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Posted by Mac Nwulu on June 21, 2010

ESPN and ESPN Radio FIFA World Cup Commentator Assignments Through Pool Play

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ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup from South Africa continues this week with four games each day Tuesday, June 22, through Friday, June 25, as all 32 teams compete in their final matches of pool play. Match coverage begins each day at 9:30 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. on both ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN commentator assignment highlights for this week:

  • Ian Darke and John Harkes will call the pivotal United States vs. Algeria match Wednesday, June 23, at 9:30 a.m. (ESPN) from Pretoria. Studio host Chris Fowler and analyst Alexi Lalas will also be on-site for pre, halftime and postmatch coverage;
  • Also in Group C, Martin Tyler and Efan Ekoku will call the England-Slovenia match from Port Elizabeth at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN2;
  • Tyler will team with Harkes on a pair of crucial matches that will determine group winners — Tuesday, June 22: Mexico-Uruguay in Group A (9:30 a.m./ESPN), and Friday, June 25: Portugal-Brazil in Group G (9:30 a.m./ESPN);
  • Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe will call the Ghana-Germany match in Group D from Soccer City in Johannesburg Wednesday, June 23, at 2 p.m. (ESPN);
  • Jim Proudfoot, the longtime English football commentator who joined ESPN in July 2009, to cover the Bundesliga, Serie A and other European football, will call the Paraguay-New Zealand match with World Cup studio analyst Roberto Martinez in Polokwane Thursday, June 24, on ESPN2 at 9:30 a.m. Proudfoot was the lead 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup commentator for national radio station talkSPORT in the UK;
  • On ESPN Radio, the lead broadcast team of JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth will call matches daily all week, including: Mexico-Uruguay, U.S.-Algeria, Slovakia-Italy and Portugal-Brazil;

ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup match commentators include: play-by-play voices — Darke, Adrian Healey, Proudfoot (one match), Rae and Tyler; and analysts – Ekoku, Harkes, Ally McCoist and Mustoe. ESPN Radio’s commentator teams include: Dellacamera and Smyth; Glenn Davis and Kyle Martino; and Ross Dyer and Shep Messing.

The top two teams in each group advance to the Round of 16, which begins Saturday, June 26, with the winner of Group A playing the Group B runner-up at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN. Commentator assignments for the start of the knockout round will be announced later this week.

 

ESPN at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

South Africa 2010 will be ESPN’s seventh FIFA World Cup and coverage of the event promises to be the most comprehensive in company history.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will air all 64 matches live and in high definition, and more than 50 matches will be televised live in Portuguese on ESPN Deportes. Additionally,  ESPN3.com, ESPN’s signature broadband network, will offer simulcasts of all matches on ESPN and ESPN2; ESPN 3D, which launches June 11, will televise 25 matches; ESPN Radio will broadcast all 64 matches in English and provide additional multi-language match coverage; and ESPN’s mobile platforms will provide coverage of all 64 matches. ESPN will present 2010 FIFA World Cup television studio programming from site in South Africa, offering U.S. sports fans the most comprehensive news and information coverage throughout the month-long soccer showcase.  Studio coverage will include SportsCenter segments, a nightly World Cup Live program, and pre, halftime and post-match shows, with additional studio programming and World Cup-branded segments, totaling more than 65 hours of coverage, originating from two sets in and around Johannesburg. ESPN International is also a FIFA World Cup rights-holder in Brazil and in the Indian Sub-continent and will provide extensive news and information coverage around the world. 

 

2010 FIFA World Cup schedule (June 22-25):

DateTimeNetworksMatch/CommentatorsSite
Tue 6/229:30 a.m.ESPN/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioMexico vs. Uruguay
Martin Tyler and John Harkes
JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
Rustenburg
 9:30 a.m.ESPN2/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioFrance vs. South Africa
Ian Darke and Efan Ekoku
Glenn Davis and Kyle Martino
Bloemfontein
 2 p.m.ESPN2/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioNigeria vs. Korea Republic
Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe
Davis and Martino
Durban
 2 p.m.ESPN/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioGreece vs. Argentina
Adrian Healey and Ally McCoist
Ross Dyer and Shep Messing
Polokwane
Wed 6/239:30 a.m.ESPN2/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioSlovenia vs. England
Tyler and Ekoku
Dyer and Messing
Port Elizabeth
 9:30 a.m.ESPN/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioUSA vs. Algeria
Darke and Harkes
Dellacamera and Smyth
Pretoria
 2 p.m.ESPN/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioGhana vs. Germany
Rae and Mustoe
Davis and Martino
Johannesburg
 2 p.m.ESPN2/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioAustralia vs. Serbia
Healey and McCoist
Dyer and Messing
Nelspruit
Thu 6/249:30 a.m.ESPN/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioSlovakia vs. Italy
Darke and Harkes
Dellacamera and Smyth
Johannesburg
 9:30 a.m.ESPN2/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioParaguay vs. New Zealand
Jim Proudfoot and Roberto Martinez
Davis and Martino
Polokwane
 2 p.m.ESPN/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioDenmark vs. Japan
Healey and McCoist
Dyer and Messing
Rustenburg
 2 p.m.ESPN2/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioCameroon vs. Netherlands
Rae and Mustoe
Davis and Martino
Cape Town
Fri 6/259:30 a.m.ESPN/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioPortugal vs. Brazil
Tyler and Harkes
Dellacamera and Smyth
Durban
 9:30 a.m.ESPN2/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioIvory Coast vs. Korea DPR
Healey and McCoist
Dyer and Messing
Nelspruit
 2 p.m.ESPN/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioChile vs. Spain
Darke and Ekoku
Davis and Martino
Pretoria
 2 p.m.ESPN2/ESPN3.com ESPN RadioSwitzerland vs. Honduras
Rae and Mustoe
Dyer and Messing
Bloemfontein

 

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