BBC scores FIFA Club World Cup rights
November 29, 2019
The BBC will broadcast every match from the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar this December. The competition kicks off on December 11th and will feature the champions of each continent.
European champions Liverpool will compete in the 16th edition of the competition in the capital Doha. Jurgen Klopp’s team take part from the semi-final stage, but will also field a separate team back in the UK in the Carabao Cup.
Liverpool’s games will be shown live on BBC TV and every other match will be available to watch online and on the BBC iPlayer.
Joining Liverpool are Brazilian side Flamengo, who beat Argentina’s River Plate to win the Copa Libertadores and secure their spot. Also, in this year’s contest, are Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal, Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis and Monterrey from Mexico, as well as Oceanian champions Hienghene Sport – from the tiny Pacific island of New Caledonia. Host team Al-Sadd complete the seven-team line-up.
Philip Bernie, head of BBC TV Sport, said: “We’re very excited to broadcast the FIFA Club World Cup and show audiences the best teams in world football across our free-to-air channels. Along with the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship and FA Cup, this competition is a fantastic addition to the BBC’s football portfolio.”
Al-Sadd v Hienghene Sport (11 December, 17:30 GMT, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online)
Monterrey v winner of match one (14 December, 17:30 GMT, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online)
Al-Hilal v Esperance de Tunis (14 December, 14:00 GMT, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Online)
Fifth-place play-off: Loser of match two v Loser of match three (17 December, 14:30 GMT, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Online)
Semi-final: Flamengo v winner of match three (17 December, 17:30 GMT, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Online)
Semi-final: Liverpool v winner of match two (18 December, 17:30 GMT, BBC Two and BBC iPlayer)
Third-place play-off: (21 December, TBC depending on the outcome of 18 December semi-final)
Final: (21 December, TBC depending on the outcome of 18 December semi-final)