The new home of European football launches on 12 August with the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla, expected to feature Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The game is the first live match on Sky Sports 5, which will offer up to 600 live European football matches next season and is available to Sky Sports customers at no extra cost as part of their sports packages.
As a further bonus they can also get two years’ free Sky Broadband Unlimited.
Viewers will be able to follow many of the stars and teams from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including World Cup winners Germany in European Qualifiers for the UEFA EURO 2016 Finals in France starting with their first competitive fixture against Scotland on Sunday 7 September.
The opening five weeks will offer 24 European Qualifiers, 18 UEFA Champions League fixtures, weekend triple-headers from La Liga and up to three games a week from Holland’s top division, Eredivisie, including regular live coverage of Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and FC Twente.
Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: “We promised the ultimate European football channel and this opening schedule shows we’re delivering from day one. Only on Sky Sports 5 can viewers enjoy Messi, Bale and Ronaldo week in, week out in some of the best European competitions.
“We’ll tell the complete story from the European Qualifiers campaign, offer 129 UEFA Champions League matches and so much more, including weekly live coverage of the biggest teams and players in Spanish and Dutch football. There’s no better place for fans of European football.”
As well as live European football on Sky Sports 5, viewers of all seven Sky Sports channels will enjoy an unrivalled breadth of live sport including England v India cricket Fifth Test, Barclays Premier League football, Top-14 and Rugby Championship, every F1 Grand Prix, PGA Tour Championship golf, and ATP World Tour tennis from the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Sky Sports customers can enjoy all this on TV, online and via mobile and tablet devices with Sky Go. Sky Sports 5 will also be available on NOW TV via the Sky Sports Day Pass on TV and a range of devices, which offers sports fans pay-as-you-go access to the best live action from all Sky Sports channels for 24 hours for £9.99.
Sky Sports 5 is free of charge to both new and existing Sky Sports subscribers who activate the channel by visiting sky.com/skysports5, on the red button or by calling Sky.