18 March 2008
S4C has won exclusive live coverage of Wales’ important football friendlies against Luxembourg and Iceland in the run up to the national team’s forthcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.
S4C will broadcast Luxembourg v Wales in full from the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg City on Wednesday, 26 March at 7.00pm in a special edition of Y Clwb Pêl-droed Rhyngwladol.
In addition to full coverage of the Luxembourg match, S4C will also broadcast exclusive highlights of the Wales Under 21 match against Bosnia Herzegovina, a game crucial to the team’s progress in the UEFA European U21 championships 2007/2009. Viewers can see these highlights directly after the live coverage of Luxembourg v Wales.
S4C will broadcast the Iceland v Wales match live at the end of May.
Luxembourg v Wales is the first match to be produced by Rondo Media Ltd - a merger between TV companies Nant and Opus TF. Rondo Media won the contract to deliver Welsh international football, Welsh Premier League and Welsh Cup content for S4C following an open tendering process.
Geraint Rowlands, S4C Content Editor Sport, said, “After a fantastic result against Norway, Cardiff City’s success in the English FA Cup and a great season for Swansea, there’s a lot of interest in Welsh football at the moment. By showing the Luxembourg and Iceland friendlies – as well as the other exclusive matches and highlights - S4C once again demonstrates its commitment to Welsh football.
“It’s an exciting time as John Toshack builds strong foundations to the team’s 2010 World Cup campaign and as the Under 21 team try to reach the finals of the European U21 championships. These games will be a natural and important extension to our international football provision and our sports portfolio.”