PSG vs Clermont Foot: How to watch Ligue 1 football online for free | TV channel, live broadcast, time

Paris Saint-Germain begin the defense of their Ligue 1 title with the trip to the Stade Gabriel-Montpied on Saturday to face Clermont in their first league match of the season.

Meanwhile, the hosts are gearing up for their second consecutive season of top-flight football after successfully avoiding relegation last season.

How to watch Paris Saint-Germain vs Clermont Foot (Ligue 1 2022)

Start time: Saturday’s game will start at 2:50 p.m. EST at Stade Gabriel-Montpied

TV channel: The match will be broadcast on beIN Sports nationwide in the United States.

Live streaming options: fuboTV (free trial) | be in sports | Sling | – If you have a cable subscription, you can use your TV provider’s login credentials to watch online via be in sports. If you don’t have cable, you can watch via Sling with their World Sports add-on package – or via fuboTVwhich includes beIN sports with their basic plan (and free trial).

Fubo TV offers new subscribers a seven-day free trial when they sign up. Sling does not offer a free trial but does offer 50% off your first month when you sign up.

More from the Associated Press:

ARIS (AP) — Claiming a European spot is tough when you lose your best players. Yet Rennes have achieved this feat over the past five seasons.

Rennes are aiming for a Champions League spot when their French league campaign kicks off on Sunday against Lorient.

“You have to be ambitious,” said Rennes sporting director Florian Maurice. “We finished fourth last season, we will try to do better this season.”

Rennes played some very entertaining football last season to earn a place in the Europa League, scoring 82 times in 38 league appearances. Bruno Genesio was named manager of the year. Sole champion, Paris Saint-Germain were more prolific with 90 goals.

But missing out on the rich Champions League by three points has left a bittersweet taste in the mouth of French billionaire Francois Pinault, Rennes’ majority shareholder since 1998.

“It was a great season with great footballing moments,” Pinault told local daily Ouest-France. “It would have been more beautiful with a second place.”

Pinault has high expectations as the club have improved in recent years. Rennes won a third Coupe de France in 2019, but the first trophy under Pinault ownership. Then third place in 2020 was the best league result in the club’s history.

Clever squad building has been the secret to this success. Rennes’ approach is almost the opposite of PSG’s. There is no real star in the team. Basically, Rennes is built around an underrated French core. Defenders Warmed Omari and Adrien Truffert, midfielders Flavien Tait, Baptiste Santamaria and Benjamin Bourigeaud, as well as forwards Martin Terrier and Gaetan Laborde are all regular starters. Yet none of them have been capped for France.

Last season, Terrier was third in the league with 21 goals, behind PSG striker Kylian Mbappé and Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder. Bourigeaud had a career season with 11 goals and 13 assists while Laborde himself was consistent with 15 goals and eight assists.

The few internationals present in Rennes are not big names and did not cost exorbitant fees: Senegalese goalkeeper Alfred Gomis, Malian right-back Hamari Traoré and Croatian midfielder Lovro Majer.

Often compared to a young Luka Modric, Majer was signed from Dinamo Zagreb last summer for a reported fee of €12m. Majer quickly proved to be a wise investment with six league goals and eight assists.

But as a downside to their top-notch development and scouting, Rennes inadvertently became a feeder club. Ousmane Dembele, Eduardo Camavinga and teenage prodigy Mathys Tel learned the trade at the conservatory in Rennes. They performed so well that they caught the attention of major European clubs.

Dembele joined Borussia Dortmund in 2016 for an initial fee of €15m. Camavinga was signed by Real Madrid in 2021 for a fee of €30m. Rennes couldn’t fend off Bayern Munich’s efforts to lure Tel and had to let him go last week for a reported fee of €20m which could rise to €28.5m.

The club has also made profits on players with an aggressive resale strategy. Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was brought in from Reims in 2019 before leaving for Chelsea a year later. Likewise, Brazilian winger Raphinha came from Sporting Lisbon in 2019 and agreed a deal with Leeds the following year. This summer, Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd left for West Ham after two seasons at Rennes.

Confident in their scouting, Rennes have bet on high-ceilinged youngsters by signing Belgian winger Jeremy Doku from Anderlecht in 2020 and Ghanaian winger Kamaldeen Sulemana from Danish club Nordsjaelland in 2021. didn’t pay off as their development was hampered by injuries last season. Doku is the most expensive signing in Rennes’ history with a reported transfer fee of €26m.

Despite Pinault’s ambitions, Rennes have been reasonable in their spending compared to the two French heavyweights, PSG and Marseille. Rennes recorded a cumulative net loss of 22.7 million euros from 2018 to 2021, according to annual reports from the DNCG (National Directorate of Management Control), the financial watchdog of French football. In contrast, PSG and Marseille made a combined net loss of over €320m and over €265m respectively from 2018 to 2021.

This summer, Rennes’ recruits were goalkeeper Steve Mandanda on a free transfer from Marseille, Welsh international Joe Rodon on loan from Tottenham and Belgian defender Arthur Theate from Bologna for 20 million euros.

Rennes sporting director Florian Maurice says he is still working on signing more. If there is a big offer for a player, the club should have a replacement ready. Traore and Bourigeaud have just one year left on their contracts while Terrier and Majer have been linked with several clubs.

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