Sky Sports announce new European football channel - Sky Sports 5

Eredivisie, La Liga and Champions League to feature amongst 600 games

David Baker
by David Baker on 11th June, 2014

Sky Sports have announced the launch of a brand new channel at no additional cost to Sky Sports customers.

Sky Sports 5 will screen up to 600 live European football matches in the 2014/2015 season, with the Dutch Eredevisie featuring on Sky Sports for the first time.

The addition of top flight Dutch football is one of the most unique aspects of the deal. Sky Sports customers will be able to follow clubs such as Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord, all of whom have enjoyed illustrious histories with a number of household names having started their careers at these clubs.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, commented on where the new channel will fit into the overall Sky Sports package.

“Sky Sports 5 takes our unrivalled live football coverage to the next level offering more European football than ever before. There’s never been a better time to be a Sky Sports customer.”

The Champions League will also take centre stage on the channel, with the Champions League Weekly show running alongside all the usual live matchday games. Real Madrid secured the Champions League title in dramatic fashion at the end of last season with an extra-time victory over city rivals Atletico. All of Europe’s top guns such as Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich will be aiming to take the crown in 2014/2015.

UEFA qualifiers for Euro 2016 will also appear on the channel, with the Republic of Ireland’s games included in the package. Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane will be looking to emerge from a group which once again contains Germany in a bid to qualify for a first major tournament since Euro 2012.

The latest announcement means that the Sky broadband unlimited provider will be showing more live football next season than ever before. It also comes at the beginning of a very busy summer for Sky Sports, with top level international rugby, the US Open in both tennis and golf and the ATP Tour on offer over the coming months.

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