ESPN Starts Countdown To 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament This Week

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Courtesy: ESPN

The countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins this week.

ESPN will mark one hundred days to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tuesday, March 4th with three days of special programming beginning Monday, March 3rd.  There will also be extensive digital content on ESPNFC.com and coverage of seven FIFA matches among much more coverage throughout the week.

ESPNFC.com kicks off the special three-day event with an in-depth three-day content initiative that focuses on this year’s tournament in Brazil.  That initiative includes digital video, stories, and much more.  Among the highlights from ESPNFC.com are:

  • “American Underdogs” – Part I: This is the first of Roger Bennett’s four-part series focusing on the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 World Cup.  It examines specifically the buildup to that year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in the United States.
  • World Cup injuries report Who’s in, who’s out?: As the buildup to this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament builds, John Brewin gives a report on all of the key injuries from the teams taking part in the tournament.
  • How does a country win a World Cup?: Gabrielle Marcotti investigates what it takes to be the FIFA World Cup champion.
  • Battling the elements: Teams will face not only each other in the FIFA World Cup tournament, but also Mother Nature.  Brazilian-based journalist Eduardo Alvarez gives an in-depth look at the impact of the weather on the tournament.

ESPN2 and WatchESPN will continue the ESPN family of networks’ special three-day coverage of the 0214 FIFA World Cup tournament on Tuesday with a special one-hour edition of ESPN FC on TV.  The special broadcast will include previews and discussions of this year’s World Cup tournament as well as the launch of “American Underdogs,” which focuses on the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 FIFA World Cup tournament.

Tuesday’s hour-long ESPN FC on TV broadcast will air on ESPN and WatchESPN at 5pm ET.  It will be hosted by Dan Thomas and former U.S. Men’s National Team players Kasey Keller and Alexi Lalas.  They will be joined by analyst Alejandro Moreno, a former Venezuelan National Team player, live from Atlanta.  Moreno will call matchup of Mexico and Nigeria Wednesday, March 5th on ESPNEWS and WatchESPN.  That game can also be viewed online via WatchESPN.  It will air at 8:30pm ET.

Tuesday’s broadcast of ESPN FC on TV will include:

  • The top 10 on-the-field questions leading into the World Cup.
  • “American Underdogs – Part III: Alexi Lalas played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup tournament.  He will personally discuss the legacy of that year’s tournament.
  • A preview of Wednesday’s matchups, featuring key 2014 World Cup Teams – the only FIFA approved match date before the tournament.
  • Analysis from ESPN FC’s European football experts Gabrielle Marcotti and Raphael Honigstein on the tournament’s top European teams.
  • A “100th Day Out” countdown graphic that will appear on-screen throughout the course of the progam.  It will also be featured on programming across the ESPN family of networks.

The ESPN family of networks wind-down their special three-day coverage marking the countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament on Wednesday with seven international matches.  That coverage includes the last official FIFA match date before the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.  The schedule for those games is listed below.

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network(s)
Wed, March 5 1:30 p.m. Ukraine vs. USA ESPN2 / WatchESPN
2 p.m. Romania vs. Argentina ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
2:45 p.m. Germany vs. Chile ESPN3
3 p.m. France vs. Netherlands ESPN3
3:45 p.m. Portugal vs. Cameroon ESPN3
4 p.m. Spain vs. Italy ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
8:30 p.m. Mexico vs. Nigeria ESPNEWS / WatchESPN

 

The ESPN family of networks will offer much more content and coverage beginning today, March 3rd on the 100-day countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament.  More information on this week’s special three-day event is available online at http://www.espnfc.com and http://www.facebook.com/ESPNFC.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Family Of Networks Offering Extensive FIFA WOrld Cup Qualifying Coverage

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN and the ESPN family of networks are offering extensive coverage of the annual FIFA World Cup qualifying matches this weekend.  They will feature a total of thirty-nine qualifying matches beginning with a broadcast of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) taking on the Jamaican National Team Friday October 11th at 6pm ET on ESPN/WatchESPN.  The USMNT qualified for Brazil 2014 after its victory over Mexico in its last qualifying match in September.  The team will look to make its lineup for June more concrete when it faces Jamaica tomorrow night.  Ian Darke, Taylor Twellman, and reporter Jeremy Schaap will have all the action from Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS.

