STAR Sports and ESPN HD to Showcase First Ever Prime-time Live Screening of the El Clasico in India

 STAR Sports and ESPN HD to Showcase First Ever Prime-time Live Screening of
                           the El Clasico in India

  PR Newswire

  NEW DELHI, March 1, 2013

NEW DELHI, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

STAR Sports and ESPN HD will broadcast the first ever prime-time live
broadcast of the highly-anticipated 'El Clasico' between La Liga rivals Real
Madrid and Barcelona at 8:30 pm this Saturday, March 2.

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Traditionally telecast in the wee-hours of the morning, this weekend's El
Clasico is specifically scheduled during prime-time hours, aimed at targeting
La Liga fans in Asia.

La Liga fans can look forward to a 30 min studio preview hosted by Andy
Penders, with former Liverpool midfielder and England International Steve
McMahon and resident Spanish football expert Antonio Codinach providing
analysis and insights before the match. Former Real Mallorca and Tottenham
Hotspur striker Gerry Armstrong will be providing live commentary for the
match.

With Barcelona and Real Madrid ranked the second and third most popular
football clubs in the world, this nail-biting affair is certain to draw a
robust global audience of hundreds of millions as arguably one of the biggest
football rivalries in history.

This weekend's El Clasico marks the 165th time the title contenders Barcelona
and Real Madrid face each other.

  *The pair first met in 1929, where Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 and ever
    since Real Madrid has narrowly taken the upper hand with 50 victories over
    Barcelona's 47.
  *Saturday night's matchup will arguably contain the most talented
    footballers in the world, including FIFA Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi
    and Cristiano Ronaldo, coupled with the majority of Spain's FIFA World Cup
    winners.
  *The pair finished with a closely fought 2-2 draw earlier in October this
    season. Real Madrid, the current La Liga Champions, will be looking to
    make a last bid on the title race after falling to third place behind
    Atletico Madrid.

Incredibly this is the second Clasico this week after Real Madrid beat Barca
3-1 at Camp Nou in the 2nd leg of the Copa del Rey to secure their path to the
final.

Primary Media Contact: Sameer Bajaj, sameerb@espnstar.co.in , 91-9811222700

Secondary Media Contact: Supriya Gupta, supriyaG@espnstar.co.in ,
91-9899552515

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