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The Champions League is staying on Sony Ten in India, following a partnership extension until 2020-21 between European football’s governing body UEFA and Sony Pictures Networks (SPN).

Real Madrid Champions League 3 Sept 2018 crop

The rights cover the broadcast of 138 matches in the UEFA Champions League and 205 matches in the UEFA Europa League across SPN’s TV channels and live streaming on its streaming platform SonyLIV.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with UEFA. It’s a well-known fact that Europe is the home to the best football leagues in the world and the UEFA Champions League features the top clubs and best players from across the world,” said Rajesh Kaul, chief revenue officer, distribution and head – sports, SPN India .

“We are proud to have played our part in building and popularising the tournament in the region and it is not surprising that the viewership has doubled during the 2017-18 season. Along with the fans, we are also excited to continue our journey with this marquee property for the next three seasons.”

UEFA director of marketing Guy-Laurent Epstein added: “UEFA is once again delighted to extend its longstanding partnership with Sony Pictures Networks across the Indian subcontinent. SPN has been a valued UEFA partner for many years, proving itself as a leader in the broadcast of football content in this passionate and growing market. This deal will ensure comprehensive exposure of the UEFA club competitions across SPN’s various platforms in the region.”

The group stage for this season’s Champions League begins on 18 September 2018. To coincide with this, SPN India will launch Double Header nights, with kick off times at 9.55pm and 12:00am.

This rights deal follows the recent acquisition by SPN India of the broadcast rights to Euro 2020, also with UEFA.