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Eurosport to show weekend of esports featuring global sports superstars

By 11th June 2020 No Comments

Broadcaster to air extensive coverage from the weekend-long Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 competition.

Eurosport is to screen this weekend’s celebrity esports tournament, Solidarity Challenge.

The contest sees football, golf, rugby and athletics stars compete in an eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2020 tournament, while raising awareness and donations for the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organisation.

Eurosport will air behind-the-scenes coverage of the stars taking part in the tournament, including footballers Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi, Giorgio Chiellini and Yaya Touré, as well as global sporting icons such as Tommy Fleetwood and Mo Farah.

The first-round knock-out fixtures are:
• Antoine Griezmann vs Ludovic Giuly
• Tommy Fleetwood vs Sir Mo Farah
• Steve McManaman vs Robert Pires
• Amandine Henry vs Blaise Matuidi
• Jermaine Jenas vs Liv Cooke
• Danny Care vs Mathieu Bastareaud
• Giorgio Chiellini vs Yaya Touré
• Scott McTominay vs Louis Saha

Each match will last 21 minutes, with Eurosport also screening pre and post-match interviews and analysis. Viewers being able to see both the gamer’s screen and the players on camera reacting to in-play moments.

Action from the Solidarity Challenge on 13-14 June will be broadcast to more than 75 markets and territories on Eurosport 1, with knockout fixtures being screened 22:00 – 23:30 CEST.

The Eurosport App will cover the action from Friday 12 June.

UK viewers will only be able to access content across the weekend via the Eurosport App.

Trojan Paillot, VP rights acquisitions at Eurosport, said: “We’re looking forward to treating football fans to a unique experience this weekend with the opportunity to see how their PES skills compare with some of sport’s most internationally recognised names. By harnessing the scale of Eurosport’s channel and platform portfolio to screen the Solidarity Challenge across more than 50 countries in Europe, we will drive as many eyeballs as possible to this significant event and we are proud to help to generate funds for such an important cause as the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.”

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