Eleven Sports has announced that Spencer Owen, creator of Spencer FC and Hashtag United, will front its live studio show for this Sunday’s highly anticipated El Clásico clash between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Owen, who is also a Sunday Times bestselling author, has amassed a huge YouTube audience of two million subscribers.
The broadcaster says the 30-year-old will bring a “knowledgeable but entertaining and youthful edge” to Eleven Sports’ debut production in the UK of one of the fiercest rivalries in world football.
The online streaming service’s live coverage of El Clásico will begin from 2.30pm on Eleven Sports 1 on Sunday, 28 October, ahead of kick-off at 3.15pm.
Joining Spencer Owen in the studio for expert analysis will be Valencia and Barcelona legend Gaizka Mendieta, while the channel will also be on the ground at the Camp Nou with Spanish football expert Graham Hunter reporting live from pitchside.
For the first time in the UK, fans will also be able to watch El Clásico with the option of Spanish commentary.
English commentary will still be available and will be provided by La Liga stalwarts and Eleven Sports regulars Kevin Keatings and Terry Gibson.
In addition to El Clásico, Spanish commentary will be available for all live La Liga matches on Eleven Sports online platform and through the app for the rest of the 2018/19 season and beyond.
Spencer Owen, Eleven Sports presenter for El Clásico, said:
“As a huge football fan, I’ve always dreamed of presenting a big match like El Clásico and I am buzzing to be part of ELEVEN SPORTS’ exclusive coverage for such a blockbuster of a game. It’s going to be a great programme with something for everyone.
“The delivery of live sport is always evolving and it’s refreshing that people like me, who have worked hard and come up through non-traditional areas of sports media, are being given the opportunity on such a great stage.”
Eleven Sports, a global online sports broadcasting platform founded by Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani, has risen to prominence this year following its launch in the UK in August.
As well as taking over La Liga from Sky Sports this season, Eleven Sports also broadcasts live Serie A, Eredivisie and Sweden’s Allsvenskan. From 2019 it will also show the Chinese Super League, as well as UFC mixed martial arts.
Stevie Rowe, Editor in Chief, Eleven Sports, added:
“We are seeing fantastic levels of positive engagement around our live football and we are excited to build on this with online sensation Spencer Owen leading our El Clásico studio show. This match is one of the biggest fixtures in the global football calendar and our innovative approach means we are shaking up how live sport is presented with fresh ideas that haven’t been tried before.
“By bringing fans Spanish commentary, we are also breaking new ground in our mission to enhance the matchday experience for all viewers, including our loyal following of Spanish speaking fans.”
Eleven Sports claims this season’s El Clásico will be “one of the most accessible ever” with fans able to watch immediately after signing up to the online service through one of its monthly passes, available for £5.99, or an annual pass for £49.99, with no long-term contracts, bundles or installation required.
As well as El Clásico, subscribers will also have access to up to 20 live football matches every week from LaLiga, Serie A and Eredivisie.
Eleven Sports is available to watch via its website – www.elevensports.uk – as well as on iOS, Android mobile and tablet apps. Fans can also watch on traditional TV screens by casting on Google Chromecast.
Eleven Sports says it is continuing discussions with all major broadcast platforms, third party streaming services and smart TV manufacturers to offer the widest possible access to its two online sports channels.
— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) October 25, 2018
SUNDAY 28th OCTOBER
Barcelona v Real Madrid