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LiveScore secured a breakthrough deal to broadcast the Champions League in Ireland

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Chelsea will hope to follow up their Champions League success (Nick Potts/PA)

Chelsea will hope to follow up their Champions League success (Nick Potts/PA)

Chelsea will hope to follow up their Champions League success (Nick Potts/PA)

The Champions League group stages are about to get underway and Irish viewers are in for a treat as they are about to be offered a chance to watch all 137 games live and for free on your phone or mobile device with the the LiveScore app.

Throughout the term of the three-year deal, commencing at the start of the 2021/22 UCL season, LiveScore will be the exclusive Irish free-to-air broadcaster of 104 UCL fixtures per season in Ireland.

The remaining 33 ties, including the UEFA Champions League Final, will also be live-streamed on a non-exclusive basis, with RTE and Virgin Media retaining some broadcasting rights for the competition.

All matches will be available for free and there will also be an option to broadcast the action to your TV screens, with Irish commentator Conor McNamara set to lead their coverage.

Speaking exclusively to sundayworld.com, McNamara the arrival of a streaming service in the Irish sports broadcasting market player is a sign of things to come, as he backed LiveScore to be a success with their Champions League offering.

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Conor McNamara

Conor McNamara

Conor McNamara

"So much of our lives is moving away from watching TV on one platform and people are far more comfortable with the idea of watching sport in different ways," Limerick-born McNamara told us.

"Initially, watching games on our phones or tablets was a strange concept for people to get used to, but that idea has long gone now.

"I watched the All-Ireland final at the weekend on my phone and as someone who has worked in broadcasting for a long time, I'm glad that the technology is there for this to happen.

"Irish fans will get a chance to watch every Champions League game for free this season and that idea was impossible to imagine a few years ago. I can imagine people will be flicking between games and hopefully we do a good job with our coverage on LiveScore.

"I have been working on the Champions League for every season since the 1999/2000 with TV3, Virgin Media and the BBC in the UK, so I have been very lucky to be part of this amazing competition.

"Some of the best moments I've commentated on were in the Champions League, with Lucas Moura's goal in the semi-final for Tottenham a couple of years back was incredible. Then I look back on an incredible free-kick by Lionel Messi in the same season against Liverpool and there are just so many magical moments this competition throws up.

"Now we have so much more to look forward to this season as the fans are back and they make such a big difference on Champions League nights."

McNamara believes the English teams are the class of the field once again after Chelsea and Manchester City contested last season's Champions League final, with holders Chelsea catching Conor's eye.

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"Premier League teams look great," he added. "Chelsea are the one team that could lose their three best players and still come out okay, so they have to be a threat to win it again.

"Manchester United will be interesting to watch with Cristiano Ronaldo coming in and I was at Old Trafford on Saturday to see what was an incredible homecoming.

"Manchester City will be knocking on the door again and Liverpool still have a team that will be a threat if they can keep everyone fit.

"Then we have Paris Saint-Germain in the mix. They got to a final a couple of years back without Lionel Messi, so he doesn't weaken them with his arrival! They will be a team to watch.

"It will be another fantastic Champions League season and I can't wait to be part of it all with LiveScore."

LiveScore will offer coverage of 137 matches in the UEFA Champions League free-to-air on the LiveScore app in Ireland. Watch the games HERE every week.

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