Category Archives: Spanish Football

No Bundesliga on TV in India for 2020/21 season- Fancode given rights & appointed streaming partner

India has been one of the world’s fastest growing nations in terms of football viewers, but the country will not have Bundesliga for the 2020/21 season on live television. The rights for this season have been given to Fancode, and it currently appears that it will be a streaming-only service. The announcement was made on September 18, 2020, on the eve of the new 20/21 Bundesliga season (reigning domestic and European champions Bayern play Schalke on MD1)

The move is bit of a setback for football viewers in India- the French Ligue 1 does not have an official broadcaster there, and the Spanish La Liga is also a stream only service (on Facebook). The country however does have a high rate of mobile internet penetration and data rates are amongst the cheapest in the world. Fancode are also initially offering streaming of Bundesliga games for free, but it remains to be seen whether they make it chargeable in the future.

Fancode Bundesliga India

For the better part of this decade, the Bundesliga TV rights in India have been with Star Sports (who also telecast the Premier League). Star have however opted not to renew, and some say this is because of the high prices they have paid for the rights to the hugely successful Indian Premier League T20 tournament (which begins tomorrow and effectively clashes with the Bundesliga till mid November). The IPL is normally held in April-May, but was moved to October owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Which channel is telecasting the Bundesliga in India for 2020/21?

No TV channel is telecasting the Bundesliga in India for 20/21- the rights are with the FanCode site.

Where can I watch Bayern vs Schalke on TV in India?

The Bayern v Schalke game on September 18, 2020 will not be on television in India. It can however be watched on FanCode (free to view at the time of writing)

United determined to hold on to Pogba

According to headlines in the Spanish press, Manchester United are keen to hold on to Paul Pogba and are determined not to let their French star go to Real Madrid. Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is a long term admirer of his compatriot, and despite splashing out millions in the summer market, is keen to bring the medio to the Bernabeu.

However Marca say United are not willing to budge from their 200 million euro tag for Pogba, which may force Zidane to look at alternative options like Christian Eriksen or Donny van de Beek.

Marca Pogba

Croatians at Inter Milan- Modric mulls switch

Inter Milan could have another Croatian in their ranks for the upcoming 2018/19 season after it was revealed that Real Madrid star Luka Modric was mulling a switch to the San Siro. Modric, 32, was a key figure for his country at the recently concluded World Cup, winning three MOTM awards as his side finished runners up to France.

Luka Modric

Inter already have Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic in their ranks and have taken Sime Vrsaljko on loan. With three Croatians already on the Nerazzurri’s books, the San Siro looks like an attractive destination for Modric, who has pretty much everything there was to win at Real Madrid.

However the question remains whether Real will be willing to sell both Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same transfer window. This may be Real’s best opportunity to cash in on Modric, and the move will also potentially allow more first team football for Mateo Kovacic.

Inter are also in the market for Arturo Vidal, but the Chilean’s transfer may not materialise if they get Modric.

Levante 0:2 Betis 2018- Los Verdiblancos push Granotas closer to the drop

Real Betis became only the second side to win away from home in Round 25 as they beat Levante 2:0 at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. The win saw the Andalusians leapfrog the likes of Eibar, Girona and Getafe in the league standings and move to seventh, just three below a Europa League spot.

In the ten games played in Round 25, Atleti (away at Sevilla) were the only team to triumph on the road apart from Los Verdiblancos, who won thanks to two second half goals- the first an own goal from Levante’s Chema (55), the other coming from Sergio Leon (69).

With Las Palmas and Deportivo both picking up points over the weekend, Levante are now just one point above the drop zone. The Granotas have now gone three months without a league win, and their only triumph in 2018 came in the Copa against Espanyol.

Betis are at home to Real Sociedad in their next fixture while Levante will be away at Alaves.