Soccer fans in the United States who want to watch the Copa Libertadores but don’t subscribe to FOX Deportes can finally watch the tournament from the comfort of their homes, offices or on the go with FOX Soccer 2GO. Plus, for the first-time ever, FOX’s legal streaming service will offer the 2016 tournament in English, making the highly attractive club competition more appealing to soccer fans across the country.
Previously, coverage of Copa Libertadores had only been available in Spanish via the FOX Deportes network (FOX Deportes is available in 22 million homes across the United States). Now, thanks to FOX Soccer 2GO, the streaming platform has the streaming rights to the competition for 2016. The competition kicked off on February 2 with 38 teams, and will continue through the second stage, Round of 16, quarterfinals and semi-finals until the final two teams will play in the final in two legs (on July 20 and July 27). The current holder of the competition is River Plate, who defeated UANL last summer.
Copa Libertadores is an annual international club soccer competition organized by CONMEBOL since 1960. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in Latin American soccer. The tournament is named in honor of the Libertadores (Spanish and Portuguese for liberators), the main leaders of the South American wars of independence, so a literal translation of its name into English would be “Liberators of America Cup.”
The 57th edition of the competition features many of the best club teams from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and other nations. Some of the teams participating include River Plate, Boca Juniors, Gremio, Sao Paulo, Gremio, Corinthians, Atletico Mineiro, Colo Colo, Deportivo Cali, Atletico Nacional, UNAM, Toluca, Nacional, Peńarol and Emelec.
Coverage of Copa Libertadores begins this week on FOX Deportes (in Spanish) and FOX Soccer 2GO (in English), featuring the following matches:
Wednesday, February 17
Sao Paulo vs. The Strongest, 4:30pm ET
Melgar vs. Atletico Mineiro, 6:45pm ET
Cobresal vs. Corinthians, 6:45pm ET
Toluca vs. Gremio, 9pm ET
Thursday, February 18
Independiente del Valle vs. Colo Colo, 7:45pm ET
Sporting Cristal vs. Peñarol, 7:45pm ET
Pumas UNAM vs. Emelec, 10pm ET
Tuesday, February 23
LDU Quito vs. San Lorenzo, 5:30pm ET
Huracan vs. Atletico Nacional, 7:45pm ET
FOX Soccer 2GO will also broadcast a weekly Copa Libertadores highlight show.