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Sky Sports has unveiled its first batch of live football games to air on its new channel, Sky Sports 5.

Up to 75 live matches from five European competitions will be broadcast on Sky Sports 5 during its first five weeks on air.

The channel will go live on August 12, and will be the home of European football. The first game to be broadcast will be the UEFA Super Cup clash between Real Madrid and Sevilla, which is expected to feature Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Other top fixtures include the European Qualifiers for EUFA Euro 2016.

It'll be a busy opening few weeks. Sky Sports 5 will show 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.

"We promised the ultimate European football channel and this opening schedule shows we're delivering from day one," Barney Francis, Sky Sports managing director, said in a statement.

"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 EUFA 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."

Sky Sports 5 will be free to Sky Sports subscribers. It will also be available on mobiles and tablets via Sky Go, as well Sky's Now TV service.

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