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European Cup on Pay-TV How to watch Champions League, Mr Gomez

You have to imagine Mario Gomez as a very unhappy consumer. “I can’t keep up with what you have to order to watch a game,” said the VfB Stuttgart striker over the weekend. “I think that’s very, very unfortunate for the fans, too, that there’s not just one package that you order and then see all the Bundesliga games, all the Champions League games. That’s a trend I don’t like at all,” Gomez said after his first two goals of the season. He himself does not have any subscriptions.

In order to be able to watch all of their team’s matches in the European Cup live on TV, football fans need paid access to Sky and DAZN this season.

Football fans will have to adapt this season if they want to watch the Champions League. ZDF no longer broadcasts matches and, for the first time since its introduction in 1992, the competition will no longer be shown on free TV. The new media contract of the European Football Union Uefa means that the games will only be available on pay-TV channel Sky and on the DAZN streaming service, which is also subject to a fee. There are also two providers for the Europa League.

How is the Champions League divided?

The games are divided between the two providers Sky and DAZN according to a complicated key. The pay-TV broadcaster will focus above all on the attractiveness of the conferences popular with customers. It will be 40 in the coming season. Sky, on the other hand, will reduce its offer of live matches to – normally – 34 of the total of 138 matches per season. There are “more individual matches with German participation” than with DAZN, promises Sky, which showed all individual matches live in the previous season. The DAZN streaming service shows around 110 games per series.

Who will show the German matches in the group phase?

Both providers will each show twelve individual games with German participation on a total of six match days. Sky will feature five games by the German champion FC Bayern Munich and four by Borussia Dortmund. DAZN will broadcast four matches of runner-up FC Schalke 04 and five of TSG Hoffenheim. During the conference, Sky will broadcast excerpts from all matches.

How does the distribution work?

Sky has signed the contract with Uefa. DAZN has acquired a so-called sub-license. Just how confusing the contracts of the two payment providers are can already be seen on the twelve match days of the group phase: Sky was allowed to choose an encounter nine times and show it exclusively. DAZN has had this privilege three times.

What changes for Sky customers?

Even if the conference call is considered popular, the new TV contract with Uefa is also likely to be a nuisance for many Sky subscribers. The DAZN streaming service is showing significantly more live games. Some live games of German teams are no longer available. If Mario Gomez wants to be sure that he can watch all Champions League matches, he needs both a Sky and a DAZN subscription.

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Mario Gomez Honours

VfB Stuttgart

  • Bundesliga: 2006–07

Bayern Munich

  • Bundesliga: 2009–10, 2012–13
  • DFB-Pokal: 2009–10, 2012–13
  • DFL-Supercup: 2010, 2012
  • UEFA Champions League: 2012–13

Beşiktaş

  • Süper Lig: 2015–16

Germany

  • FIFA World Cup Third Place: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship runner-up: 2008

Individual

  • German Footballer of the Year: 2007
  • DFB-Pokal Top Goalscorer: 2007–08 (6 goals), 2012–13 (4 goals)
  • Bundesliga Top Goalscorer (28 goals): 2010–11
  • UEFA Euro Co-Top Goalscorer (3 goals): 2012
  • Coppa Italia Co-Top Goalscorer (4 goals): 2014–15
  • Süper Lig Top Goalscorer (26 goals): 2015–16

What will change for everyone?

The Champions League now has two different kick-off times: 18:55 and 21:00.

What is the possibility for non-customers?

Despite the new TV contract, all Bundesliga team matches can be watched in sports bars with Sky subscriptions. Sky and DAZN have agreed on a corresponding cooperation. Initially, this regulation applies to the so-called Sky sports bars with satellite reception. The same offer is planned for cable customers, it was said. If you wanted to experience an online gaming site that will suit your personality, better try Totesport.

Where are the Europa League broadcasts available?

There are pictures of the small European Cup on free-to-air television. RTL has acquired a rights package and shows a match every matchday – initially via Nitro. On this Thursday, the channel will broadcast the match between Leipzig and Salzburg. The DAZN streaming service will broadcast all 205 Europa League matches for its subscribers.

Serious tax evasion Ex-DFB officials demand non-admission of lawsuit

Three former top officials of the German Football Association (DFB), former presidents Wolfgang Niersbach (67) and Theo Zwanziger (73) as well as Horst R. Schmidt (76), who has been Secretary General for many years, demand the dismissal of the lawsuit in connection with the affair uncovered by SPIEGEL concerning the award of the 2006 World Cup to Germany. Urs Linsi, former Secretary General of the Fifa World Federation and Swiss citizen, also asserts his innocence.

The quartet, through its attorneys, has applied to the Second Grand Economic Criminal Chamber of the Regional Court of Frankfurt/Main for the prosecution’s prosecution not to be admitted to the trial. This is reported by the “Welt am Sonntag” and refers to statements of the relevant legal representatives, which are available to the “WamS” as well as the 144-page indictment of 17 May 2018 and parts of the investigation file.

The public prosecutor’s office accuses Zwanziger, Niersbach and Schmidt of serious tax evasion. The three held leading positions in the Organizing Committee of the 2006 World Cup. The Swiss Linsi is accused of having aided and abetted the crime as Fifa Secretary General. The accused are said to have evaded a total of around 13.7 million euros in taxes. (Read here how the summer fairy tale affair came about)

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6.7 million euros wrongly declared as operating expenditure

The investigators came to the conclusion that the three former DFB officials, acting jointly, had wrongly declared a payment of 6.7 million euros in the DFB’s tax return for the year 2006 as an operating expense and thus claimed it to reduce profits. This is the result of almost three years of investigations triggered by a report by SPIEGEL in October 2015 on dubious cash flows.

The association had booked 6.7 million euros in 2005 as a cost contribution to a World Cup gala, which never took place. The money was presumably used to repay a loan to former adidas CEO Robert Louis-Dreyfus. Exactly this sum had obviously flowed to the former Fifa scandal official Mohamed bin Hammam in Qatar three years earlier in the form of advance payments by Franz Beckenbauer and Louis-Dreyfus. The defendants defend themselves against this version. There lots of people nowadays that are very fond of sunbets.

The Frankfurt/Main tax office had already decided at the end of October 2017 that the 6.7 million DFB had treated Louis-Dreyfus “incorrectly” for tax purposes – and imposed a fine of 19.2 million euros. The DFB, which has completely replaced its top management in the meantime, continues to insist that the payment was made for operational reasons.