ELEVEN SPORTS has today confirmed that Spencer Owen, creator of Spencer FC and Hashtag United (football and esports club), will front its live studio show for this Sunday’s highly anticipated El Clásico clash between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Coverage of El Clásico on Eleven Sports 1 will begin from 2:30pm GMT on Sunday ahead of kick-off at 3:15pm BST. Owen will be joined in the studio by Valencia CF and FC Barcelona legend Gaizka Mendieta. An ELEVEN SPORTS team will also be on the ground at the Camp Nou with Spanish football expert Graham Hunter reporting live from pitch side.
Owen, who is also a Sunday Times bestselling author, has amassed a huge YouTube audience of two million subscribers. The 30-year-old will bring a knowledgeable but entertaining and youthful edge to ELEVEN’s production of one of the fiercest rivalries in world football.
For the first time in UK sports broadcasting history, fans will also be able to watch El Clásico with the option of Spanish commentary. English commentary will still be available and will be provided by LaLiga stalwarts and ELEVEN SPORTS regulars Kevin Keatings and Terry Gibson.
In addition to El Clásico, Spanish commentary will be available for all live LaLiga matches on ELEVEN SPORTS online platform and through the app for the rest of the 2018/19 season and beyond.
Stevie Rowe, Editor in Chief, ELEVEN SPORTS UK, said:
“We are seeing fantastic levels of positive engagement around our live football and we are excited to build on this with online sensation Spencer Owen leading our El Clásico studio show. This match is one of the biggest fixtures in the global football calendar and our innovative approach means we are shaking up how live sport is presented with fresh ideas that haven’t been tried before.”
“By bringing fans Spanish commentary, we are also breaking new ground in our mission to enhance the matchday experience for all viewers, including our loyal following of Spanish speaking fans.”
Spencer Owen, ELEVEN SPORTS presenter for El Clásico, said:
“As a huge football fan, I’ve always dreamed of presenting a big match like El Clásico and I am buzzing to be part of ELEVEN SPORTS’ exclusive coverage for such a blockbuster of a game. It’s going to be a great programme with something for everyone.
“The delivery of live sport is always evolving and it’s refreshing that people like me, who have worked hard and come up through non-traditional areas of sports media, are being given the opportunity on such a great stage.”
This season’s first El Clásico will be one of the most accessible ever. Fans can watch immediately after signing up through a Monthly Pass for just £5.99 or an Annual Pass for just £49.99, with no long-term contracts, bundles or installation required.
As well as Barcelona v Real Madrid, subscribers will also have access to up to 20 live football matches every week from LaLiga, Serie A and Eredivisie.
Action on ELEVEN SPORTS is distributed via www.elevensports.uk, and iOS and Android mobile and tablet apps. Fans can also watch on traditional TV screens by casting on Google Chromecast.
ELEVEN SPORTS remains in discussions with other major platforms in the UK and Ireland to offer the widest possible access to the world-class action available on the service. This is in line with the ‘platform agnostic’ approach ELEVEN SPORTS employs in all its international markets, making it as easy as possible for fans to stay close to the sport they love.