PREMIER SPORTS SECURES COPA AMÉRICA RIGHTS IN THE UK THIS SUMMER
- The biggest football tournament this summer exclusive to Premier Sports.
- All 26 games will be aired live by the UK sports broadcaster.
- Premier Sports football rights continue to grow following Serie A, LaLiga, Eredivisie and MLS acquisitions this year.
- Watch every game for only £9.99 on Sky, Virgin TV and the Premier Player
Premier Sports, the UK sports broadcaster will have exclusive coverage of the 46th edition of the Copa América with all 26 games from Brazil broadcast across its two channels. The tournament features 10 teams from South America’s CONMEBOL along with 2 guest nations Japan and Qatar competing in 3 Groups across 6 venues. The games will take place between the 14th June and July 7th with the final held at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.
Richard Sweeney, CEO of Premier Sports commented, “We are delighted to once again bring this wonderful tournament to viewers in the UK.
We have covered the two previous editions of Copa América including the Centennial edition in 2016, and this year’s tournament should be extra special with the talent on show.
We believe there are plenty of football fans in the UK who will enjoy our coverage of the best international tournament in the world this summer.”
After arguably his best season in a Barcelona shirt, Lionel Messi leads the A-list of world superstars in the tournament this year hoping to spearhead Argentina to win their first Copa América since 1993. Fellow Barcelona forward Luis Suarez alongside Edinson Cavani lead the line for Uruguay, the most successful side in the tournament and Neymar is undoubtedly the star attraction for Brazil in a side hoping to win the tournament on home soil.
There will also be plenty of interest with UK based players set to feature in the tournament. Brazil manager Tite will have a tough decision on deciding his number one goalkeeper with Ederson and Allison having stand out seasons for Man City and Liverpool respectively. Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho and Richarlison have all featured in recent Brazil fixtures and vying to be in the 23 man squad.
It’s expected Sergio Agüero will return to the Argentinian squad having not played for the national side since the World Cup, along with fellow Premiership players Nicolás Otamendi. Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira enjoyed a fine debut season under Unai Emery and will want to take that consistent form into the tournament as he looks to add to his fifteen Uruguayan caps. Everton’s Yerry Mina, Spurs’ Davinson Sanchez and Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma have all been named in Colombia’s 40 man preliminary squad
Outside the tournament favourites, the Premiership influence continues. Alexis Sanchez was named Copa América player of the tournament in 2016 as Chile won the tournament, ‘La Roja’ could win an unprecedented three Copa America’s in a row with victory this Summer. Venezuelan Salomón Rondón and his ten goals have been instrumental in Newcastle’s safety in the Premier League this season while colleague Miguel Almirón may recover from injury in time to represent Paraguay. Shinji Okazaki will lead the line for Japan as one of the invited teams in Copa América this Summer, the Leicester City fan favourite is the third all-time leading Japanese goalscorer with 50 goals.
Estádio do Morumbi in São Paulo will host the opening fixture of Copa América 2019 between Brazil and Bolivia on Saturday June 14th and the game will be live on Premier Sports.
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