World Cup stars descend on S+A this December

The stars from the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Filipino pride Neil Etheridge of Cardiff City FC descend on ABS-CBN S+A this December to offer a glittery holiday for local football fans.

Etheridge and his Cardiff squad fire off the festivities when they take on Wolverhampton FC on Saturday (Dec. 1) live at 3:55 a.m. in an English Premier League match-up. 

On Sunday (Dec. 2) morning, World Cup Golden Ball winner Luka Modric will lead Real Madrid when they play host to Valencia in La Liga LIVE from the Santiago Bernabeu at 3:40 a.m.

Banner football action shifts back to the EPL on Monday (Dec. 2) in the Merseyside Derby when Egypt’s football icon Mo Salah and his Liverpool Reds clash with Richarlison’s Everton club at Anfield LIVE at 12:10 a.m. on S+A. Later that week, on Saturday (Dec. 8), it’s the turn of Manchester United, bannered by Belgian star Romelu Lukkaku and Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, go head to head with Fulham and forward Aleksandar Mitrovic from the Red Devils home pitch live on S+A at 10:55 p.m. 

It will be followed by Spanish giant FC Barcelona’s match against Espanyol in another La Liga match-up, where the Azulgrana tries to widen the gap between them and the rest of the field with returning star Lionel Messi at 3:40 a.m. on Dec. 9, live on S+A. 

Meanwhile, Hurricane Harry Kane will star in Tottenham’s showdown with Burnley when the Hotspurs play hosts to the latter on Dec. 15, live at 10:55 p.m. Dec. 16 looks to be a big day as two EPL giants test each other’s mettle when Salah and Lukkaku try to outgun each other in leading Liverpool and Manchester United in Anfield, live on S+A at 11:55 p.m. Two days before Christmas here in the Philippines, Dec. 23, Manchester United will also play Neil Etheridge’s Cardiff squad live on S+A at 1:25 a.m.

Action will shift to Italy’s premier football league, Serie A, when storied clubs Inter Milan and Napoli face off as they jostle for position behind league-leading Juventus. Napoli leads Inter by just a hair and star forward Mauro Icardi wants those three points over their rivals led by Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne when the match airs live on S+A on Dec. 27 at 3:20 a.m.

S+A and LIGA, sports channels of ABS-CBN Sports, were the country’s official broadcasters of the recent the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. S+A also airs selected matches and highlight shows from top European club football leagues such as the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and Italian Serie A through a partnership with Hong Kong-based holdings company Triple CH, as part of ABS-CBN Sports’ efforts to promote love and appreciation for the most popular sport in the world in the Philippines.

December looks to be full of fireworks on the pitch with S+A broadcasting some of the biggest fixtures for the month as the World Cup’s brightest stars, like England’s Harry Kane,  take center stage as well as Filipino pride Neil Etheridge. 

Catch all the big fixtures starting with the Cardiff-Wolverhampton match on Saturday (Dec. 1) live at S+A at 3:55 am. For sales and advertising inquiries, please contact ABS-CBN Airtime Sales at (+632) 415-2272.

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Topics: 2018 FIFA World Cup , Neil Etheridge , ABS-CBN S+A , Harry Kane , World Cup Golden Ball , Luka Modric
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