FOX to televise nine live matches
This year, FOX Soccer, FOX Sports Net and FOX Soccer Plus, together with digital platforms FOXSoccer.com and FOX Soccer 2Go, will carry nine of the day’s 10 Barclays Premier League matches live, on Sunday, May 19. Pregame coverage begins on FOX Soccer (live, Sunday, 10 a.m. ET), followed by coverage of Tottenham vs. Sunderland.
Tottenham’s season comes down to a must-win match at White Hart Lane, plus help from other match results, in order to the London based club a fourth-place finish and a coveted UEFA Champions League spot. Simultaneously, FOX Soccer Plus carries newly-crowned UEFA Europa League champions Chelsea against Everton (live, Sunday, 10 a.m. ET).
The top four clubs in the Barclays Premier League earn UEFA Champions League qualification and the right to play in the world’s most prestigious club tournament. Pending the results of other domestic competitions, the fifth, sixth and seventh placed clubs in the Premier League hold much significance. Once Sunday’s results are in, the holders of those spots will qualify for the UEFA Europa League, a continent-wide knockout tournament with more than 40 years of history and tradition. Beginning this fall, 2013-2014 Europa League and Champions League contests air live on FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network, launching Aug. 17.
After the matches, the series finale of Goals on Sunday airs at FOX Soccer (live, Sunday, 1:30 p.m. ET), with a feature on Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs, one of the best players to ever play in the Premier League, as well as an interview with David Beckham following his announcement to retire at the end of the season. The show also takes a look back at the Barclays Premier League on FOX Soccer and includes a Martin Tyler essay highlighting his favorite memories.
Pre-match, halftime and post-match coverage is hosted by Rob Stone, with analysis from Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.
FOX Soccer, part of the FOX Sports Media Group, offers the most comprehensive multi-media coverage of world-class soccer available in the United States. Encompassing FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus, FOXSoccer.com and FOX Soccer 2Go, the network serves as the primary destination in the United States for elite competitions including the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, the Scottish Premier League, and the Australian Hyundai A-League in addition to such prestigious tournaments as the CONCACAF Champions League and CONCACAF Gold Cup, as well as the future home of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.