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2019 sports calendar and TV guide: what’s on in December?

Liverpool take on Flamengo in the Fifa Club World Cup final on Saturday

Liverpool will play in the Fifa Club World Cup final on Saturday 21 December after beating Monterrey 2-1 in Wednesday’s semi-final in Doha. 

The Champions League holders will face Brazilian side Flamengo in the final, which kicks off at 5.30pm (GMT) on Saturday and is live on BBC One. 

Al-Hilal, who lost 3-1 in their semi-final against Flamengo, will take on Monterrey in the third-fourth place match on Saturday at 2.30pm (GMT).

Fifa Club World Cup fixtures (all times GMT)

Third-fourth place match
  • Saturday 21 December: Monterrey vs. Al-Hilal (2.30pm, live on BBC Sport)
Final
  • Saturday 21 December: Liverpool vs. Flamengo (5.30pm, live on BBC One)

What else is on in December?

England’s cricket team are touring South Africa with the first Test in Centurion from 26-30 December (live on Sky Sports). 

Also this month the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is held in Abu Dhabi from 19-21 December. The event will feature world No.1 Rafael Nadal and world No.2 Novak Djokovic. 

Festive football 

Football is also on the menu with Premier League games taking place throughout Christmas and New Year. 

The action will be live on Sky Sports and BT Sport while Amazon Prime is showing a full Premier League fixture list on 26-27 December.

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December 2019 sporting events

2019 Fifa Club World Cup
  • When: 11-21 December 
  • Where: Qatar 
  • Teams: Liverpool, Flamengo, Al Hilal, Espérance Sportive de Tunis, Monterrey, Hienghène Sport and hosts Al-Sadd SC
  • How to watch: BBC Sport
England cricket tour of South Africa
  • When: 17 December 2019 to 16 February 2020 
  • 26-30 December: South Africa vs. England 1st Test (Centurion)
  • TV coverage: live on Sky Sports
Mubadala World Tennis Championship
  • What: 12th edition of the tennis event in Abu Dhabi 
  • When: 19-21 December 2019 
  • Where: Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, UAE 
  • Confirmed players: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova 
  • Website: mubadalawtc.com
South Africa vs. England 1st Test
  • When: 26-30 December  
  • Where: Supersport Park, Centurion 
  • Daily start time: 8am (GMT) 
  • TV coverage: live on Sky Sports 
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Christmas football fixtures

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Festive football fixtures: live TV coverage

Friday 20 December  Championship
  • Middlesbrough vs. Stoke City (7.45pm, Sky Sports Football)
Saturday 21 December  Premier League
  • Everton vs. Arsenal (12.30pm, BT Sport 1) 
  • Manchester City vs. Leicester City (5.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League)
Championship 
  • Cardiff City vs. Preston North End (12.30pm, Sky Sports Football)
Sunday 22 December  Premier League 
  • Watford vs. Manchester United (2pm, Sky Sports Premier League)
  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea (4.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League)
Championship
  • Sheffield Wednesday vs. Bristol City (12pm, Sky Sports Football)
Monday 23 December  Championship
  • Blackburn Rovers vs. Wigan Athletic (7.45pm, Sky Sports Football)
Thursday 26 December  Premier League 
  • Tottenham vs. Brighton (12.30pm, Amazon Prime)  
  • Bournemouth vs. Arsenal (3pm, Amazon Prime)  
  • Aston Villa vs. Norwich (3pm, Amazon Prime)  
  • Chelsea vs. Southampton (3pm, Amazon Prime)   
  • Crystal Palace vs. West Ham (3pm, Amazon Prime) 
  • Everton vs. Burnley (3pm, Amazon Prime)   
  • Sheffield United vs. Watford (3pm, Amazon Prime)  
  • Manchester United vs. Newcastle (5.30pm Amazon Prime)  
  • Leicester City vs. Liverpool (8pm, Amazon Prime) 
Scottish Premiership
  • Hearts vs. Hibernian (12.30pm, Sky Sports Football) 
  • St Mirren vs. Celtic (2.30pm, BT Sport 1)
Championship
  • Brentford vs. Swansea City (3pm, Sky Sports Football)  
  • Leeds United vs. Preston North End (5.15pm, Sky Sports Football)  
  • Reading vs. Queens Park Rangers (7.30pm, Sky Sports Football)
Friday 27 December  Premier League 
  • Wolves vs. Manchester City (7.45pm, Amazon Prime)
Saturday 28 December  Premier League 
  • Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Bournemouth (12.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League) 
  • Norwich City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (5.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League) 
  • Burnley vs. Manchester United (7.45pm, BT Sport 1)
Sunday 29 December Premier League 
  • Arsenal vs. Chelsea (2pm, Sky Sports Premier League) 
  • Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (4.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League)
Scottish Premiership
  • Celtic vs. Rangers (12.30pm, Sky Sports Football) 
Monday 30 December  Championship
  • Derby County vs. Charlton Athletic (7.45pm, Sky Sports Football)

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