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Sony to broadcast FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 in India
MUMBAI: The sports cluster of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) will broadcast the eighth edition of the biggest futsal tournament in the world, the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016.
The opening game of the tournament between host Columbia and Portugal will be simulcast on Sony Six, Sony Six HD and Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD at 0625 hrs IST on 11 September.
With the telecast of the first-ever Premier Futsal in July this year, the sports cluster of SPNI became forerunners in bringing futsal to Indian viewers. The league saw legends of football and futsal come together for the first time in a unique and pioneering model. The success of the tournament has led to a considerable spike in the demand for futsal viewing.
The FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 is an international championship, organised by FIFA and held every four years, between two football world cups. The reigning champions, Brazil, will defend their title this year, with some of their marquee players like Fernandinho and Falcao expected to create futsal magic with their footwork. So far, Brazil and Spain have been the only two countries to have claimed the title of Futsal World Cup champions, with Brazil winning five and Spain winning two times.
SPNI president, distribution and sports Rajesh Kaul said, “The FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 is the biggest futsal tournament in the world and we are happy to bring this experience to our Indian football fans. It is a known fact that futsal has massive potential in India, and with the broadcast of the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016, the popularity of the game is expected to further increase by a considerable margin. With plenty of football fans lapping up the skills, it won’t be long before futsal becomes the norm of the nation. With the acquisition of some of the key European football properties like the UEFA EURO 2016, LaLiga, Serie A, etc., we have tried to bring to our audiences unmatched viewing experiences. With the telecast of Premier Futsal and now the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016, we aim to diversify our football broadcast portfolio to a large extent.”
With the telecast of Premier Futsal and now the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016, the sports cluster of SPNI has expanded their football broadcasting portfolio to a great extent. It has acquired rights to football events like the UEFA EURO 2016, LaLiga, Serie A, FA Cup, FIFA U-17 and Community Shield.