Goal, the DAZN Group-owned digital football news service, has announced a partnership with Twitter to live stream a selection of Champions League matches via the social network in Southeast Asia.
Last year DAZN, the OTT streaming service available in multiple global territories, secured the digital rights to Europe’s top club competition in Southeast Asia through 2021 but the service is not yet available in the region. Without a dedicated platform, Goal is currently the official digital outlet and has streamed Champions League games for free via its website already this season.
The new tie-up with Twitter means connected devices in Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, and Laos will have free access to four last-16 matches via Goal’s Thai channel on the social media platform.
James Dickens, Goal’s global editor-in-chief, said: “We are delighted to extend the live broadcast of this year’s Uefa Champions League onto Twitter for four key round of 16 games. This will allow as many fans as possible in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines to enjoy these high-stakes games between some of the best supported teams in the region.”
Highlights of all of this season’s last-16 games will also be made available to Twitter users in each country, as well as additional markets in Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei. Live and on-demand coverage of all the matches will also be streamed on the Goal website in the region.
Maurizio Barbieri, Twitter’s head of sports partnerships for Southeast Asia, said: “Football doesn’t get much bigger than the business end of the Uefa Champions League, so we couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with Goal to bring live broadcasts of these massive matches to Twitter. Looking at the levels of conversation on Twitter, football fans in our region are some of the most engaged and passionate on the planet, so it’s fitting that the matches are being streamed in this way.”
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