Optus has secured the Australian rights to the FIFA Club World Cup for the next two years, which means Liverpool’s quest to become football’s world club champions in December can be seen exclusively live on Optus Sport.
The 11-day tournament, in Qatar sees the champions of every football confederation vie for the title of best club on the planet.
That means Liverpool, as UEFA Champions League winners, will be in action in the tournament, aiming to win this competition for the first time in their history.
Their fiercest competition will be from Flamengo, the Copa Libertadores winner from Brazil, who won South America’s final with extraordinary late drama against River Plate last month.
The competition also comprises Asian Champions League winner Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia; Africa’s Esperance Sportive de Tunis; Monterrey, the representative from North, Central America and Caribbean, from Mexica, as well as Oceania’s representative from New Caledonia, Hienghene Sport. Al-Sadd Sports Club, from the hosts Qatar, qualify as a winner of the Qatar Stars League.
Real Madrid are the current FIFA Club World Cup champions and a Spanish club has held the crown since Bayern Munich won it in 2013. The last time the trophy left Europe was in 2012, when Corinthians triumphed.
Liverpool’s last visit to the final was in 2005, when they were defeated by Sao Paulo, and they head to Qatar in a strong position in the league, but facing a fixture logjam, including a League Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa 24 hours earlier, while the Club World Cup contingent are already in the Middle East.
The FIFA Club World Cup is the latest major event to join the Optus Sport’s football stable, consistent with our approach of broadcasting the most prominent football competitions on the planet. It also extends Optus Sport's relationship with FIFA, off the back of the successful coverage of the Women’s World Cup earlier this year. Optus Sport’s other football content includes exclusively live coverage of every Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match, in addition to the recently acquired rights to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. This will be followed by the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, which will see Optus Sport show all 51 matches live.
“We are extremely pleased to add this tournament to our football schedule and we’re confident our 700,000 plus Optus Sport active subscribers will enjoy the format,” Optus’ Director of Sport, Richard Bayliss, said.
“Broadcasting Liverpool’s sixth Champions League triumph was a massive moment for Optus Sport, and it will be a privilege for us to now show the Reds’ attempt to overcome the best of South America, Asia, North America and Africa.
“These new rights show our commitment to showing Australians the best clubs from around the world on Optus Sport.”
Opening game: Al Sadd SC v. Hienghène Sport, Wednesday 11 December, 4.30am AEDT.
Quarter-finals: Sunday 15 December. Monterrey v winners of Hienghene Sport-Al Sadd (1am). Esperance Sportive de Tunis v Al Hilal (4.30am)
Liverpool enter at the semi-finals on Thursday 19 December, 4.30am AEDT and face the winner of Monterrey v Hienghene Sport/Al Sadd.
Flamengo play their semi-final on Wednesday at 4.30am.
The final is on Sunday 22 December, kick-off at 4.30am.