Top-flight European football awaits sports fans this weekend on StarTimes.
Barcelona will seek their first glory this season as they battle Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday at 8:30 pm
The FA Cup semi-final clash between Tuchel’s Chelsea and Guardiola’s Manchester City will take place Saturday in Wembley at 5:30 pm. Leicester City will face Southampton on Sunday at 6:30 pm.
All matches will be aired live and in HD on StarTimes World Football Channel, currently sitting on its Basic for N1700 monthly and Smart Bouquet for N2200 monthly.
Tuchel has been a perennial trophy-winner with PSG and last season won the double with the club from the French capital.
Like Tuchel, his Manchester City counterpart, Pep Guardiola has made winning trophies his business. He seems on track to win his third league title with the club this season and would love to emulate the 2018/19 season, when they won the double.
Guardiola has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to team-selection, with Ilkay Gündogan and Portuguese centre back Ruben Dias arguably being the stand-out players for the side in the last few weeks.
Despite being a midfielder, Gündogan is the club’s top scorer this season so far and Chelsea will be hard-pressed to keep the German international at bay.
Sunday’s semi-final sees Leicester City take on Southampton and like the Chelsea v Manchester City game, the match will be played at Wembley.
The biggest problem Leicester face is that they are very dependent on the goals of Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho, and if the two fail to score, Leicester struggle to win.
For Southampton, appearing in the semi-final is presumably, already a huge success, especially as they had to beat Arsenal to get there.
Iheanacho’s Leicester Underdog as FA Cup Final Airs on StarTimes
Chelsea will face Leicester City for the FA Cup final in Wembley on Saturday at 5:15 pm.
The match will air live and in HD on StarTimes’ World Football channel.
The FA Cup final will be immediately followed by the Coppa Italia final on May 19 and Europa League final on May 26 and then cascade to Euro 2020. All matches will air on StarTimes basic bouquet at N1700 monthly (antenna users) or smart bouquet at N2200 (dish users).
On Saturday, the Blues go into the FA Cup final at Wembley against Leicester City as the favourites, especially as their last two results saw them beat some pretty impressive opponents.
Thanks to a stellar squad led by two German internationals Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are the favourites of the final. But Leicester could surprise the Blues, which are battling on many fronts.
One African international who is bound to feature in the game is Kelechi Iheanacho, who has formed a deadly striking partnership with Jaimie Vardy upfront for Leicester. The Nigerian international was on target again on the weekend for his side in their 4-2 home defeat against Newcastle, to take his tally for the season to 11. He scored 10 of those goals in his last nine matches.
Authorities have said that some 22,000 fans will be allowed into Wembley.
That leaves millions of other football fans who will want to see the match. And for African football fans there is great news as the game will be screened live and in HD on the StarTimes football channels.
StarTimes Nigeria PR Manager, Lazarus Ibeabuchi, said: “Football lovers in Nigeria can look forward to this exciting showpiece on StarTimes at the most affordable rate in the market. Active subscribers can watch on the go by downloading StarTimes ON mobile app and linking it to their decoders, at no extra cost, to access the same content on up to three mobile devices. Also, non-subscribers can also watch live sports, sought-after TV channels and over 2000 video-on-demand content for as low as N400 weekly, with an option to subscribe with their MTN airtime, via our StarTimes ON mobile app.”
30-day Countdown to Euro 2020 on StarTimes
The UEFA Euro 2020 is now just 30 days away and fans around the world are gearing up for what promises to be a unique and thrilling tournament.
The European Championship will take place between 11 June and 11 July in 11 different cities. There will be 51 games, with the group stage – running from 11 to 23 June – a torrent of live football, with three matches most days.
African fans will be able to watch all matches live and in HD on the StarTimes Sport channels as well as on StarTimes ON streaming application, as the leading digital TV operator secured the broadcasting rights to the Euro 2020.
All 24 teams at the final tournament are guaranteed to play at least three games. Then the top two in each of the six groups along with the four best third-placed finishers will proceed to the knockout phase – where things get even more exciting. From that point, every game is sudden death: win and teams reach the next round, lose and they are going home.
Two teams will ultimately make it all the way to the 11 July final at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Football fans can acquire StarTimes decoder set including one-month bouquet at only N7400 for DTT (antenna) or N11,200 for DTH (dish) and watch all 51 games live and in HD.
“African fans have been forced to pay ever higher prices to watch major competitions in the past. We know what they have been going through during the past year, COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us. At StarTimes, we want to ensure that nobody is excluded from this amazing football festival,” says Lazarus Ibeabuchi, StarTimes Nigeria PR Manager.
Streaming users are not left out and will be able to enjoy the whole tournament for N1000 a month on StarTimes-ON app.
Euro 2020 was postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The tournament kicks off with Turkey taking on Italy in Rome on June 11.
Which Country is Hosting Euro 2020?
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition, UEFA decided to host it in several cities across the continent.
The venues are currently scheduled to be:
• Wembley Stadium in London (England)
• Stadio Olimpico in Rome (Italy)
• The Olympic Stadium in Baku (Azerbaijan)
• Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg (Russia)
• La Cartuja in Seville (Spain)
• Arena Națională in Bucharest (Romania)
• Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
• Hampden Park in Glasgow (Scotland)
• Parken Stadium in Copenhagen (Denmark)
• Puskás Aréna in Budapest (Hungary)
• The Allianz Arena in Munich (Germany)
How does the group stage look?
Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic
Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
Group F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany
Friday 11 June
Group A: Turkey vs Italy (20:00, Rome)
Saturday 12 June
Group A: Wales vs Switzerland (14:00, Baku)
Group B: Denmark vs Finland (17:00, Copenhagen)
Group B: Belgium vs Russia (20:00, St Petersburg)
Sunday 13 June
Group D: England vs Croatia (14:00, London)
Group C: Austria vs North Macedonia (17:00, Bucharest)
Group C: Netherlands vs Ukraine (20:00, Amsterdam)
Monday 14 June
Group D: Scotland vs Czech Republic (14:00, Glasgow)
Group E: Poland vs Slovakia (17:00, St Petersburg)
Group E: Spain vs Sweden (20:00, Seville)
Tuesday 15 June
Group F: Hungary vs Portugal (17:00, Budapest)
Group F: France vs Germany (20:00, Munich)
Wednesday 16 June
Group B: Finland vs Russia (14:00, St Petersburg)
Group A: Turkey vs Wales (17:00, Baku)
Group A: Italy vs Switzerland (20:00, Rome)
Thursday 17 June
Group C: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (14:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Denmark vs Belgium (17:00, Copenhagen)
Group C: Netherlands vs Austria (20:00, Amsterdam)
Friday 18 June
Group E: Sweden vs Slovakia (14:00, St Petersburg)
Group D: Croatia vs Czech Republic (17:00, Glasgow)
Group D: England vs Scotland (20:00, London)
Saturday 19 June
Group F: Hungary vs France (14:00, Budapest)
Group F: Portugal vs Germany (17:00, Munich)
Group E: Spain vs Poland (20:00, Seville)
Sunday 20 June
Group A: Italy vs Wales (17:00, Rome)
Group A: Switzerland vs Turkey (17:00, Baku)
Monday 21 June
Group C: North Macedonia vs Netherlands (17:00, Amsterdam)
Group C: Ukraine vs Austria (17:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Russia vs Denmark (20:00, Copenhagen)
Group B: Finland vs Belgium (20:00, St Petersburg)
Tuesday 22 June
Group D: Czech Republic vs England (20:00, London)
Group D: Croatia vs Scotland (20:00, Glasgow)
Wednesday 23 June
Group E: Slovakia vs Spain (17:00, Seville)
Group E: Sweden vs Poland (17:00, St Petersburg)
Group F: Germany vs Hungary (20:00, Munich)
Group F: Portugal v France (20:00, Budapest)
Round of 16
Saturday 26 June
1: Group A Second Place vs Group B Second Place (17:00, Amsterdam)
2: Group A Winner vs Group C Second Place (20:00, London)
Sunday 27 June
3: Group C Winner vs Third Place Group D/E/F (17:00, Budapest)
4: Group B Winner vs Third Place Group A/D/E/F (20:00, Seville)
Monday 28 June
5: Group D Second Place vs Group E Second Place (17:00, Copenhagen)
6: Group F Winner vs Third Place Group A/B/C (20:00, Bucharest)
Tuesday 29 June
7: Group D Winner vs Group F Second Place (17:00, London)
8: Group E Winner vs Third Place Group A/B/C/D (20:00, Glasgow)
Friday 2 July
QF1: Winner 6 vs Winner 5 (17:00, St Petersburg)
QF2: Winner 4 vs Winner 2 (20:00, Munich)
Saturday 3 July
QF3: Winner 3 vs Winner 1 (17:00, Baku)
QF4: Winner 8 vs Winner 7 (20:00, Rome)
Tuesday 6 July
SF1: Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2 (20:00, London)
Wednesday 7 July
SF2: Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4 (20:00, London)
Sunday 11 July
Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (20:00, London)
Crypto.com Becomes Official Cryptocurrency & NFT Sponsor Of The 2021 Coppa Italia
Lega Serie A and Crypto.com announced that they have reached an important partnership agreement on the occasion of the 2021 Coppa Italia Final, which will see Atalanta challenge Juventus on 19th May at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia.
Lega Serie A is proud to be the first football league to sign a partnership agreement with a cryptocurrency and NFT platform. The partnership, which begins with the Coppa Italia Final is expected to extend long into the future. To commemorate the first time Atalanta and Juventus meet at the Coppa Italia Final, a special NFT collection will be made available including the official trophy, match highlights, and more.
With the fastest growing crypto app and over 10 million users worldwide, Crypto.com is proud to be Lega Serie A’s first cryptocurrency partner. Together the two organizations will create new experiences for football fans in Italy and beyond, starting with special NFT collectibles available exclusively at Crypto.com/NFT.
“We are extremely proud to announce this prestigious partnership with Crypto.com, a leading company in the world of cryptocurrencies and NFTs – said Luigi De Siervo, CEO of Lega Serie A – We are the first football league in the world to sign an agreement in this new market which is extremely innovative and relevant not only for sports fans, where other world-class leagues such as the NBA have been operating in recent months. In this way Lega Serie A aims to expand its target audience and continues the international growth of the brand, always looking to the future and innovation. The Coppa Italia Final will be an expression of these values and will offer millions of fans around the world an exciting experience not only on the pitch but also before and after the game, thanks to the many commercial and marketing initiatives that we will organize with our partners”.
“We are proud to collaborate with an exceptional partner such as Lega Serie A, the latest in an exciting roadmap of sports partnerships we’ll soon be announcing,” said Kris Marszalek, co-founder and CEO of Crypto.com. “It’s a unique opportunity to support the world’s most popular sport during the historic match between Atalanta and Juventus, surely to be watched by football fans world-wide. Through our partnership, we will bring together the best of blockchain technology and football by co-creating NFTs sure to become instant classics and highly coveted collectibles.”
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