The 2017 Champions League tournament has reached the semifinal stages – with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Leicester City, and Borussia Dortmund all falling out of the competition in the quarter-finals. The semi-final matchups have been decided with Real Madrid – Athletico Madrid and Monaco – Juventus. Winners of this leg will advance to the Champions League final on 3 June in Cardiff, Wales.
When is it?
The semi-finals are taking place on Tuesday 2 May (Madrid-Athletico) and Wednesday 3 May (Monaco-Juventus), with the return legs one week later, on 9 and 10 May. Real Madrid and Monaco will be the home sides for the first leg.
Kick-off time for the games is the usual 20:45 local, Central European Summer Time. (19:45 British Summer Time, 14:45 Eastern Daylight Time)
Are you stuck at work, or travelling abroad and don’t know how to watch? Are you one of the many who don’t want to pay for a pricey cable subscription anymore? Let me show you how to watch all these Champions League games online – from anywhere in the world!
How Can I Watch?
There are a couple of ways you can watch the Champions League semi-finals online. All of the services I mention below all you to stream the games online. The one catch is that you will probably need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to bypass any geo-restrictions. Additionally, take the time to check your local TV listings to see if the games are being shown for free.
Fox Soccer 2Go
With Fox owning rights to the games, Fox Soccer 2Go is the best way to catch all Champions League football online. The $19.99 a month price tag might be a bit steep, but remember that this covers all Champions League football, in addition to several other tournaments and leagues.
Fox Soccer 2Go allows you to stream directly in the browser on your desktop. Further iOS and Android support is available through free apps that you can download to your devices. Simply download these apps and stream Fox Soccer 2Go on your phone or tablet!
The one catch with Fox Soccer 2Go is that it is restricted to US residents. Thankfully, those currently outside of the US can also watch Fox Soccer 2Go by using a VPN.
Sling TV is a popular cord-cutting service that gives access to Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. With all Champions League games being broadcast on these Fox Sports channels, Sling TV is another excellent way to catch all the action online.
There is a seven-day free trial available that should let you stream the games for free. Sling TV also enjoys awesome compatibility with a number of devices, with Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Android, and iOS all supported.
Unfortunately, Sling TV suffers from the same geo-restrictions as Fox Soccer 2Go, with the service only available to US residents. Thankfully, you can use a VPN to unblock Sling TV from anywhere in the world!
UK Viewers – BT Sport
BT Sport has the broadcasting rights for the Champions League in the UK. Unfortunately, watching BT Sport online requires a UK subscription, which is an issue for non-UK residents.
If you do have a BT Sport subscription and are traveling overseas, you can tune in to watch the games – simply follow the instructions below!
Alternative Streaming Methods
If you don’t fancy paying anything to watch your favorite Champions League games, you can look around for some alternative (and mostly illegal) streams.
While streaming these games for free sounds nice on paper, getting caught watching these illegal streams isn’t. Connecting to a VPN while you stream gives you increased protection against your Internet Service Provider (ISP) tracking your activity. A VPN also offers extra protection against the inevitable malware attacks during these “free” streams.
Check out the official /r/soccerstreams subreddit for more information on these methods.
Using a VPN to Watch Champions League Football
Unblocking any of the services above requires an active VPN connection to the US or UK (depending on your streaming method). Read my step-by-step instructions on how to unblock these streaming services using a VPN!
- Choose from our best VPNs for sports, or sign up to my personal favorite, ExpressVPN.
- Download and install the VPN software on your internet-connected device.
- Connect to a VPN server that is in a country where streaming is allowed (the US for Fox Soccer 2Go and Sling TV, the UK for BT Sport).
- Once connected, go to the streaming service you’ve selected and sign up. Once completed, you are all set to start streaming!
Note: stay connected to the VPN while streaming to avoid any playback issues. You can disconnect from the VPN when you are done watching!
Champions League Semi-final: Need to Know
Current Goal Scoring Leaders
- Lionel Messi – 11 goals – 810 minutes played
- Edinson Cavani – eight goals – 719 minutes played
- Robert Lewandowski – eight goals – 794 minutes played
- Cristiano Ronaldo – seven goals – 930 minutes played
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – seven goals – 708 minutes played
Semi-final winners will advance to the Champions League Final, which will take place on June 2 at the Millennium Stadium in Wales, Cardiff. The venue was responsible for hosting the FA cup final between 2001 and 2006, as well as being equipped with a huge, fully retractable roof.
Those interested in attending the Final in Cardiff should check out the offical 2017 Cardiff Champions League Final page.
Who is your pick to take home the trophy this year? Leave a comment below to let us know!
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