The Hyundai A-League received a significant boost recently with Football Federation Australia confirming that the Seven Network has secured the rights to broadcast the hugely anticipated match between Chelsea FC and Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on 2 June.
The clash between the English Premier League Champions elect Chelsea and two-time Hyundai A-League Champions Sydney FC will be broadcast LIVE nationally at 8pm on 7Mate with coverage starting at 7pm (AEST).
The broadcast completes a dream four day showcase of the Hyundai A-League following the Sydney FC v Tottenham match at ANZ Stadium, also broadcast LIVE on the Seven Network on 30 May.
The Chelsea squad, led by mastercoach Jose Mourinho and containing global football stars Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, John Terry, Oscar and Diego Costa, will take on a Sydney FC squad, which is about to embark on the 2015 Hyundai A-League Finals Series.
There is a possibility the match could see the English Premier League Champions taking on the Hyundai A-League Champions – LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on the Seven Network.
“Football fans all over Australia will be excited by the news that the Chelsea v Sydney FC match will be broadcast live nationally on the Seven Network in what is another boost for football in Australia,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.
“Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in world football and they will take on a Sydney FC team that is right in the hunt to be crowned 2015 Champions. It is a great opportunity to showcase the Hyundai A-League on national free-to-air television. The Seven Network has shown its appetite for football with broadcasts of the Melbourne Victory v Liverpool clash and the last two All-Stars matches against Manchester United and Juventus and this is a further step towards the mainstream for Australian football.”
Saul Shtein, Seven’s Head of Sport, said: “We are proud of our partnership with the FFA and are delighted to be the network entrusted with coverage of the Chelsea v Sydney match.
It’s a remarkable time for football over the coming weeks, with Seven also covering Tottenham – Sydney. Both matches are big events and we’re looking forward to bringing football to all Australians.”