The 2017 Champions League tournament has reached the semi-finals stage, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Leicester City, and Borussia Dortmund all dropping out of the competition in the quarter-finals. The semi-final match-ups have been decided as Real Madrid vs. Athletico Madrid and Monaco vs. Juventus. Winners of this leg will advance to the Champions League Final on 3 June in Cardiff, Wales.
When Is It?
The first leg of the semi-finals is finished, with Real Madrid and Juventus both taking commanding leads (Real Madrid lead 3-0, Juventus are up 2-0.) The return legs are underway one week later, on 9 and 10 May. Athletico Madrid and Juventus will be the home sides for the second 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).
Stuck at work, or traveling 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 Athletico vs. online – from anywhere in the world!
How Can I Watch?
There are a couple of ways you can watch Athletico Madrid vs Real Madrid and Juventus vs Monaco online. While all of the services I mention below are valid ways to watch the games, with the one catch being that you will probably need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to bypass any geo-restrictions. Additionally, it’s probably worth taking the time to check your local TV listings to see if either of 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!
Free Streaming Methods
Want to watch Real Madrid or Juventus for free? 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 free streams.
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: Try to 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
- Cristiano Ronaldo – 10 goals – 1020 minutes played
- Edinson Cavani – eight goals – 719 minutes played
- Robert Lewandowski – eight goals – 794 minutes played
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – seven goals – 708 minutes played
Champions League Betting Odds
- Tuesday 9th May- Juventus (3/4) v Monaco (24/5)
- Wednesday 10th May- Athletico Madrid (25/14) v Real Madrid (17/10)
- Champions League Outright Winner- Real Madrid 17/10
- Champions League Outright Winner- Juventus 11/10
The semi-final winners will advance to the Champions League Final, which will take place on 3 June at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The venue was responsible for hosting the FA Cup Final between 2001 and 2006, and is equipped with a huge, fully retractable roof.
Those interested in attending the final in Cardiff should check out the official 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!
IMAGE CREDIT: UEFA