ELEVEN SPORTS has secured LIVE and EXCLUSIVE Portuguese rights to UEFA Youth League for three years from the 2018/19 season.
The agreement with the UEFA Youth League bolsters ELEVEN’s rights portfolio in Portugal. Today’s announcement follows the platform’s entry into the market this summer with the acquisition of rights to LaLiga, Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League, where ELEVEN SPORTS will be the only place to watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s European adventures with new club Juventus.
The UEFA Youth League showcases the best young talent from some of the biggest European teams including giants Real Madrid, Manchester United and reigning Champions Barcelona as well as local side, Porto.
“We are thrilled to build on our strong partnership with UEFA by adding UEFA Youth League to our football portfolio, strengthening ELEVEN SPORTS’ position as the go-to destination for football fans.” said Danny Menken, Group Managing Director, ELEVEN SPORTS. “Football is the number one sport in Portugal and the UEFA Youth League gives fans the opportunity to watch some of the best young talent in Europe and a chance to catch a glimpse of the next Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“I know from my time at UEFA how valuable this property is for European Football’s Governing Body and how much it is growing exponentially across Europe.” said Pedro Pinto, Non-Executive Director, ELEVEN SPORTS Portugal. “For ELEVEN to have secured the UEFA Youth League rights in Portugal is particularly significant considering how successful Portuguese teams have been in it. The UEFA Youth League is where the future superstars of world football play, and we are excited to take this competition to fans in this market."
In addition to the UEFA Youth League, ELEVEN SPORTS will also deliver premium sports entertainment from UEFA Champions League, LaLiga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga (from 2019/20), Scottish Premiership, Belgian Pro League and lots more sports popular in the local market which will be announced soon.
ELEVEN recently agreed a carriage deal with Portuguese telecommunications operator NOWO. The carriage agreement means that NOWO will distribute ELEVEN SPORTS’ channels in Portugal, guaranteeing access for fans to the premium action on ELEVEN SPORTS.