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Spurs stun Madrid, join Manchester City in Champions League last 16

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Paris (AFP) – Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions on Wednesday as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City.

Dele Alli starred with a brace for Tottenham with Christian Eriksen also scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo’s late consolation.

Spurs stun Madrid, join Manchester City in Champions League last 16

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Paris (AFP) – Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions on Wednesday as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City.

Dele Alli starred with a brace for Tottenham with Christian Eriksen also scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo’s late consolation.

BT Sport pays £1.18 bn to renew Champions League TV deal

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London (AFP) – BT Sport has paid £1.18 billion ($1.45 billion, 1.36 billion euros) to retain exclusive rights to show Champions League and Europa League games in the United Kingdom, the broadcaster announced on Monday.

The new contract, valid from 2018 to 2021, is worth £394 million per year, a significant increase on its current £299-million-per-year deal.

BT Sport pays £1.18 bn to renew Champions League TV deal

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London (AFP) – BT Sport has paid £1.18 billion ($1.45 billion, 1.36 billion euros) to retain exclusive rights to show Champions League and Europa League games in the United Kingdom, the broadcaster announced on Monday.

The new contract, valid from 2018 to 2021, is worth £394 million per year, a significant increase on its current £299-million-per-year deal.

Videos

Undoubted Highlight Of Europa League Final: Ajax ‘Keeper Andre Onana Does A Magic Fart (Video)

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Just a half-time quickie to bring you Pies' official highlight of the Europa League Final so far.

Here's Ajax 'keeper André Onana using his downstairs trumpet to conjure up a BT Sport graphic...

Ajax kalecisi Onana'nın yayıncı grafikleriyle imtihanı pic.

Video: Jose Mourinho says he wants to build dynasty at Chelsea

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BT Sport have released an exclusive interview with Jose Mourinho about his career to date and where he sees himself in the future. The Portuguese...

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VIDEO: Van Persie plays football with his son in town

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BT Sport have filmed ambassador Robin van Persie teaching his son Shaqueel some football tricks.

Diego Costa Interview - Chelsea vs Liverpool Pre-Match - BT Sport

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Slightly Over-Competitive Michael Owen Shows He’s Still Got It During Chester FC Training Session (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Having toddled down on behalf of BT Sport, Michael Owen joined in with a training session with Chester FC(fun fact: Owen's dad, Terry, played for the club's previous incarnation, Chester City, during the mid-1970′s) this morning and even got himself on the score sheet by rolling back the years, roaring for his team-mates to clear a path, defying his plasticine knee ligaments one last time and sticking away aneat finish inside the far post.

Champions League

Commentator Derek Rae announces return to United States

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Commentator Derek Rae has announced that this season will be his last for BT Sport, and that he’ll be returning to the United States this summer.

The accomplished professional, who has commentated on international soccer for more than twenty years including calling the World Cup, Champions League, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Europa League, is one of the leading commentators in world soccer.

Commentator Derek Rae announces return to United States

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Commentator Derek Rae has announced that this season will be his last for BT Sport, and that he’ll be returning to the United States this summer.

The accomplished professional, who has commentated on international soccer for more than twenty years including calling the World Cup, Champions League, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Europa League, is one of the leading commentators in world soccer.

BT Sport Spluff £1.2bn To Secure Exclusive Champions League Rights Through To 2021

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BT Sport have gone out and spluffed £1.2billion to extend their deal to broadcastthe Champions League until 2021 which is likely to come as great news for the literally tens of people who still pay to watch the Champions League via legal means.

BT have been screeningthe tournament (as well as the Europa League) since 2015 after first securing the rights from UEFA two years earlierwith a whopping£897million outlay.

BT Sport’s Champions League Goals Show the ideal accompaniment to European soccer

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The UEFA Champions League has always been a fascinating competition from a television viewer's perspective. Because while it's considered as the biggest prize in the domestic game, the group stages can often be a monotonous affair.

Sure, there are titanic tussles in the early parts of the tournament—Atletico Madrid vs.

BT Sport May Live-Stream Champions League Final On Youtube In Desperate Bid To Boost Disappointing Viewing Figures

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Dwindling viewing figures have reportedly prompted BT Sport to take radical actionin a desperate bid togive their Champions League coverage a much-need shot in the arm.

According to the Daily Mail, BT Sport are seriously considering streaming their exclusive coverage of the Champions League Final live on Youtube to help inflate their numbers.

Hoddle Twaddle: BT Sport ‘Expert’ Claims He Watched Alvaro Morata Play For Italy Against England

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Juventus may have found themselves on the wrong end of Bayern Munich's incredible rallying prowess in the Champions League last night, but the Serie A side did emerge from the prolonged mauling with a few blessings to count.

