Champions League goes Russia

Who the hell is picking YLE's Champions League games this year, Vladimir Putin? After being on Nelonen for as long as I can remember, Finland's national broadcaster YLE started broadcasting Champions League games this year. YLE will also broadcast two games some weeks. So we can expect to see the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea, Milan, Real Madrid and Lyon, right? Nope. After starting with a predictably boring 0-0 game between PSV and Liverpool, and tonight's Arsenal-Porto game, we'll be treated to five straight games involving Moscow's two Champions League contenders.

We'll kick things off tomorrow with Spartak-Sporting Lisbon, and we'll see Arsenal again against CSKA on Oct 17. Obviously we'd all rather watch the Spartak-Inter game on Hallowen, instead of the ho-hum Chelsea-Barca game that night. I mean, what have those teams done lately? And it's not like there's a big rivalry between them or anything. YLE will wrap up their 2006 broadcasts with... yes, you guessed it CSKA Moscow v. Porto on 21.11 and Spartak-Bayern the day after. Horosho!

I really don't know what's going on. Either YLE wants to have early broadcasts (all the remaining broadcasted games are played in Moscow), wants to save money sending their broadcast team to the home stadium, or Viasat have preference on Champions League games they broadcast. It might be time to get Viasat, or just watch the Barca matches on PCast.

Posted on September 27, 2006 and filed under Barça, Finland, Football, Television.