Football fans in South-East Asia can get select UEFA Champions League games on Twitter. The social media platform and ‘Goal’ have agreed on a feed sharing agreement.
The Twitter-Goal deal will allow the connected devices in Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, and Laos access to four of the last-16 matches via Goal’s Thai channel on the social media platform (@Goal_TH).
The featured matches include Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund (13th February), Liverpool v Bayern Munich (19th February), Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester United (6th March), and Manchester City v Schalke (12th March).
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.”
Last year DAZN, the over-the-top (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.