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
(Friendly Match)
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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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Soccer Fans Getting More Coverage From ESPN Beginning This Summer

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Courtesy: ESPN/ESPNFC

ESPN is giving soccer fans an early Christmas gift this Summer.  What started mainly on the ESPNFC.com website has evolved into the first ever full length studio show dedicated to coverage of all things soccer.  ESPN FC on TV will air on ESPN daily on ESPN beginning Sunday, August 11th.  The announcement was made today at the company’s Upfront presentation in New York City.  The new show will take the place of ESPN FC Press Pass, which currently airs on ESPNEWS in the United States.    

The new program will be more than just a studio based show.  It will also incorporate the use of ESPNFC.com into the show via a variety of outlets including social media and ESPN’s industry-leading Stats & Information Group’s data visualization analysis, just to name a couple.  Digital versions of the show will be available online at http://www.ESPNFC.com

Scott Guglielmino spoke on the motivation to expand ESPN’s coverage of professional soccer, noting the increased attention that it is now getting around the world.  “Soccer’s popularity is at an all-time high in the United States as fans are now more familiar with the world’s top players, marquee clubs and national teams.  ESPN FC on TV continues our leadership role in coverage of the sport across all media,” he said.  “ESPN FC will inform, entertain and provide hard-hitting insight on the global sport of soccer,”  It will become ESPN’s signature program for soccer, bringing tremendous value to the company, our affiliates and the ad sales community looking to reach core and casual soccer fans in the United States.” 

Sunday editions of ESPN FC on TV will offer full wrap-ups of each week’s biggest games and looks forward to the coming week, too.  Weekday editions of the show will run for half an hour each day.  Fans can expect from ESPN FC on TV all the latest news and rumors from around the world of professional soccer.  Reporters, columnist, and bloggers from around the world will have all the latest from the Barclay’s Premiere League, UEFA Champion’s League, Spain’s La Liga, Major League Soccer, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, and Mexican National Team.  It will also include interviews with the biggest names from around the professional soccer world, and previews of the biggest games from the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, Manchester Derby, and even more.

To keep up with the latest soccer news from ESPN online, fans can “Like” the ESPN FC Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ESPNFC and check in daily at the ESPN FC website, http://www.espnfc.com

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