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Sky Sports launches new channel for European football

MUMBAI: Sky Sports is launching a first ever television channel dedicated to European football christened Sky Sports 5.

The channel will screen up to 600 live European football matches next season featuring some of the best players, the best teams and the best competitions.

Launched this week with a nationwide marketing campaign starring David Beckham, Sky Sports viewers can activate the channel from 12 June ahead of the channel going live on 12 August.

Customers with Sky Sports will be able to receive the new channel Sky Sports 5 as part of their sports package. Customers can also get two years’ free Sky Broadband Unlimited worth £7.50 a month and get the great value of Sky’s totally unlimited broadband with no usage limits and no extra download charges.

Sky Sports 5 will be the seventh channel from Sky Sports and will be the home of European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016, UEFA Champions League, La Liga, Copa Italia and Copa del Rey for Sky Sports viewers, plus a host of other European football programming including Revista De La Liga and Champions League Weekly.

For the first time Sky Sports will also offer exclusively live coverage of Holland’s top division Eredivisie. The new 4-year deal announced today will bring live matches from each round to Sky Sports 5, enabling viewers to follow the domestic campaigns of the Netherlands’ top teams including Ajax, Feyenoord, FC Twente and PSV Eindhoven.

Sky Sports MD Barney Francis said, “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 and with two years’ free totally unlimited broadband, we offer the ultimate package for sports fans.”

Sky Sports will offer more live football than ever before next season with coverage from the international, European and domestic game and analysis from Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness.

The launch of Sky Sports 5 comes during another busy summer on Sky Sports with live England Test.