The world's most watched annual sporting event takes place this Sunday morning in Kiev, when Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid take on English stalwarts Liverpool for the UEFA Champions League Cup. Sports fans the world over want to get in on the action, including the stadium-overflowing amounts of Liverpool fans that call Australia home. If you're looking to catch the game - here's how to do that live, online and free.
What Is The UEFA Champions League?
The league brings together the top-division clubs across Europe's various competitions and is considered the most prestigious European football tournament. In 2012, 360 million people tuned in to watch two German clubs - Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich - duke it out, with Arjen Robben's goal in the final minutes of play sealing the victory. It's a big game, full of big game moments and a showcase of the best European football has to offer.
32 teams compete in the group stage, which began in June last year. It practically takes a whole year to get to this moment.
Real Madrid is the most successful club in Champions League history and have won three of the past four finals. Liverpool's last title came in the 2005-06 competition. The maestro Mo Salah is firing and C. Ronaldo's performances are always better than his busts - as currently leads scoring for the tournament with 15 goals. In their five previous meetings, Liverpool won 3 and Real Madrid won 2.
When Is The UEFA Champions League Final?
The final takes place at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday May 26, 2018 so for Australians that means it will kick off at approximately 4:45am, Sunday, May 27. Coverage will start at 4am.
Here's that time in all capital cities:
- Perth, WA: 2am
- Darwin, NT: 3:30am
- Adelaide, SA: 3:30am
- Brisbane, QLD: 4am
- Sydney, NSW: 4am
- Canberra, ACT: 4am
- Melbourne, VIC: 4am
- Hobart, TAS: 4am
How To Watch The UEFA Champions League Final Live And Free In Australia
As we have come to expect, SBS is once again the destination for all your Finals needs. They will have coverage from 4am, Sunday May 27, live on free-to-air TV. You just have to flick your TV on and you'll be sorted.
If you'd rather set your alarm and roll over, grab your phone and watch from the comfort of your bed in the early morning, you can use the SBS World Game app to do just that. It's available on both the Play Store and the App Store, so most smartphones and tablets are going to be compatible.
You can also catch it on Foxtel Now, if that's your thing. A free two week trial will give you access to every channel, including the Sports channels, where it will be available on beIN Sports - channel 513 - live. If you wanted to stream to desktop or from your PC, this is probably the best way to do so. You'll get a nice crisp HD feed. Don't forget to cancel your subscription before the two weeks tick over or you'll be slugged at least $39. Thatsapriceymeataball!
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