Eleven Sports awarded Euro 2016 rights

Eleven Sports Network announced yesterday that it has secured the Singapore broadcast rights for this year's European Championship.

The quadrennial football tournament, to be held in France from June 10 to July 10, will feature 24 European nations, with stars such as Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wales' Gareth Bale.

The Straits Times understands that both Singtel TV - which carries Eleven Sports' channels - as well as StarHub TV will likely carry the network's Euro 2016 package.

The matches will also be streamed online on Eleven Sports' website: www.elevensports.sg.

Pricing details of the pay-per-view package will be announced at a later date.

During the Euro 2012 tournament, viewers had to fork out $69.55 to sign up and watch all the matches.

Danny Menken, Eleven Sports Network's group managing director, said: "Euro 2016 is one of the most popular and important football competitions in the world, and is exactly the type of major event we want to bring to the fans.

"These rights mean supporters in Singapore can still get their football fix outside of the domestic league season."

Fans will get to see more matches in this tournament, following its expansion from 16 competing nations to 24.

A total of 51 matches are scheduled - 36 group matches, eight last-16 ties, four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and the final - compared to 31 games in Euro 2012.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2016, with the headline 'Eleven Sports awarded Euro 2016 rights'. Subscribe