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Portuguese Football Federation launches in-house channel

The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has officially launched its new in-house television channel, 11.

The channel will be available via pay-television platform Meo, public-service broadcaster NOS and telecommunications company Vodafone. The channel will also be accessible online via channel11.pt.

The channel launch was marked by a special report featuring Cristiano Ronaldo. The channel will showcase men’s and women’s football, as well as futsal and beach football.

Next week, the channel will broadcast five matches from the opening weekend of the Liga Revelação U19 championship.

On August 16, 11 will also show the opening match of the Campeonato de Portugal season between União de Leiria and Beira-Mar, as well as other games from the third-tier competition.

FPF president Fernando Gomes said: “Channel 11 is not competitive. It wants to be seen but does not have audiences as its main objective. Channel 11 aims, like the national teams, to represent the federation and the country well.”

The channel will be led by Nuno Santos, a former executive at Portuguese public-service broadcaster RTP and pay-television channel SIC Notícias.