US broadcaster Telemundo Deportes has picked up Spanish-language media rights to the Fifa Club World Cup for the next two years.
As well as providing live coverage of the seven-team annual soccer tournament, Telemundo will also distribute comprehensive content through its digital and social media channels. The network’s rights deal will begin with this year’s edition of the competition, which is due to take place between 6th and 16th December in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The competition currently features the champions of Fifa’s six continental confederations, as well as the host nation’s league winner, although the British and American media recently reported that soccer’s global governing body is exploring the idea of expanding the tournament to 24 teams from 2021.
The agreement sees Telemundo add to its extensive soccer offering, which already includes rights to the Fifa World Cup until 2026.
“As the Spanish-language home of the Fifa World Cup, we are pleased to continue adding the most recognised Fifa events to our programming line-up," said Ray Warren, president of Telemundo Deportes. “The Fifa Club World Cup showcases some of the world's best clubs and players and we look forward to continue bringing our viewers world class soccer coverage across all our platforms.”
Teams already confirmed for this year’s Fifa Club World Cup include Mexican outfit Pachuca, Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca, New Zealand’s Auckland City, Al Jazira of the UAE and European champions Real Madrid, who will be looking to defend the title they won last year. The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Champions League and South American Football Confederation’s (Conmebol) Copa Libertadores winners will also qualify once they are confirmed later this month.