Sky Sports 5, Sky’s new European football channel, will kick off with the Real Madrid vs Sevilla UEFA Super Cup on Sky Sports and Now TV.
Launching on August 12, the new channel will exclusively broadcast UEFA Super Cup, Champions League and non-UK Euro 2016 qualifiers alongside matches from Coppa Italia, Spain’s La Liga and the Copa del Rey and the Netherland’s Eredivisie.
As well as becoming a standard feature of the Sky Sports TV package, Now TV customers with a Sky Sports Day Pass (£9.99 for 24 hours) will also be able to get in on the action.
After the UEFA Super Cup match at Cardiff, the first five weeks of Sky Sports 5 will include 24 European Qualifiers 18 UEFA Champions League games, weekend triple-headers from La Liga and up to three games a week from the Dutch premier division, Eredivisie, including regular live coverage of Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and FC Twente.
Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: “We promised the ultimate European football channel and this opening schedule shows we’re delivering from day one. Only on Sky Sports 5 can viewers enjoy Messi, Bale and Ronaldo week in, week out in some of the best European competitions.
“We’ll tell the complete story from the European Qualifiers campaign, offer 129 UEFA Champions League matches and so much more, including weekly live coverage of the biggest teams and players in Spanish and Dutch football. There’s no better place for fans of European football.”
While Sky Sports 5 will be the only place you’ll be able to watch all the European qualifiers, games from UK national sides will be broadcast on free to air channels.
Sky will broadcast up to 600 live European football matches over the next season on Sky Sports 5. As well as live European football on Sky Sports 5, the full Sky Sports package also gives you access to live coverage of other sports including every F1 Grand Prix, ATP World Tour tennis and from 2015 onwards, exclusive coverage of the Masters Golf.