In good news for Indian football fans, the official broadcasters of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Star Sports, have announced that they would telecast all of India’s matches in English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, and Malayalam to ensure fans get an opportunity to cheer for their team in their preferred language. This will be the first time Team India’s participation in a major international tournament will be telecast in six languages.
Keeping fans at the heart of the experience, Star Sports’ broadcast of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup – UAE will include an immersive, 360-degree coverage of the Blue Tigers. The broadcast offers fans the best of football action on and off the field, extensive commentary from football experts across languages and special programming for the Blue Pilgrims.
Star Sports broadcast of 2019 AFC Asian Cup – UAE will include previews, reviews and extensive analysis of all the games played throughout the tournament. These insights will be shared by some of the best football experts in the world, both from the venue as well as from specially designed in-house studios for the tournament.
Legendary football commentator John Helm will be accompanied by Paul Masefield for commentary from the venue. These experts will be joined by India’s 2011 AFC Asian Cup squad members Renedy Singh and Mehrajuddin Wadoo as they share their expert opinions during the English broadcast from the in-house studios.
The first ever broadcast of a major football tournament involving India in six languages will also include a host of language experts lending their voice for the broadcast involving all India games. Raman Vijayan in Tamil, Jo Paul Ancheri in Malayalam, and Debjit Ghosh & Rajat Ghosh Dastidar in Bengali along with N.S. Manju in Kannada who represented India in 2011 AFC Asian Cup will be a part of the Star Sports broadcast plans for 2019 AFC Asian Cup – UAE.
India have been drawn in Group A alongside Thailand (January 6), hosts United Arab Emirates (January 10) and Bahrain (January 14).
Star Sports will telecast all the games from the tournament LIVE on Star Sports 3, with LIVE telecast of India games in six languages across the Star Sports network and Hotstar.