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Why is the usual La Liga schedule on hold this week? It’s all because of the Supercopa de España finals on Sunday, which is a Madrid Derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
The catch, though, is that it’s in Saudi Arabia instead of the Spanish capital. You’ll want to go to a streaming service with ESPN Deportes (rather than BeIN Sports) to catch it.
Not so long ago, the Supercopa de España was an annual head-to-head between two of Spain’s top teams to kick off the season. It’s now morphed into a midseason four-team tournament hosted in Saudi Arabia. Real Madrid advanced on Wednesday by dispatching Valencia, whereas Atleti came from behind to beat Barcelona, despite a goal from Atleti-turned-Barca striker Antoine Griezmann.
Here’s everything you need to know to live stream Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid, including what to watch for on the pitch.
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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid
- When: Sunday, Jan. 12 at 1pm ET
- Where: King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- Streaming: ESPN Deportes, ESPN+
Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid live stream: How to watch Supercopa de España matches
The match is on ESPN Deportes and ESPN+, providing an easy way to stream Supercopa de España matches.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $30-$45 per month ($10 off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $30 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN (where many Premier League matches appear), NFL Network, and local channels. Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; see if yours has it here. Sling Blue also brings Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Headline News as part of its regular slate of channels, with Fox Business Channel available for those who get the Sling Blue News Extra add-on.
If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month.
Other features include a Free Cloud DVR tier for all subscribers (allowing 10 hours of recording a month), the ability to record all live linear channels, and no VOD preemption on any channels. New subscribers get $10 off the first month.
To add beIN SPORTS and ESPN Deportes and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Best of Spanish + Sling Orange for $35 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
2) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $50-$135 per month
- AT&T TV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers, especially for those who happen to be soccer fans. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC as well as NBCSN for Premier League action, Fox as well as FS1 and FS2 for MLS, Bundesliga, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, and even Liga MX offerings, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of soccer and other sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. The $5 Deportes add-on gives access to ESPN Deportes, TUDN, Fox Deportes, Gol TV, and TyC Sports for even more soccer. And if you need to record any action to watch later, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
- Cost: $14.99-24.99 or $39.99-$49.99 per month
- Vidgo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports, for sports fans. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.
College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.
If you just want your Vidgo en Español, it features programming from throughout the Americas and even Spain in two skinny packages. Both the Latino Streaming Plan ($14.99 per month) and Latino Mas Streaming Plan ($24.99 per month) include BeIN’s main Spanish-language channel, TyC Sports, and Azteca America, while the higher tier adds DAZN.
Also, through its Vidgo app, it’s offering the option of Social TV, which allows Vidgo users to connect in real-time as they’re watching programming on their phones.
- Cost: $4.99 per month or $49.99 for 12 months (after 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku players and TV, Oculus Go, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Samsung smart TVs, and iOS and Android devices
ESPN+ is a subscription service that extends ESPN’s existing website and app, and it’s essential for soccer fans in particular, carrying Serie A+, MLS, USL, and FA Cup matches. It encompasses other sporting events as well, including 20 exclusive UFC Fight Night events per year, 180 NHL games, at least one MLB game a day for every day of the season, and a cornucopia of college sports.
ESPN+ also features the network’s sports talk programming, and it features original series starting with the entire 30 for 30 catalog ESPN made its name on. It also unlocks more content and fewer ads on the ESPN site.
Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: What to watch for
Both teams are trying to catch Barcelona in the La Liga race, and while there’s a trophy to be won at the end of this match, it’s not what the teams are looking for. Both teams are also still in the hunt for a Champions League trophy, though Real has to get past Manchester City and Atleti has to defeat Liverpool in what promises to be two great Premier League vs. La Liga showdowns.
Real got to the final, as expected, beating Valencia 3-1. It was, in fact, only a stoppage-time penalty kick that allowed Valencia to get on the board at all. Los Blancos got goals from Isco and Luka Modric to seal the match. But the corner-kick Olimpico from Toni Kroos that opened the scoring was the talk of the match. (Aside from, of course, the sweet new mint green third kits Real Madrid broke out.)
Atletico Madrid got on the board first in its semifinal match with Barcelona via a Koke goal. Then, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann pulled Barca into the lead. But good goalkeeping from Jan Oblak and some harsh VAR decisions kept Atleti in it. Alvaro Morata pulled Atleti level from the spot with less than 10 minutes to go in regulation, and Angel Correa finished off Barca with the 86th-minute winner.
Here are the highlights (from Barcelona’s unhappy perspective):
While there was a good chance that Sunday’s final was going to turn out to be a displaced El Clasico, some Spanish soccer fans actually prefer the Madrid Derby. In lieu of the usual La Liga action, it’s worth a look.
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Phil West is a sports reporter and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.