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Posted by Mac Nwulu on June 6, 2012

ESPN and ESPN Deportes Commentator Assignments for UEFA EURO 2012

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ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the UEFA European Football Championship (June 8-July 1) will feature all 31 matches televised live and in high definition in English on ESPN and ESPN2, as well as 27 matches live with four tape-delayed in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.   Additional coverage includes ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN Deportes Radio.  Today, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer Jed Drake announced the ESPN commentator assignments for the group stage of the tournament. Highlights:

Key matchups in the group stage:

  • On Saturday, June 9, at 2:45 p.m., Derek Rae and Kasey Keller (ESPN), and Jorge Ramos and Hernan Pereyra (ESPN Deportes) will call Germany vs. Portugal.  Germany has beaten Portugal in their last two matches – at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008.  Each team will need a result in the first of their three Group B matches.
  • Spain vs. Italy (Sun, June 10 at 12 p.m. on ESPN) – a matchup between the last two FIFA World Cup champions in their first Group C match, where both teams are favored to advance – will feature Ian Darke and Steve McManaman (English), and Fernando Palomo and Rafa Puente (Spanish).
  • Traditional powers in European soccer – France vs. England – are entering the tournament with a recent history of underachieving in marquee tournaments. Monday, June 11, telecast on ESPN will feature Darke and McManaman at 12 p.m.  Ramos and Pereyra will call the match on ESPN Deportes.
  • Darke and McManaman (ESPN) and Palomo and Puente (ESPN Deportes) will call Netherlands vs. Germany on Wed., June 13, at 2:45 p.m. ET – the matchup of traditional European rivals and two of the top teams in the world playing in the second of three matches in Group B, the tournament’s “group of death.”
  • Adrian Healey and Robbie Mustoe (ESPN2), and Ramos and Pereyra (ESPN Deportes) will call the Italy vs. Republic of Ireland match on Monday, June 18 – a rematch of the 1994 FIFA World Cup when Ireland upset Italy at Giants Stadium at the Meadowlands.

UEFA EURO 2012 will mark most comprehensive coverage of the three-week competition by any media company in the United States. In 2008, ESPN2, ESPN, ESPN Classic and ABC combined to present live all 31 matches of the UEFA European Football Championship.  ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language home of the championship, also televised all 31 matches – four on tape-delay.

Match schedule (Subject to change):

 

DateTime (ET)MatchNetworks
Fri, June 812 p.m.Poland vs. GreeceIan Darke and Steve McManamanFernando Palomo and Rafa PuenteESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Russia vs. Czech RepublicDerek Rae and Kasey KellerRicardo Ortiz and Tato NoriegaESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 912 p.m.Netherlands vs. DenmarkAdrian Healey and Robbie MustoePalomo and PuenteESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Germany vs. PortugalRae and KellerJorge Ramos and Hernan PereyraESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Sun, June 1012 p.m.Spain vs. ItalyDarke and McManamanPalomo and PuenteESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Republic of Ireland vs. CroatiaHealey and MustoeOrtiz and NoriegaESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Mon, June 1112 p.m.France vs. EnglandDarke and McManamanRamos and PereyraESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Ukraine vs. SwedenRae and KellerPalomo and PuenteESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Tue, June 1212 p.m.Greece vs. Czech RepublicHealey and MustoeJose Hernandez and NoriegaESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Poland vs. RussiaRae and KellerRichard Mendez and PuenteESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Wed, June 1312 p.m.Denmark vs. PortugalHealey and MustoeRamos and PereyraESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Netherlands vs. GermanyDarke and McManamanPalomo and PuenteESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Thu, June 1412 p.m.Italy vs. CroatiaRae and Taylor TwellmanOrtiz and NoriegaESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Spain vs. Republic of IrelandDarke and McManamanPalomo and PuenteESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Fri, June 1512 p.m.Ukraine vs. FranceRae and TwellmanPalomo and PuenteESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Sweden vs. EnglandHealey and MustoeRamos and PereyraESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 162:45 p.m.Czech Republic vs. PolandRae and TwellmanMendez and PuenteESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Greece vs. RussiaHealey and MustoeOrtiz and Barak FeverESPN2 / ESPN3 /ESPN Deportes at 5 p.m.
Sun, June 172:45 p.m.Portugal vs. NetherlandsTBD***Ramos and PereyraESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Denmark vs. GermanyTBD***Hernandez and PuenteESPN2 / ESPN3 /ESPN Deportes at 5 p.m.
Mon, June 182:45 p.m.Croatia vs. SpainRae and TwellmanPalomo and PuenteESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Italy vs. Republic of IrelandHealey and MustoeRamos and PereyraESPN2 / ESPN3 /ESPN Deportes at 5 p.m.
Tue, June 192:45 p.m.England vs. UkraineDarke and McManamanHernandez and NoriegaESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 2:45 p.m.Sweden vs. FranceRae and TwellmanOrtiz and FeverESPN2 / ESPN3 /ESPN Deportes at 5 p.m.

* ESPN Deportes match coverage will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

* ESPN and ESPN match coverage begins at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

* Each of the two commentator teams – Darke and McManaman, and Healey and Mustoe – will call the matches

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