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Sony Pictures announce telecast details ahead of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017

Written by: Mrunal Nakashe

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Sunil Chhetri, Bhaichung Bhutia and Renedy Singh will add the National taste to the European experience of David Moyes, Stuart Pearce and former ISL star Luis Garcia. 

With two days to go to the biggest football tournament to be hosted in India host broadcaster, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has announced its programming initiatives for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India designed to enhance the viewing experience for the audience. The sports cluster of the network is all set to telecast the 22-day tournament in three language feeds – English, Hindi and Bengali on its SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 3 and SONY ESPN channels.

SPN has also given football fans another reason to look forward to the tournament with the return of its flagship studio show, Football Extraaa. The live studio show will be hosted by Seema Jaswal, TV presenter and known sports enthusiast and will feature expert international panellists like former Spain international and Barcelona and Liverpool star Luis García, former Manchester City and England U-21s manager Stuart Pearce as well as former Everton and Manchester United tactician David Moyes. The international football experts will share the screen space with Indian stalwarts like the former and current India captains Bhaichung Bhutia and Sunil Chhetri as well as former India international Renedy Singh.


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Football Extraaa will be aired during the course of the tournament with a pre-show at 4:15 pm followed by a mid-show and post-show. The studio show will serve not only football enthusiasts with match analysis & insights, statistics and interesting trivia but also appeal to bench viewers alike. The show was first telecast during one of the biggest international football tournaments of 2016, the UEFA Euro Championships. 

Seema Jaswal, presenter of ISL and Premier League shows, will host the show

 

Elaborating on the plans, Rajesh Kaul, President, Sports and Distribution Business, SPN said, “The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India, one of the most anticipated events of the year, is set to transform India’s sports landscape. As official broadcasters of the tournament, we are committed to reaching out to a wider audience and enhancing the viewing experience.

We are all set to leverage the mass appeal for this marquee sports event with multiple languages feeds that will bring the tournament closer to the TV viewing audience by presenting the content in a localized format for viewers across markets India. We are also bringing back, Football Extraaa, our flagship show for the tournament which presents some of the biggest names in International & Indian football on a single platform. With in-depth analysis and renowned football experts’ comments, we promise to provide an unparalleled sports viewing experience that appeals to our audience, both football fans and bench viewers, in the Indian Sub-continent.”

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With the sports cluster providing local language feeds and bringing back Football Extraaa, sports enthusiasts across India can expect an enhanced viewing experience to watch the future stars of football in action and cheer for their favourites. The coveted tournament will have 24 teams playing across six venues in India and fans will witness some of the best talents from around the world in the under-17 category.

Watch the LIVE and EXCLUSIVE coverage of the tournament beginning at 4 15 PM on October 6 to October 28, 2017, in English on SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD,  SONY ESPN & SONY ESPN HD channels. For Hindi & Bengali language feeds, tune in to SONY TEN 3 & SONY TEN 3 HD channels. Viewers on the go can also live stream the matches on the SONYLIV App and website.

Published: Tue Oct 03, 2017 07:36 PM IST

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