“This is not just a film about soccer,” says Aboul-Magd. “This is about my country, my team, a coach I respect and the dream of capturing the World Cup in spite of enormous challenges. I see the goal of developing a strong team, in the middle of a revolution, as a metaphor for the rebuilding of Egypt.
COLLEGE SHOWS. Both the ACC and Big Ten offer soccer news shows. The ACC Digital Network's ACC Soccer Weekly appears each Friday with latest men's and women's action. The host is Jeff Fischel. BTN (Big Ten Network available nationally on cable systems) kicks off Big Ten men’s conference play with a new BTN Soccer Report. Dan Kelly and Kevin Egan preview the conference season that begins Saturday.