DAZN to show Uefa competitions in Japan

OTT broadcaster picks up exclusive rights for Champions League and more.

DAZN to show Uefa competitions in Japan

Over-the-top (OTT) broadcast service DAZN has acquired the exclusive rights to show Uefa club competitions in Japan from the 2018/19 season.

The three-year deal will see the Perform Group-owned digital platform air every game from the Uefa Champions League, Uefa Europa League and Uefa Super Cup until 2021.

DAZN subscribers will be able to choose from the full range of fixtures on every matchday throughout the three seasons, from the qualifying stage through to the finals of both of Uefa's continental club competitions.

The service will also offer full match replays immediately after full time, as well as a range of highlights packages.

Earlier this week, DAZN announced that it will partner with Sky Deutschland to sublicense Champions League coverage in Germany and Austria, covering the same three-year period.

The Uefa competitions join four of Europe's top five domestic leagues - Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A, Germany's Bundesliga and France's Ligue 1 - among a range of other high-profile soccer competitions on DAZN's offering in Japan.

“Every season the Uefa Champions League and Europa League gets more competitive and exhilarating to watch," said James Rushton, the DAZN chief executive. "DAZN is dedicated to delivering sports fans access to the best domestic and international sports competitions when and how they want. We are delighted to have secured the exclusive rights to the premier footballing club competitions in Europe. Japanese football fans will now be able to watch the best players in the world competing in the leading club competition at their convenience on any connected device."

Last season's Champions League was won by Spanish giants Real Madrid, while English side Manchester United won the second-tier Europa League. The two will meet in the Super Cup on 8th August.