Goal and Twitter agree a deal to stream Champions League knockout games in Asia

Earlier this week, global football publisher Goal reached a landmark deal with Twitter to broadcast four Champions League knockout round games live on Twitter in Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Laos.

The deal started with last night’s victory for Tottenham Hotspur over Borussia Dortmund, and will deature three more games: next week’s crunch tie at Anfield between Liverpool and Bayern Munich, as well as the second legs of two other tie, PSG v Manchester United and Manchester City v Schalke.

All of the games will be available for free to all Twitter users in the country, no matter if they are logged in or not, on Goal’s @Goal_TH Thai account. The games can also be streamed on connected TVs in the countries in question, as well as beamed to other connected devices.

Highlights of last 16 games will be made available on Twitter to users in Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei, too, while live and on-demand coverage of all the matches will be streamed on the Goal website in the region.

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.”

Maurizio Barbieri, Head of Sports Partnerships for Southeast Asia at Twitter, 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.”

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