Star Sports, ESPN HD to broadcast prime time El Clasico

Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, Mar 1 (IANS) In a first, Star Sports and ESPN HD will telecast the highly anticipated 'El Clasico' between La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona live during prime-time on Saturday.

Traditionally telecast in the wee-hours of the morning, this weekend's El Clasico is scheduled at 8.30 pm, targeting La Liga fans in Asia.

Fans can look forward to a 30 minute studio preview hosted by Andy Penders with former Liverpool midfielder and England international Steve McMahon and Spanish football expert Antonio Codinach. Former Real Mallorca and Tottenham Hotspur striker Gerry Armstrong will be commentating in the match.

This weekend's El Clasico marks the 165th time the title contenders Barcelona and Real Madrid face each other. The pair first met in 1929 when Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 and ever since Real Madrid has narrowly taken the upper hand with 50 victories over Barcelona's 47.

Saturday night's match will have the most talented footballers in the world, including FIFA Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, coupled with the majority of Spain's FIFA World Cup winners.