Telemundo Deportes Secures Rights to Air 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP PLAYOFF, 11/10
Telemundo Deportes, the Spanish-language home of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, secured the exclusive, Spanish-language broadcast rights of the first leg of the playoffs between Honduras and Australia. The matchup is part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup inter-confederation playoffs to determine the last qualification spots for Russia 2018. The game will simulcast live on Telemundo and Universo this Friday, November 10 begining at 4:30 p.m. ET, from the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.Andrés Cantor and Manuel Sol will call the crucial match alongside Ana Jurka who will be hosting a 30-minute pre-game show special. Copán Álvarez will be reporting from the field. The action will also stream live via the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com. "As the Spanish-language home of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it is an honor to continue following and delivering to our audience the story of the Honduran National team as they confront the next big challenge towards qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™," said Eli Velazquez, executive vice president of programming, production and content, Telemundo Deportes. "Honduras' ability to overcome real obstacles to this point has impressed many in the CONCACAF region and it will be interesting to see if they can continue to surprise the world in this next test." Following their epic win against Mexico in the final battle of the hexagonal last month, Honduras returns to the field to face the Socceroos in a two-legged playoff showdown for their final chance to make it to Russia next summer. In the first leg, Honduras hosts Australia, hoping to LEVERAGE the return of Eddie Hernandez after his injury and gain advantage in the score board prior to traveling to Australia for the second match. Telemundo Deportes, one of the leading providers of sports content in Spanish in the United States, is home to two of the world's most popular sporting events: the FIFA World Cup™ through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032. In addition, Telemundo Deportes broadcasts the FIFA World Cup™ CONCACAF qualifying matches for most of the region, including the Mexico and USA national teams' away matches, the Premier League, and every game of the Liga MX (the Mexican League) in which Pachuca plays at home. Telemundo Deportes is also home to "Boxeo Telemundo Ford," the #1 boxing program in Spanish, and "Titulares y Más," the #1 sports news, entertainment and commentary show in Spanish, among other recognized sports properties.