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CBS announces extensive coverage of Champions League Final

CBS Sports’ first full season of UEFA Champions League coverage culminates this week with the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City vs. Chelsea, airing on the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+ on Saturday, May 29 at 3:00 PM, ET.

Pregame coverage begins at 1:30 PM, ET with UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TODAY presented by Lays, hosted by Kate Abdo with analysts Jamie Carragher, Roberto Martinez and Micah Richards in studio, and joined by Peter Schmeichel, Guillem Balagué, Nico Cantor and Jenny Chiu reporting on-site from Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal. As part of the pregame festivities, renowned DJ and producer Marshmello will perform in the pre-game kickoff show beginning at 2:40 PM, ET.

Manchester City vs. Chelsea kicks off at 3:00 PM, ET, called by announcers Peter Drury and Rob Green. In addition to the pregame show, the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TODAY studio team will also provide halftime and postgame commentary, while Schmeichel, Balagué, Cantor and Chiu will contribute with sideline coverage throughout the match. CBS Sports post-match coverage will air on the CBS Television Network until 5:30 PM, ET, and continue on CBS Sports Network until 6:30 PM, ET. Paramount+ will feature the entire 5 hours of coverage.

SEE MORE: Schedule of UEFA Champions League TV schedule

CBS Sports will introduce a new Star Cam as part of its coverage, with a dedicated camera tracking every movement and moment of one star player on each club. Each club’s Star Cam will be featured on Paramount+ as an additional viewing experience, immersing fans into every second of their club’s star player on the pitch.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TODAY pregame coverage will include an exclusive feature interview between Chelsea midfielder and U.S. Men’s National Team star Christian Pulisic, and USMNT legends and current CBS Sports analysts Clint Dempsey, Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu. Additional exclusive live interviews with stars from the world of sports will also be featured in the studio show coverage.

To find out when soccer games are on, download the free Soccer TV Schedules App which includes listings of all of the live soccer matches available in the United States (available on Apple iOS devices and Android devices).

 

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Helen Slade

    June 18, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I wish the announcers would mention team colours now and then throughout the game. Watching 3 UEFA games daily and at 85 years old, I’d like to know who’s who, especially if I don’t tune in early enough to catch the players entering the field.

  2. Christopher

    May 30, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    I thought it was good coverage overall, though the Americanism in it was a bit annoying. I feel like, and I get it because people think Americans don’t watch football, so they are always trying to let the American viewer know about Americans playing and how they should be proud so it gains viewers to football. But that is getting old and very annoying. I think it is time to stop putting an American swing on things. It was a European game that just happened to have an American in it, nothing special, I don’t feel there is any need to Americanize the coverage. Treat it as a European and European only.

    That guy that was with Peter, Jesus, so annoying, “A great day to be an American !” give me a break !

  3. Jasinho

    May 29, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    I adored Peter Drury calling a game and I could tell he was promoting some stuff from P+.

    CBS did a standup job with the presentation of the UCL Final and now I’m endorsing CBS winning the next Premier League bid.

  4. Azer

    May 29, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Tony Jones & David Pleat were the commentators on the world feed.
    Steve Bower & Alan Shearer did commentary for the viewers in Canada on DAZN.

  5. John Culea

    May 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    So happy that Peter Drury is doing the play-by-play and Rob Green is very good. My favorite commentator guy is Lee Dixon. And English commentary is NOT boring. It is the way real football should be broadcasted. Nothing personal, but I also think it should be done by men.

  6. Alex

    May 26, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    English commentary its so boring ..make me fall sleep..good thing i speak another language

  7. Anthony

    May 26, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Did Jim Beglin get booted due to his Angel di Maria comment?

  8. Yespage

    May 26, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Awesome! Extended coverage to make up for the fact CBS didn’t broadcast any games OTA or on Sat/Cable. And it is even better when people forget that they’ll be stuffing as many commercials during this “extended” coverage as possible.

    Whine about Fox all you want, they showed a lot of the games on linear stations. TNT and CBS locked most of it behind a paywall, despite having the channels to broadcast them.

  9. Chris Guardiano

    May 26, 2021 at 2:06 am

    @Eric T the only times I recall FOX giving the UCL Final major event treatment was in the first 3 years they had the rights from 2010-2012 which were all called by Martin Tyler. Then in 2013 and 2014 to try bring in more casual fans along with non soccer fans, FOX used their main college football/basketball commentator Gus Johnson for the Final in the hopes that he could be a good soccer commentator in time for the 2018 World Cup. Instead it backfired because it made their coverage terrible because they were using a non soccer commentator for one of soccer’s biggest events and the hardcore fans weren’t used to his over the top style of commentary that made him well known in the college football/basketball circles. By the 2015 Final when they used John Strong, the damage was already done to their coverage and probably contributed to FOX losing interest in the UCL and giving the rights to Turner.

  10. DANIEL MULLEN

    May 26, 2021 at 12:27 am

    this is awesome sauce.

  11. Mercator

    May 25, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    4 Hours on OTA broadcast and everything is still available to stream with P+. Even got the Gooch in on an interview with Puli. God bless em, take my money.

  12. Eric T

    May 25, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Good to see CBS give this a major event treatment. Can’t recall FOX or Turner ever doing that.

  13. José Cerrato

    May 25, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    ¿mejoraron en EE.UU los ratings de la Champions League con CBS?
    ⚽️ 📺 🇺🇸

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