Canal 11, the television channel owned and run by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), has secured rights to the final few games from the ongoing FIFA Club World Cup knockout competition in the United Arab Emirates.
The broadcaster is covering the two semi-final matches, with Al Ahly taking on Brazilian heavyweights Palmeiras today (Tuesday) before Egypt’s Al-Hilal come up against Chelsea, of English soccer’s top-tier Premier League, on Wednesday.
The final will then take place on Saturday, with the tournament overall running from February 3 to 12.
Both Al-Hilal and Palmeiras have Portuguese managers.
For the previous Club World Cup, held in February 2021 in Qatar, public service broadcaster RTP held Portuguese rights.
Canal 11’s most recent foray into top-tier club soccer came when it acquired rights to the final stages of the 2020-21 UEFA Women's Champions League and UEFA Futsal Champions League.
Last week, the Club World Cup also secured Canadian coverage, with organizers striking a deal with FuboTV, the over-the-top live television, and sports streaming service.
FuboTV is showing every game exclusively to a Canadian audience, a position that TSN occupied in 2021.
Late last month, FuboTV secured exclusive rights in the US to select matches from multiple top-tier European soccer UEFA national team competitions until 2028, through a six-year sub-licensing deal with national network Fox.
The platform also secured Premier League rights for the 2022-23 to 2024-25 cycle in Canada last month.
The streaming service installed a new chief financial officer, John Janedis, earlier this week.
Other broadcasters to have snapped up Club World Cup rights recently include free-to-air network Channel 4 in the UK, commercial sports broadcaster Sport1 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and Abu Dhabi Media in that region.