MIAMI, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- beIN SPORT, the international sports network, will televise the first Clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid, live from the Camp Nou on Saturday, Oct. 26, at noon ET.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are two of the world's most popular and successful soccer clubs and each team's roster is filled with soccer royalty. This will be the first Clasico for both coaches, Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti and Barcelona's Gerardo Martino, as well as for Barca's Neymar and Madrid's Gareth Bale and Isco.
Barcelona will be looking for a stellar performance from Lionel Messi, who needs one more goal to pass Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano to become the Clasico's all-time leading scorer. Barca hasn't beaten Real Madrid since December 2011 in the league.
"As El Clasico is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, we are truly excited to carry this amazing match on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT en Espanol, and beIN SPORT PLAY," said Yousef Al-Obaidly, managing director of beIN SPORT. "The match represents one of the most intense rivalries in all of sports, not just soccer, with a global audience approaching 1 billion viewers."
Coverage will be both on beIN SPORT and beIN SPORT en Espanol, with a pre-game show at 11 a.m. ET. There will also be a halftime and post-game show, featuring match analysis and interviews. Special guests include former Real Madrid stars Hugo Sanchez and Bodo Illgner, former Barcelona stars Jose Mari Bakero and Sonny Anderson among others.
The always exciting and seldom bashful Ray Hudson will partner with play-by-announcer Phil Schoen on beIN SPORT, while Eduardo Biscayart and Jose Hernandez cover the match on beIN SPORT en Espanol.
El Clasico will be directly available to over 40 million U.S. households on beIN SPORT and beIN SPORT en Espanol. Viewers in Canada can watch the match on beIN SPORT PLAY (www.beinsportplay.ca).
In addition to beIN SPORT's exclusive coverage of La Liga, the network exclusively televises soccer stars Andrea Pirlo in Serie A and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Radamel Falcao in Ligue 1. The network also features CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying matches, Copa America, Copa del Rey, the Football League from the U.K., Six Nations Rugby, tennis, boxing and other international sport competitions.
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