UPDATED: August 23 2007
Live coverage of Italy’s Serie A returns to terrestrial TV in the United Kingdom with Five showing a top game every Sunday afternoon when the new season kicks off on August 26, 2007.
Five will broadcast live action for 34 weeks of the season at 1330 (kick-off 1400) on Sundays and is also showing a weekly half hour preview and highlights magazine programme on Saturday mornings at around 1130.
There will also be coverage of a second match in Five’s late night sports output.
'Football Italiano' will be presented by Mark Chapman and former AC Milan Channel host Laura Esposto (pictured). Tony Jones and John Barnes will offer the commentary.
Robert Charles, Controller of Sport for Five, said: "Serie A is still one of the strongest leagues in football with some of the most talented players in the world. The national side are, of course, the current world champions and Milan are Champions League winners.
"We are delighted that our viewers - both terrestrial and on digital - will be able to see some of the top club sides in the world in a truly fantastic league."
Mike Ingram of Inform Group, who secured the deal with Five on behalf of Media Partners & Silva Ltd, said: "I believe that UK football fans will be delighted to see live Italian football back on terrestrial television. Five are a fantastic partner for Italian football.
"This agreement reverses the trend of terrestrial broadcasters losing out to Pay-TV. Serie A is now the only one of the big five leagues to have international terrestrial coverage in a major western European market."
Five's first live match will see champions Inter entertain Udinese at the San Siro on Sunday August 26.
Please check our weekly listings below for further details of which matches will be shown live on Five.
Source: Sport Business / euFootball / five