The year 2019 will start-off in style for all the Indian Football fans as Team India (Blue Tigers) will gear up to fight for glory in Asia’s most prized football tournament i.e. AFC Asian Cup.
To add to the excitement of fans, Star Sports, the official broadcaster of AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 will telecast all of India’s matches in English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Bengali, to ensure fans get chance to cheer for their team in their preferred language. This will be the first time Team India’s participation in a major international tournament will be broadcasted in six languages.
Keeping fans at the centre of the experience, Star Sports’ telecast of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 will include an immersive, all-round coverage of the Indian team. The telecast will offer fans the best of Football action on and off the field, extensive commentary from Football experts across several languages and special programming.
Star Sports telecast of AFC Asian Cup will include previews, reviews and in-depth analysis of all the games played throughout the tournament. These insights will be shared by best football experts in the world, both from the venue of the match as well as from especially designed in-house studios for the tournament.
Legendary Football commentator John Helm along with Paul Masefield will be available for commentary from the venue. These specialists will be joined by India’s AFC Asian Cup 2011 team members Renedy Singh and Mehrajuddin Wadoo. They will share their opinions and insights during the English broadcast from the in-house studios.
The first-ever telecast of a major Football tournament involving India in 6 languages will also include a host of language specialists lending their voice for the telecast involving all India games. Following experts will be a part of the Star Sports broadcast plans for AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019:
Raman Vijayan in Tamil, Debjit Ghosh & Rajat Ghosh Dastidar in Bengali, Jo Paul Ancheri in Malayalam and NS Manju in Kannada.
The Indian Football team has seen rapid growth in support on the basis of some strong performances at the international stage. This increasing support can be attributed to few reasons such as India breaking into the top 100 in FIFA rankings, hosting major international tournaments like the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and Hero Intercontinental Cup and other international games.
The Indian team will look to overcome challenges from hosts UAE, Bahrain and Thailand in the group stage to qualify for the Round of 16 – a rare feat they have achieved only one time in the history of the tournament in 1964 when the team finished as the runners-up of the tournament.
Star Sports will broadcast all the games from the UAE Asian Cup LIVE on Star Sports 3, with a LIVE broadcast of India games in 6 languages across Star Sports network and Hotstar.
India are placed in Group A with hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain. Team India will play their first game versus Thailand on Sunday, January 06, 2019.
India will play their first game versus Thailand on January 6, followed by a match with hosts UAE on January 10 and with Bahrain on January 14.
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