Despite its loss to the USMNT in September, Mexico has a chance to redeem itself in a must-win situation when it faces Panama at 9:15pm ET on ESPNEWS/WatchESPN.  The match will mean even more for Mexico as Mexico will host Panama on its own soil.  Commentator Fernando Paloma and analyst Alejandro Moreno will have the call live from Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.  Reporter John Sutcliffe will have more from the sidelines.

Over on ESPN2, audiences will get whiparound coverage on ESPN FC FIFA World Cup Whiparound from 2:30 – 5pm ET on Tuesday, October 15th.  Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman will serve as hosts of the show, which will broadcast live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida.  Healey and Twellman will take audiences through the major on-field highlights and of key games.  They will also a number of live look-ins of on-the-field action at various games.

By the end of the day on Tuesday, October 15th, a total of eleven countries will have earned berths in the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.  Another of those teams is Germany.  Germany was a semifinalist in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  It will take on Ireland live October 11th at 2:30pm ET on ESPN2.  Also to be featured Friday will be Belgium, Switzerland, and Russia.  All three will have matches featured on the ESPN family of networks.  Uruguay, Colombia, Honduras, and Chile also have a chance to clinch a World Cup berth on Friday.

A full schedule of the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying matches is listed below.

Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Match Network(s)
Fri, Oct 11 11 a.m. Armenia vs. Bulgaria ESPN3
  11:30 a.m. Lithuania vs. Latvia ESPN3
  12 p.m. Croatia vs. Belgium ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  12 p.m. Azerbaijan vs. Northern Ireland ESPN3
  12 p.m. Moldova vs. San Marino ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Malta vs. Czech Republic ESPN3
  2 p.m. Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Liechtenstein ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Luxembourg vs. Russia ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Netherlands vs. Hungary ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Estonia vs. Turkey ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Albania vs. Switzerland ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Andorra vs. Romania ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Germany vs. Ireland ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2:45 p.m. Greece vs. Slovakia ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Slovenia vs. Norway ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Iceland vs. Cyprus ESPN3
  2:55 p.m. France vs. Australia
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  3:45 p.m. Portugal vs. Israel ESPN3
  4 p.m. Spain vs. Belarus ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  6 p.m. United States vs. Jamaica ESPN / WatchESPN
  9:15 p.m. Mexico vs. Panama ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Sun, Oct 13 9 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
Tue, Oct 15 1 p.m. Israel vs. Northern Ireland ESPN3
  1 p.m. Portugal vs. Luxembourg ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  1 p.m. Azerbaijan vs. Russia ESPN3
  1 p.m. Lithuania vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina ESPN3
  1 p.m. Greece vs. Liechtenstein ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Cyprus vs. Albania ESPN3
  2 p.m. Switzerland vs. Slovenia ESPN3
  2 p.m. Turkey vs. Netherlands ESPN3
  2 p.m. Hungary vs. Andorra ESPN3
  2 p.m. Romania vs. Estonia ESPN3
  2:10 p.m. Latvia vs. Slovakia ESPN3
  2:15 p.m. Bulgaria vs. Czech Republic ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. ESPN FC FIFA World Cup Whiparound ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2:30 p.m. Serbia vs. Macedonia ESPN3
  3 p.m. San Marino vs. Ukraine ESPN3
  3 p.m. Montenegro vs. Moldova ESPN3
  3 p.m. Scotland vs. Croatia ESPN3
  3 p.m. Belgium vs. Wales ESPN3
  3 p.m. Spain vs. Georgia ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  3 p.m. France vs. Finland ESPN3

 

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