American football may be the go-to sport for fans in the good old United States, but soccer is the worldwide champion in terms of popularity. Whether it’s the fast-paced action, the jaw-dropping athleticism, or the determined spirit of the players, there is never a lack of reasons to love the world’s football.
You can feed your soccer obsession by keeping up with the UEFA Champions League. But maybe your cable provider doesn’t show the games. How can you still get in on the action?
About the UEFA Champions League
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) organizes the Champions League, which replaced the European Cup back in 1992. The competition starts out with 32 teams from across Europe, divided into four groups of eight teams. The best two teams in each group advance, and the competition narrows until there is a grand champion.
Last year, the Spanish team Real Madrid took the crown, but a new champion is wide open this year. June 6 is the date of the final match, but between now and then, there will be plenty to keep fans entertained. Upcoming matches are bound to have breathtaking action, unforgettable plays, and everything else that makes soccer a great sport.
Where to Watch
There are a few television networks that show UEFA Champions League games, but you need a specific cable package to watch those games online. Sometimes you cannot access the games at all because of your computer’s IP address. Still, if you are in the right place, you may catch some of the games through:
- Foxsports.com/soccer. This network covers soccer all around the world, including not only the UEFA Champions League but other leagues as well, such as the Europa League. They even cover Rugby.
- ESPN Deportes. The content here is in Spanish, but they do show some of the games live.
- Fox Sports 1 and 2. Both networks give updates and videos related to UEFA.
In order to keep up with all the games, check out livesoccertv.com. It has a schedule of upcoming matches and lists places you can go to stream them live.
How to Change Your Virtual Location for the Best Viewing Experience
As previously mentioned, you may not be able to access some content because your computer’s IP address puts you in a certain country. For example, some networks may block streaming to the United States for certain matches. To navigate around this obstacle, follow these steps:
1) Install Hotspot Shield, and choose to upgrade to the Elite version to enjoy the ad-free experience with access to 9 virtual locations. You’ll be able to have Hotspot Shield on up to five devices, including your computer and your mobile gadgets that have Android or iOS operating systems.
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2) Open Hotspot Shield and change your virtual location. If you know that the match you want to watch is streaming live in the United Kingdom, for example, you can fool the website that provides the streaming into thinking that your device is in the UK.
3) Enjoy the game!
There are other perks that come with being able to change your virtual location. You’ll be able to watch Netflix shows that are available only in other countries. And of course, you’ll also have access to more sports than just soccer. There is really no end to the new forms of entertainment that will open up to you.
Upcoming Matches You Don’t Want to Miss
To whet your appetite for the Champions League, here is a list of some of the upcoming matches (all times are Eastern U.S. time):
- Tuesday, April 14, 2015:
- Atlético vs. Real Madrid at 8:45 pm CET
- Juventus vs. Monaco at 8:45 pm CET
- Wednesday, April 15, 2015:
- Paris vs. Barcelona at 8:45 pm CET
- Porto vs. Bayern 8:45 pm CET
- Tuesday, April 21, 2015:
- Barcelona vs. Paris at 8:45 pm CET
- Bayern vs. Porto at 8:45 pm CET
- Wednesday, April 22, 2015:
- Real Madrid vs. Atlético at 8:45 pm CET
- Monaco vs. Juventus at 8:45 pm CET
Ready to don your soccer jersey and scream your lungs out as you watch the guys go at it on the field? Be able to change your virtual location so you don’t miss a single play.