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Where to watch the 2022 Champions League final from Spain

The 2022 Champions League final is upon us, with Real Madrid and Liverpool squaring off on Saturday night. But which TV channels are showing the match live in Spain, and do you have to pay?

Where to watch the 2022 Champions League final from Spain
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on May 26, 2018. Photo: Luis Gene/AFP

The 2022 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid is on Saturday night, May 28th, at 9pm Spain time (8pm Canary Islands time), live from the Stade de France stadium in Paris.

With 19 Champions League titles between them (Madrid have 13, Liverpool 6) Saturday will see a showdown between the two most decorated clubs in European football history, and a rematch of the 2018 final that saw Madrid run out 3-1 winners.

Which Spanish TV channels are showing the Champion League final?

There are a number of different TV and streaming options available to watch the football season’s curtain closer from Spain.

The easiest choice is to watch it on La 1, the first channel on Spanish terrestrial TV, as the public broadcaster RTVE has the rights to broadcast the final live this year. 

That’s great news for pretty much anyone with a television in Spain, as they can watch the match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at home completely for free. It’s the first time in seven years that RTVE has the rights to show La final de Champions, as it’s called in Spain. 

The fact that it will be broadcast ‘en abierto‘ (for free) is also excellent news for bar owners and those who want to watch the game outdoors in the company of friends, as more establishments will be able to show the match on their televisions, something that isn’t always financially viable for many with the paid sport channel subscriptions.

The match will also be broadcast on channel 50 of Movistar TV, but this Champions League channel is only available to those who are suscribed to Movistar’s football package.

For those without a television set, there’s the option of watching the game online via a laptop, tablet or mobile either through Orange TV’s web platform, Movistar’ Yomvi or on RTVE’s own online platform.

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Spain and Portugal make official joint-bid to host 2030 World Cup

The Spanish and Portuguese footballing federations have already put together a proposed list of venues for the event, which would be the first in Spain since 1982 and the first ever in Portugal.

Spain and Portugal make official joint-bid to host 2030 World Cup

The Spanish (RFEF) and Portuguese (FPF) footballing federations have formally submitted their application to jointly host the 2030 FIFA World Cup following an agreement made between them in which they chose  14 venues, 11 in Spain and 3 in Portugal.

Despite having dominated international football in recent years, it would be the first time Spain has hosted a World Cup since the famous 1982 event, and Portugal’s first time hosting the sport’s premier competition.

Both footballing powerhouses, however, have hosted the European Championship in the past: Spain all the way back in 1964, and Portugal more recently in 2004.

Host cities and stadiums

Although the host cities haven’t been officially announced yet, if the famous 1982 tournament is anything to go by there would be matches held in Madrid’s famous Santiago Bernabeu and Barcelona’s Camp Nou, but likely both stadiums in each city, as well as both stadiums in Seville, and stadiums in Valencia, Bilbao, Malaga, Zaragoza, Vigo, A Coruña, Gijón, and Elche.

In Portugal, the host cities are rumoured to be Lisbon, Porto, Braga and Faro.

The newly renovated Bernabéu will be ready for 2030. Credit: Real Madrid

Infrastructure 

But it’s not just about stadiums. Host countries are expected to be able to demonstrate the organisational and infrastructural capabilities necessary to make sure all the hosting off the pitch runs smoothly.

It is believed neither Spain nor Portugal should have any trouble satisfying FIFA’s stadium criteria, with includes capacity of a minimum of 40,000 spectators for the matches in the group stages, 60,000 spectators for the semifinals, and a minimum of 80,000 spectators for the opening and final matches.

Stadiums must also meet the requirements to be rated as 4-star category stadiums, something neither Spain or Portugal, two football obsessed countries with huge leagues, will worry about.

In addition to host stadiums, the Spanish-Portuguese proposal has outlined 72 sub-headquarters across the Iberian peninsula, 54 of which are in Spain, that would provide transport, hospitality, organisation and infrastructure support.

This is because potential hosts are also required to satisfy complimentary competition infrastructure criteria, including outdoor areas adjacent to the stadium big enough to host TV and security areas, something both Spain and Portugal are accustomed to as they both regularly host Champions League and Europe League matches, but also parking areas with a minimum capacity of 5,000 spaces on match days.

The 2030 World Cup would also be a boon for Spain’s famous hospitality sector, as FIFA requires host nations have three or four 5-star hotels within 40km from the match headquarters, a passenger airport with within 40km from the headquarters, a railway center near the headquarters, and at least four training centers within 40km.

Rival bids

With their rich footballing history, expansive infrastructure, and fluid border between the two, Spain and Portugal’s Iberian World Cup bid is a strong one. But they won’t be the only countries hoping to host to 2030 tournament, however.

It is is believed government and footballing bodies in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile are also working on a four-nation bid to celebrate the centenary of the first World Cup held in 1930 in Uruguay. 

For several years it was believed that a joint UK and Ireland bid would be the biggest threat to Spain and Portugal’s, but the prospect of an Iberian 2030 World Cup was given a boost when the UK and Ireland withdrew their interest to bid instead for the Euro 2028 competition.

It has been reported that China and South Korea may also be mulling a bid.

The final decision on who will host the 2030 event is set for after the 2022 World Cup, with voting slated for the end of the year.

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