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May 12, 2016

How to watch the Europa and Champions League finals for free

by John_A

It’s coming to the end of the domestic football season and that means a couple of the sport’s greatest honours will be contested in the next couple of weeks.

On 18 May in Basel, Switzerland, Liverpool will take on Sevilla in the final of the Europa League. Then, on 28 May in Milan, the two Madrids, Real and Atletico, will battle it out for Europe’s biggest trophy – both figuratively and literally, in the Champions League final.

Traditionally, both have been broadcast on terrestrial television in the UK. Not so this year, as BT has the exclusive rights.

That doesn’t mean you need a subscription to a sports package with one of the paid TV services though. You can still watch it no matter your circumstances. And on telly too.

Here’s our guide to the different ways you can watch both finals; free and paid.

When is the Europa League final on TV in the UK?

The Europa League final between Liverpool and Sevilla will kick off at 19:45 BST on Wednesday, 18 May.

When is the Champions League final on TV in the UK?

The Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will kick off at 19:45 BST on Saturday, 28 May.

Where can I watch the Europa and Champions League finals in the UK?

On paid TV

If you subscribe to BT YouView, or the sports packages on Sky or Virgin Media you can watch both finals on the BT Sport Europe channel, with build-up shows starting at 19:00 BST ahead of each match’s kick off time.

Check your provider for costs and package details.

READ: BT Ultra HD YouView+ review: A bold step into future 4K entertainment

On Freeview

BT Sport Showcase on Freeview channel 59 will also show both matches live.

Online and will also livestream both matches.

On YouTube

In a first for both tournaments, the finals will also be livestreamed through YouTube. You just need to head to BT Sport’s YouTube channel at

In Ultra HD (4K)

While you can watch the matches live in several other ways, only customers with access to BT Sport Ultra HD can watch either final in 4K.

You can find out more about BT Ultra HD here.

In Liverpool

Liverpool fans have been advised not to travel to Basel if they do not have tickets for the Europa League final. Ticket allocation has been particularly stingy and St Jakob Park only has a capacity of around 38,000.

BT therefore will host a massive screen in Liverpool’s Echo Arena for fans who want to watch the match with others in the best way possible. Tickets cost £5 each and doors open at 6pm. All proceeds go to charity.

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