French TV secures Champions League deal

The Uefa Champions League will be broadcast from 2009 until 2012 by TF1 and Canal Plus in France. Free-to-air broadcaster TF1 will continue screening 13 live matches from the competition each season, including the final.

The Uefa Champions League will be broadcast from 2009 until 2012 by TF1 and Canal Plus in France.

Free-to-air broadcaster TF1 will continue screening 13 live matches from the competition each season, including the final. Canal Plus has secured exclusive rights to the Champions League Play-Offs (formerly the third qualifying round) and two out of the four first knockout round matchweeks.

In other matchweeks, Canal Plus will screen the live matches not shown on TF1 on one of four channels run by the broadcaster, as well as highlights and, along with TF1, online and mobile coverage.

Uefa General Secretary David Taylor said: "TF1 is the leading national broadcaster that, over the years, has excelled in its coverage of Europe's premier club football competition. Uefa's deal with Canal Plus guarantees in-depth access to the competition both in terms of comprehensive live match coverage as well as highlights."
 
He continued, "This will enable French fans to follow all the latest developments from the competition, not only in terms of French clubs but also as regards French footballers playing for club sides across Europe."