From Hashtag United to El Clasico! Youtube star Spencer Owen unveiled as presenter for Barcelona v Real Madrid by new boys Eleven Sports
- Youtube star Spencer Owen will front Eleven Sports’ El Clasico coverage
- The streaming service is the sole live UK rights holder for the La Liga clash
- Owen is the creator of Youtube channel Spencer FC and team Hashtag United
- Ex-Spain player Gaizka Mendieta and journalist Graham Hunter will join Owen
YouTube star Spencer Owen will front Eleven Sports’ live coverage of Sunday’s El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Owen will be joined by former Valencia, Barcelona and Middlesbrough midfielder Gaizka Mendieta in a move that sees the streaming sports channel bring a live studio programme and analysis to its coverage of La Liga.
Eleven Sports is also offering viewers Spanish commentary as an alternative to its standard output while Spain-based football journalist Graham Hunter will join the coverage.
Youtube star Spencer Owen (left) will front up Eleven Sports’ El Clasico coverage
Owen is the creator of Youtube channel Spencer FC and football team Hashtag United
He discussed his excitement at the announcement in a video on Eleven Sports’ social media
Hashtag United currently play in the Eastern Counties League Division One South
Stevie Rowe, Eleven Sports’ editor in chief, said: ‘We are seeing fantastic levels of positive engagement around our live football and we are excited to build on this with online sensation Spencer Owen leading our El Clasico studio show.
‘This match is one of the biggest fixtures in the global football calendar and our innovative approach means we are shaking up how live sport is presented with fresh ideas that haven’t been tried before.’
Owen is the creator of YouTube channel Spencer FC, which has close to two million subscribers, and formed the football club Hashtag United.
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Barcelona face Real Madrid at the Nou Camp in Sunday’s keenly anticipated EL Clasico
Sergio Ramos (left) pulls rival Sergio Busquets (right) up from the floor in a Clasico game
His appointment highlights the continuing rise to prominence of YouTubers.
Another, Joe Suggs, is a contestant in the current series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Owen said: ‘As a huge football fan, I’ve always dreamed of presenting a big match like El Clasico and I am buzzing to be part of Eleven Sports’ exclusive coverage for such a blockbuster of a game.’
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