July 19, 2024

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Matt Spiro taking Ligue 1 Uber Eats to the World

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Matt Spiro taking Ligue 1 Uber Eats to the World

Can you introduce on your own and inform us about the robust bond you have with Ligue 1 Uber Eats? Has your perspective of this championship developed about the many years?
“I am an Englishman who fell in like with French soccer all through my London youth in the 90s, notably by way of Arsène Wenger’s fantastic Arsenal. In 2002, I experienced the prospect to occur and perform in Paris, at Eurosport. I was quickly impressed by the French league and I speedily specialised in it. In 2003-04, I experienced the fantastic satisfaction of masking AS Monaco’s journey to the closing of the Champions League.
These days, Ligue 1 clubs rely extra than at any time on teaching. I see this development as anything very favourable. No other championship unearths as many young skills as Ligue 1 does. For me as a commentator, it truly is a delight to come throughout a new expertise practically each weekend!”

What assignments are you at present co-ordinating?
As the man or woman in charge of the intercontinental distribution of Ligue 1, I regulate the delivery of our weekly journal the “Ligue 1 Demonstrate” each Thursday, the “Ligue 1 Highlights” software on Sunday night time, and I also have a group of knowledgeable and dedicated commentators who commentate 6 matches in English for the global broadcasters just about every weekend. For the past 3 several years, we have also been providing a unique every month program called “Conversing Expertise”, which is a major interview with a main Ligue 1 Uber Eats player.

Almost 100 million viewers for the Ligue 1 publications all through the very first fifty percent of the time

What is the Ligue 1 Exhibit?
“The Ligue 1 Present is a 26-moment weekly programme that previews each and every Ligue 1 Uber Eats round, its golf equipment and its skills. In the building of this programme, we make sure it truly is of the greatest top quality (in phrases of illustrations or photos and content material) mainly because it is Ligue 1’s showcase abroad. It is shipped to our quite a few worldwide broadcasters (about 60 channels throughout the world) each Thursday.”

How does the output of an episode continue? How do you pick out a subject matter?
“As presenter and editor-in-main of the clearly show, my weeks are powerful. The presentation sets are shot both in the studio or on spot – at a club/city – which will allow us to emphasize the lifestyle of Ligue 1 and France to our international viewers. In each individual program, we strategy an job interview with a player, a report within a club, and the portrait of a youthful expertise. We preview the big matches and the most important troubles of the future round, and we also have recurring options these as “Staff of the Week” and “Objectives of the 7 days”.

“We choose the subject areas primarily based mostly on the news. Of class, we highlight the players and teams that are in variety. We also have to acquire into account the sights of admirers overseas. What material will excite the enthusiast in China or Argentina? Of course, they are mainly fascinated in the players and groups that are profitable, but there is also a sturdy desire in the incredibly wealthy historical past of French football. In France, all followers know that Nantes was revolutionary in its “Jeu à la Nantaise”, that Lyon dominated the championship in the 2000s, or that Kopa and Fontaine played for Stade de Reims. This is not necessarily the situation elsewhere in the planet we consequently deal with the whole of French soccer, whilst placing a sturdy emphasis on current affairs in our system.”

You have been presenting this clearly show for nearly ten many years – you should have some intriguing anecdotes to explain to us.
Many thanks to the Ligue 1 Present, I’ve had the opportunity to journey all more than France… and I failed to only pay a visit to the stadiums! When I current a present in a metropolis, I check out to share a highest of encounters related to tradition with our viewers. I was ready to conduct a lengthy interview with the previous president of Bordeaux, Jean-Louis Triaud, in the vineyards. All through a excursion to Dijon, I tasted snails from Burgundy and frequented a mustard manufacturing unit… The Christmas market place in Strasbourg, the bouchons from Lyon, the galettes-saucisses from Rennes… all these community specialities had been highlighted in the Ligue 1 Demonstrate.
As considerably as anecdotes go, I was in Russia all through the Earth Cup in 2018. A Peruvian journalist recognised me and introduced himself. He was a lover of the Ligue 1 Demonstrate and defined to me that he had develop into a fervent supporter of EA Guingamp after looking at the episode shot in the Breton metropolis. He stated to me that he utilised to meet with his pals in Lima to watch Guingamp’s matches! At the time I found it challenging to believe that… Then I considered to myself that there actually are some great stories to be relished in French football!

What additional worth does this program carry to the Ligue 1 Uber Eats golf equipment? How are they promoted on the demonstrate?
Our objective is to advertise Ligue 1 as a result of all its clubs. Also, the gamers are normally quite pleased with the interviews we have with them mainly because they love talking about football. Highlighting the abilities who enjoy in Ligue 1 and the function carried out within the clubs – be it in terms of recruitment, coaching or teaching – offers a lot more benefit to the golf equipment, to the championship and to the intercontinental media protection. It is really a get-gain scenario. We also highlight the wonderful environment in Ligue 1 stadiums, which is much more hanging and beautiful than in some other leagues.  

‘If a club grants us an interview, it will be sent to extra than 60 main channels in 219 territories’

Can you explain to us additional about the Ligue 1 Uber Eats multiplex that was not long ago launched?
“It can be a extremely fascinating novelty! We are the initially league in the planet to have distributed a ‘multiplex’ broadcast, possessing carried out so for Round 38 previous period. With suspense at all concentrations – whether it was the title race, the fight for the European sites or leading-flight survival – we shared an extraordinary and emotional evening with our viewers about the world. We recurring the practical experience this time in Round 19, and once yet again it was a unforgettable minute with twists and turns through the evening, right up to Marseille’s 98th-minute penalty! It is an function that viewers want to working experience routinely!”

The podcast “Le Beau Jeu” was introduced virtually three many years in the past. Can you explain to us additional about this concept?
“Presently, followers of Ligue 1 you should not normally have time to observe all the matches on the weekend. This podcast, which will come out each Monday, offers the worldwide viewers the opportunity to continue to be up to date on the league’s information in the course of their work out session or their commute to get the job done. It is a incredibly peaceful, mild-hearted dialogue that also offers a good deal of facts, as the journalists who take part are typically the commentators for the weekend’s video games.”

Podcast link: The Official Ligue 1 Podcast – Le Beau Jeu sur Apple Podcasts

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