One of which was the fantastic performance of striker Alvaro Morata, who ran the Bayern defence ragged with his constantburrowing down the channels before eventually setting up Juan Cuadrado for Juve's second goal with a brilliant barrelling chargefrom deep inside his own half.

English Premier League

Why Britain’s 3pm TV blackout for soccer needs to be eradicated

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The last day of the Premier League season sees all 10 games played at 10am ET / 3pm UK time. This is so that no team knows what's happening at any other ground – which is useful for close title fights and relegation scraps, a fine idea, even if this season all that was decided weeks ago.

Luckily these games are on a Sunday, for if they were on a Saturday nobody would be able to watch any of it on British television.

Why Britain’s 3pm TV blackout for soccer needs to be eradicated

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The last day of the Premier League season sees all 10 games played at 10am ET / 3pm UK time. This is so that no team knows what's happening at any other ground – which is useful for close title fights and relegation scraps, a fine idea, even if this season all that was decided weeks ago.

Luckily these games are on a Sunday, for if they were on a Saturday nobody would be able to watch any of it on British television.

Ian Darke among highlights of EPL commentator assignments for Gameweek 33

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For the commentators who will be gracing our TV sets this weekend for another gameweek of Premier League soccer, the big news is that Ian Darke will be announcing the West Ham against Arsenal game. He'll be alongside Danny Mills on the broadcast for BT Sport, which NBCSN has generously agreed to use instead of the international feed.

Ian Darke among highlights of EPL commentator assignments for Gameweek 33

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For the commentators who will be gracing our TV sets this weekend for another gameweek of Premier League soccer, the big news is that Ian Darke will be announcing the West Ham against Arsenal game. He'll be alongside Danny Mills on the broadcast for BT Sport, which NBCSN has generously agreed to use instead of the international feed.

The Argument: Is There Too Much Football on TV?

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When did being a football fan start to feel like such hard work? It's not that there's more football in the world than there used to be. What's changed is the availability and exposure of it all. Anybody with the right sort of television package, mobile phone contract or internet connection should never go more than 24 hours without a game to watch.

BT Sport Announce New Era Punditry Team, Steven Gerrard And Rio Ferdinand On Board For Champions League Nights

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By Chris Wright

Poor old non-descript Jake is being ousted already

BT Sport have unveiled their new presenting and punditry stable as they move into their brave new Champions League era and bloody hell it looks like they're chucking some money at it!

As you've likely heard, Gary Lineker has taken a pay-cut with the BBC to take the gig fronting BT's Champions League coverage next season, leaving Jake Humphrey to carry on with the Premier League stuff.

Was Jose Mourinho being ‘crafty’ opting for a Sky interview rather than with his employers BT Sport?

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Last weekend Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager gave a revealing and exclusive interview to Sky Sports in England, but not everybody was happy with Mourinho's willingness to give the interview with Sky.

Last summer, Mourinho signed a 4 year deal to work with Sky's main rival the broadcaster, BT Sport.

Was Jose Mourinho being ‘crafty’ opting for a Sky interview rather than with his employers BT Sport?

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Last weekend Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager gave a revealing and exclusive interview to Sky Sports in England, but not everybody was happy with Mourinho's willingness to give the interview with Sky.

Last summer, Mourinho signed a 4 year deal to work with Sky's main rival the broadcaster, BT Sport.

Sky Sports and BT Sport retain Premier League rights in UK for 2016-19

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Sky Sports and BT Sport have retained the UK TV rights to the Premier League for seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19, the Premier League announced today.

Both sports networks were favored to win the bidding for the most-watched sports league in the world, with US-based DiscoveryNetwork (owners of Eurosport) reported to be in discussions with the league about putting in a substantial bid.

Sky Sports and BT Sport retain Premier League rights in UK for 2016-19

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Sky Sports and BT Sport have retained the UK TV rights to the Premier League for seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19, the Premier League announced today.

Both sports networks were favored to win the bidding for the most-watched sports league in the world, with US-based DiscoveryNetwork (owners of Eurosport) reported to be in discussions with the league about putting in a substantial bid.

“That’s a good foul” ….. Savage by name ……..

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In its infinite wisdom, BT has chosen to employ the services of one Robbie Savage as their expert analyst to educate us with his pearls of wisdom regarding the subtle nuances and tactical complexities of football.

Savage earned his reputation as an old fashioned hard man during his career by regularly stepping over the boundary between good play and foul play.

Funny! Watch Christmas Carolers Sing Popular English Soccer Chants [VIDEO]

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UK sports network BT Sport has released a humorous Christmas video starring Christmas carolers singing popular English soccer songs and chants.

The 60 second ad features several familiar chants you can hear at Premier League stadiums.

