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The Huuhkajat, or Eagle-owls, secured a place in the European Championship final in November 2019.

Image: Tomi Hänninen / Yle


Yle was granted the rights to broadcast Finnish international men’s football matches from 2022 to 2028.

The agreement was signed with UEFA, the governing body of European football, and includes the Huuhkajat‘s (or’ eagle owls’) qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup and the 2024 and 2028 European Championships, as well as Nations League matches and friendly matches.

Yle also secured the rights to the finals of the European Men’s Championship tournaments in 2024 and 2028.

“As a public service company, it is important for us to be able to offer our citizens shared moments and great experiences. Now we have ensured that the Finns are offered these moments until 2028, when Yle will broadcast not only eagle owls’ but also three Olympic Games and five championship football finals, “said CEO of Yle Merja Ylä-Anttila noted.

The matches of the Finnish national men’s team had previously been broadcast by Yle until 2017, when the rights to broadcast the competitive matches were bought by the satellite and pay-TV company Viasat.

“We are very happy that our cooperation with Yle is continuing. Yle is the long-term partner of Uefa with extensive experience in broadcasting football matches,” said Uefa’s marketing director. Guy-Laurent Epstein commented.

Yle also secured the rights to next year’s European Championship, which has been postponed from this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the European Women’s Football Championship, which has also been postponed from one year – to 2022.

Additionally, the 2022 Men’s World Cup finals will be broadcast on Yle.

“I am very happy that with this important acquisition we will be able to provide the owls with a long-term home and continue our great tradition in the sport, the popularity of which in Finland continues to grow,” said the head of rights and partnerships. sportsmen of Yle. Riku saaranluoma noted. “The cornerstone of the deal is our partner UEFA’s appreciation of Yle’s ability to grow Finnish tournaments for both men’s and women’s football.”


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