Channel 4 has snapped up another eye-catching sports deal after securing the UK terrestrial rights to show Chelsea at football’s Fifa Club World Cup next week.
The broadcaster will air Chelsea’s semi-final against opponents yet to be determined on Wednesday 9 February on E4 and, should the Blues progress, will show their final on Saturday 12 February on Channel 4.
Channel 4, which is believed to have beaten the BBC to the deal, will also broadcast highlights of the final, in which Chelsea could win the Club World Cup for the first time, on Saturday evening.
“This is one of the few major honours to have eluded Chelsea so it’d be great if they can make history live on Channel 4,” said the broadcaster’s head of sport Pete Andrews.
“We’re delighted to be bringing top-flight football live on free to air terrestrial television, let’s just hope the Blues can go all the way.”
The Fifa Club World Cup, which is taking place in the United Arab Emirates this year, brings together the champions of Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Oceania and the host nation in a knockout tournament.
Bayern Munich are the current holders and Chelsea lost in the final when they last took part, in 2012. Liverpool were the last English winners in 2019.