beIN readies El Clasico broadcast
Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 05-10-2012
Independent sports network beIN SPORT will televise its first El Clásico between La Liga's Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona live from Spain on Sunday, 7 October at 1:45 p.m. ET.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi will face off at Barcelona's Camp Nou.
In a further testament to soccer's increasing popularity in the United States, El Clásico will be carried in that country on beIN on DIRECTV, DISH Networks and Comcast in both Spanish and English.
Both teams have dominated La Liga for decades and play each other twice each season during league play. Real Madrid leads the head-to-head results in competitive matches with 88 wins to Barcelona's 87 wins. In their most recent match last April, Real Madrid beat Barcelona beat 2–0.
"At least twice a year, El Clásico answers the burning question for soccer fans, 'What happens when two immovable objects collide?'" said Yousef Al Obaidly, managing director of beIN SPORT. "The match spotlights one of the most intense and storied rivalries in all sports and always results in incredible soccer action for millions of fans."
beIN SPORT features coverage of all the top soccer leagues and tournaments from Europe and South America, including games from Italy's Serie A, France's Ligue 1, South American World Cup Qualifiers and Copa America 2015. The network also televises the away games for the U.S. men's national soccer team in the qualifying rounds of the 2014 World Cup.