Fanatiz is a streaming service that allows competitively-priced access to BeIN Sports and other sports action. At $7.99 a month, it’s a great complement to any streaming package you’re trying to put together, especially if you’re trying to access La Liga.
Here’s everything you need to know about Fanatiz and how to watch soccer from Spain’s top league and beyond.
What is Fanatiz?
Price, features, channels
- Cost: $7.99 per month or $79 annually
- Fanatiz devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices
Fanatiz is strictly a sports channel, featuring the programming on BeIn Sports, Gol TV, and TyC Sports, giving access to competitions like the CAF Confederations Cup, the Copa Libertadores, the Copa Sudamericana, and the Copa del Rey. For those who want to try it out, or have one special match to catch, there’s a Daily Pass option for $4.99 allowing a 24-hour period of access.
Watch soccer on Fanatiz: La Liga and more
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla are among the top draws in Spain’s top league, and the twice-a-season El Clasico between Barca and Real is one of the highest-drawing matches in all of soccer whenever it occurs. If you want to see stars in action, starting with Barcelona’s formidable front line of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Antoine Griezmann, BeIN Sports is your destination. The network carries La Liga exclusively in the U.S. and reserves the legendary broadcast team of Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson for its biggest matches.
Though most casual soccer fans know Ligue 1 as the home of perennial Champions League entrants PSG, it offers highly-entertaining soccer with some well-put-together rosters. In recent years, AS Monaco, Nice, and Lille have fielded Champions League teams, while Olympique de Marseilles remains strong and appears on a trajectory to make Europe’s big stage in 2020. If you’re looking to see Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Dario Benedetto, Renato Sanches, and American rising star Timothy Weah in action, Ligue 1 has you covered.
Turkish Super Lig
There are some surprises at the top of the standings this year in Turkey’s top league. Typically, BeIN’s coverage of this league—with some of the most demonstrative, passionate fans in the world—gravitate around Istanbul’s trio of top teams. Galatasaray is perhaps the most recognizable name and tends to go more international in its acquisitions; it’s most recent big-splash signing was Colombian legend Radamel Falcao. Fenerbahce is considered the more “working-class” alternative to “high-falutin'” Galatasaray; it currently features Max Kruse and Victor Moses in key roles. Besiktas’s roster includes recent American one-time switch Tyler Boyd.
The crown jewel of Buenos Aires-based TyC Sports is Argentina’s top-tier league. The Superliga includes River Plate and Boca Juniors, the implacable Buenos Aires-based rivals who face off in one of the world’s highest-profile derbies. While the top Argentine players in the world typically graduate to the best leagues in Europe, and while some are finding their way to MLS, many begin their careers with one of the top-tier teams in the Superliga. The current U-23 roster includes players from Superliga teams like Newell’s Old Boys, Godoy Cruz, and Estudiantes.
This is essentially the South American version of the Champions League. This tournament involving the top club teams in South America runs nearly the full calendar year, and has produced some memorable finals of late. In 2019, it was up-and-coming star Gabigol bringing Flamengo back to victory with two extremely late goals (and a red card at the death) over 2018 victors River Plate. The 2018 edition put the fierce River-Boca Juniors rivalry on the global stage. Fan violence (against players!) was so pronounced that the second leg of the final had to be moved to Madrid—ironic since the tournament is named for those who liberated the continent from Spanish and Portuguese rule. The 2018 debacle led organizers to change the final from a two-leg home-and-home format to a single-match, neutral-site, winner-take-all affair.
New additions: March 2020
Even though the coronavirus pandemic has put the brakes on Fanatiz’s coverage of leagues and competitions, it’s put up content that fans can access to tide them over until things get back to normal and soccer returns.
Boca Juniors documentary
Fanatiz has added a documentary on the legendary Buenos Aires club that has featured the likes of Diego Maradona, Carlos Tevez, and Juan Roman Riquelme through its history. It’s in 3D, promising to put viewers in the midst of the action … perhaps making them feel like they’re in La Bombonera and registering a deep dislike for anyone in red and white. Check out the trailer below.
Classic Real Madrid matches
For Los Blancos fans, this is a chance to catch up on some history of one of the planet’s most popular teams. Real Madrid TV is only available to stream in the U.S. via Fanatiz, so it’s already a must for their fans, but now, they can relive great moments from past Champions League matches and El Clasicos.
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