Sky Sports 5 to kick off with clash of European champions
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are expected to feature in the first live match on Sky Sports 5
Sky Sports is to launch its newest channel, Sky Sports 5, at the end of the summer, with Champions League winners Real Madrid taking on Europa League holders Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup. Set for 12 August, it will be the first of many matches to be aired on ‘the new home of European football.’
The game sees two of La Liga’s biggest clubs go head-to-head and will feature some of the continent’s star performers, including Wales international Gareth Bale and the current FIFA Balon d’Or holder, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sky Sports 5 will be available to Sky TV customers as part of their current Sky Sports packages, and can be activated at no additional cost. It will be the seventh Sky Sports channel in total, supplementing Sky Sports 1-4, Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports News.
Over the course of the 2014/15 season, the channel will broadcast around 600 live matches, including club and international games. As well as being the new home of La Liga, featuring teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, it will house Eredivisie football, showcasing Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord.
Moreover, Sky Sports 5 will air over 100 UEFA Champions League games, in addition to international fixtures, including Euro 2016 qualifiers, allowing viewers to see some of the best footballers around. The channel will be available on TV, online, or via mobile or tablet devices through Sky Go.
For the opening five weeks of the new season, Sky Sports 5 has scheduled 75 live matches from five competitions, including 18 UEFA Champions League games, 24 Euro 2016 qualifiers and up to three games a week from both La Liga and the Eredivisie.
“We promised the ultimate European football channel and this opening schedule shows we’re delivering from day one,” said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports.
“Only on Sky Sports 5 can viewers enjoy Messi, Bale and Ronaldo week in, week out, in some of the best European competitions. There’s no better place for fans of European football,” he added.