The year 2019 started on a great note for all football fans in India as Team India - Blue Tigers gear up to battle for supremacy in the AFC Asian Cup football tournament. Star Sports, the official broadcaster of AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, will telecast all India games in English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Kannada and Malayalam to ensure fans get an opportunity to cheer for their team in their preferred language.
This will be the first time Team India - Blue Tigers’ participation in a major international football tournament will be telecast in six languages.
The broadcast of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 will include an immersive, 360-degree coverage of the Blue Tigers. The broadcast offers fans the best of football action on and off the field, extensive commentary from football experts across languages and special programming for the Blue Pilgrims.
Star Sports’ broadcast of the tournament will include previews, reviews and extensive analysis of all the games played throughout the tournament. These insights will be shared by football experts, both from the venue as well as from specially designed in-house studios for the tournament. Legendary football commentator John Helm will be accompanied by Paul Masefield for commentary from the venue. These experts will be joined by India’s AFC Asian Cup 2011 squad members Renedy Singh and Mehrajuddin Wadoo as they share their expert opinions during the English broadcast from in-house studios.
A host of language experts will lend their voice for the broadcast involving all-India games. Raman Vijayan in Tamil, Jo Paul Ancheri in Malayalam, and Debjit Ghosh and Rajat Ghosh Dastidar in Bengali along with NS Manju (Kannada) who represented India in AFC Asian Cup 2011 will be a part of the Star Sports broadcast plans for AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
The Indian national football team has seen a massive growth in support on the back of some strong performances at the international stage, which saw India breaking into the top 100 in FIFA rankings and hosting major international tournaments such as the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, Hero Intercontinental Cup and other international games.
Blue Tigers will look to overcome challenges from hosts UAE, Bahrain and Thailand in the group stage in order to advance to the Round of 16 — a feat they achieved only once in the history of the tournament in 1964, when the team ended as the runners-up of the tournament.
Star Sports will telecast all the games from the tournament live on Star Sports 3, with live telecast of India games in six languages across Star Sports network and Hotstar.
India is grouped with hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain in Group A. Team India will play their first game against Thailand on Sunday, January 6.