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Sony’s sports channels to simulcast El Clásico on 3 Dec

MUMBAI: The sports cluster of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) is all set to broadcast one of the biggest and most anticipated matches between Spain’s fiercest rivals, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid—El Clásico.

The coverage of the first Clásico will be simulcast at primetime in India on 3 December at 8:15 pm on Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD, as well as on the Sony Liv app and website.

‘El Clásico’ is a term referred to the football matches between Spain’s most famous and prestigious teams, and it is one of the most-watched football matches in the world.

To enhance the experience, SPNI will offer a wraparound show that will be broadcast live from the Fan Park at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi. The segment called the ‘El Clásico Show’ will be helmed by former LaLiga star Luis Garcia, along with host Marc Edwards.

The show will commence at 8:15 pm, followed by the half-time analysis of 15 minutes and will conclude with the 20-minute post-match review. The ‘El Clásico Show’ will also be streamed live on Sony Liv and the website for digital audiences.

Along with Luis Garcia who will be present at the match screening in Delhi, football fans in Mumbai will also get an opportunity to meet and interact with Frederic Kanoute who will be present at the fan park in Mumbai. Luis Garcia has played for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid with a total of 150 games under his belt over the course of eight seasons at LaLiga, along with representing Spain at the 2006 World Cup. Frederic Kanoute, a retired professional footballer, enjoyed great success while he played for Sevilla FC. In 2007, the Malian was named the African Footballer of the Year.

Millions of fans worldwide eagerly await this top-class game, be it live at the stadium or on television. This season, football fans will experience El Clásico in India with the match being broadcast at primetime for the first time, showcasing the biggest football stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Ramos and Benzema, among others. Football fans all over the world will be focused on watching two of the biggest rivals in LaLiga define the sport at Camp Nou. The fans can also see it live on their personal devices on Sony Liv app and website.

SPNI president, distribution and sports business Rajesh Kaul said, “For the first time in India, viewers will get to see Barcelona and Real Madrid, two of the biggest clubs in the world, at primetime in El Clásico. This is one of the most-watched football matches in the world and also enjoys a huge fan base in India. As a sports network, we have amplified the experience for the fans by not only giving them a primetime viewing experience but also giving fans an opportunity of being part of the live screening of the match in Mumbai and Delhi for the first time with LaLiga stars Luis Garcia and Frederic Kanoute.”

“In addition, we are taking fan engagement to the next level with the El Clásico Show. For the first in India, we will not only have LaLiga stars Luis Garcia and Frederic Kanoute watching the game among fans but also have a live wraparound show telecast right from the fan park. Through this, Sony Pictures Networks validates its position of bringing to its viewers the best international sporting content and unique on-ground experiences with them.”

La Liga president Javier Tebas said, “LaLiga is thrilled to be able to share such an important match as El Clásico with all of its fans in India. We hope that they all attend and enjoy the huge party that we’ve prepared in New Delhi and Bombay. It’s going to be unforgettable for all the local fans.”

El Clásico is the most anticipated and fiercest football clash in the world. Millions of fans worldwide wait to witness the rivalry that defines the sport, making it the most-watched football match in the world.