Watch the video here:

Mobile app users, watch the Arsenal video here.

Funny! Watch Christmas Carolers Sing Popular English Soccer Chants [VIDEO]

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UK sports network BT Sport has released a humorous Christmas video starring Christmas carolers singing popular English soccer songs and chants.

The 60 second ad features several familiar chants you can hear at Premier League stadiums.

Watch the video here:

Mobile app users, watch the Arsenal video here.

Premier League Could be Set to Introduce Friday Night Matches

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With the battle for the new Barclays Premier League television rights set to begin at the start of the New Year, it is understood that the competing networks are keen on producing Friday night matches in the near future. BT Sport and Sky Sports are thought to be bidding up to an astounding £5 billion to secure the rights to air Premier League matches starting in 2016.

Premier League Could be Set to Introduce Friday Night Matches

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With the battle for the new Barclays Premier League television rights set to begin at the start of the New Year, it is understood that the competing networks are keen on producing Friday night matches in the near future. BT Sport and Sky Sports are thought to be bidding up to an astounding £5 billion to secure the rights to air Premier League matches starting in 2016.

2014/15 Premier League TV Schedule For Viewers in the UK

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While Americans can revel in having every single Premier League game shown live, we Brits have a lot fewer games that are available on television (and Internet).

In the UK, television rights for matches are split between Sky Sports and BT Sport with the schedule up to and including November 30 already being released.

WATCH Jose Mourinho’s Brilliant Advert For Upcoming Premier League Season [VIDEO]

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stars in a new TV commercial to promote the upcoming season of Premier League soccer on BT Sport. The video promo features Rio Ferdinand and Daniel Sturridge, in addition to The Special One.

"Get ready for another unmissable season on BT Sport. You have to see it to believe it.

Sky Sports Will Launch New European Football Channel To Escalate Competition With BT Sport

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Sky Sports has ventured out to bring football fans a channel dedicated to broadcasting European football. The channel will provide viewers with up to 600 European football matches per season.

Sky will open a new channel ready for the new season and is set to be their 7thSky Sports channel.

Manchester United

Rio: Typical of City fans to talk about United

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Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League game against PSG, Mike Sumerbee was interviewed by BT Sport and claimed that all of England would be supporting them tonight, even United fans.

"Typical Man City fan, that, bringing Manchester United in to it," Rio Ferdinand said in the studio. The expression on his face said it all when Gary Lineker questioned whether he would be supporting City tonight.

Ferdinand: Giggsy parks in gaffer’s spot at Carrington

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Ferdinand spoke to BT Sport in an exclusive interview.

So where are we at the moment, we're towards the end of the season now. We're getting towards that stage where we're thinking where are you going to be what are you going to be doing?

Nothing really I think it's the same as last season, we didn't thrash things out until the real last week of the season really last year I think it was.

RoM Reads

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Scott talks to BT Sport about Moyes' sacking.

Scott writes for The Metro about the temporary appointment of Giggs.

The Guardian discusses possible replacements.

The Telegraph reports on the return of the Class of '92.

The Independent talks about Keane's accusations for United players.

media

Watch As Michael Owen Robot Blows A Fuse On BT Sport

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Finally! What we've long suspected is now proven true:Michael Owen is a pundit-bot, a pre-programmed, plug-'n'-play, monotone automaton offering opinion on the human game of football.

The mask slipped this Saturday, when, 'live' on BT Sport, Owen bleeped and burbled like Twinkie on Buck Rodgers re-run.

BT Sport Drop Stan Collymore From Rangers Coverage After Twitter Spat

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By Alan Duffy

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Stan Collymore has been dropped from BT Sport's coverage of Friday's Raith Rovers v Rangers Scottish Championship clash after the former Celtic and Liverpool man had an Twitter altercation with a number of Rangers fans.

Collymore had claimed that Rangers' games should not be broadcast by BT, due to the sectarian chanting of the club's supporters.

The Rest

BT Sport Produce Handy, Cut-Out-And-Keep ‘Beards Of The World Cup’ Guide…

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By Chris Wright

It's been long overdue, but BT Sport have finally produced a handy, wallet-sized, cut-out-and-keep guide to all of the various facial hair stylings on show at the World Cup.

From Alonso to Villa, they're all here...

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The horrific nightmare of footballers singing

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Last night I had a terrible nightmare that all Arsenal players made a vow never to communicate with the outside world again unless it was via the medium of song (not Alex).

It was a barren, tuneless world we lived in, ruled by Thomas Vermaelen whose eyes were, literally, gateways to hell. He prevented the use of auto-tune, decrying it as vacuous and false, thus all the songs (not Alex or Rigobert) were off-key and painful to listen to.