Seven of Top 10 Ranked Teams; First Series of Matches in the European Zone’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification; FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final
ESPN’s presentation of this month’s FIFA International match dates will feature a schedule of 43 matches beginning Friday, Sept. 7, through Tuesday, Sept. 11, highlighted by the second leg of a home and away USA vs. Jamaica 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying series on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN from the Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
ESPN’s lead play-by-play commentator Ian Darke, analyst Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Mónica González will call the U.S.–Jamaica match. Host Bob Ley and analysts Alexi Lalas and Kasey Keller will provide studio commentary from ESPN Bristol studio.
- Seven of the top 10 teams in the FIFA World Ranking – #1 Spain, #2 Germany, #3 England, #4 Portugal, #6 Italy, #8 Netherlands and #9 Croatia – will be featured.
- World Cup and European champions Spain, led by European Player of the Year Andrés Iniesta, will kick off their qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup vs. Georgia in Tbilisi on Tuesday, Sept. 11 (ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes at 1:30 p.m.).
- No. 2 Germany will host Faroe Islands in Hanover on Friday, Sept. 7 (ESPN3 at 2:45 p.m.).
- Moldova will host No. 3 England on Friday, Sept. 7 (ESPN3 at 2:45 p.m.; aired on tape-delay on ESPN Deportes, Sat., Sept. 8, at 5 p.m.).
2012 FIFA Friendly schedule on ESPN (Sept. 7, 8 & 11):
|Fri, Sept 7||2:15 p.m.||Croatia vs. Macedonia||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:45 p.m.||Bulgaria vs. Italy||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:00 p.m.||Malta vs. Armenia||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:30 p.m.||Slovenia vs. Switerland||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:45 p.m.||Iceland vs. Norway||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:45 p.m.||Luxembourg vs. Portugal||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/8 @ 1:00 p.m.)|
|Fri, Sept 7||12:00 p.m.||Azerbaijan vs. Israel||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:15 p.m.||Lithuania vs. Slovakia||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:30 p.m.||Latvia vs. Greece||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||1:00 p.m.||Liechtenstein vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/9 @ 10:00 a.m.)|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:45 p.m.||Moldova vs. England||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/8 @ 5:00 p.m.)|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:30 p.m.||Finland vs. France||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||1:00 p.m.||Georgia vs. Belarus||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:30 p.m.||Netherlands vs. Turkey||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (@ 4:45 p.m.)|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:00 p.m.||Estonia vs. Romania||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:30 p.m.||Andorra vs. Hungary||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:30 p.m.||Albania vs. Cyprus||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||11:00 a.m.||Russia vs. Northern Ireland||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes|
|Fri, Sept 7||4:00 p.m.||Spain vs. Saudi Arabia||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/8 @ 3:00 p.m.)|
|Fri, Sept 7||2:45 p.m.||Germany vs. Faroe Islands||ESPN3|
|Fri, Sept 7||7:45 p.m.||Canada vs. Panama||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes|
|Sat, Sept 8||10:00 a.m.||Scotland vs. Serbia||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes|
|Tue, Sept 11||3:00 p.m.||Scotland vs. Macedonia||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/12 @ 11:00 a.m.)|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:45 p.m.||Belgium vs. Croatia||ESPN3/ ESPN Deportes (9/13 @ 1:00 p.m.)|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:30 p.m.||Serbia vs. Wales||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:00 p.m.||Bulgaria vs. Armenia||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||1:00 p.m.||Cyprus vs. Iceland||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/13 @ 11:00 a.m.)|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:30 p.m.||Switzerland vs. Albania||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||1:00 p.m.||Israel vs. Russia||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||3:15 p.m.||Portugal vs. Azerbaijan||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:45 p.m.||Northern Ireland vs. Luxembourg||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:45 p.m.||Greece vs. Lithuania||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:00 p.m.||Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Latvia||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:15 p.m.||Slovakia vs. Liechtenstein||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:30 p.m.||San Marino vs. Montenegro||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:45 p.m.||Poland vs. Moldova||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||1:30 p.m.||Georgia vs. Spain||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:00 p.m.||Turkey vs. Estonia||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||2:30 p.m.||Hungary vs. Netherlands||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/12 @ 1:00 p.m.)|
|Tue, Sept 11||1:30 p.m.||Romania vs. Andorra||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||3:00 p.m.||France vs. Belarus||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||8:00 p.m.||USA vs. Jamaica||ESPN2 / ESPN3|
|Tue, Sept 11||9:05 p.m.||Panama vs. Canada||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes|
All matches and times subject to change.
Please note the Spain vs. Saudi Arabia match is a friendly.
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Title Match Saturday on ESPNU and WatchESPN
ESPNU and WatchESPN will combine to present live the final and third-place matches of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan on Saturday, Sept. 8. The title match – USA vs. defending champions Germany – will include commentators Adrian Healey and former U.S. Women’s National Team captain Julie Foudy at 6:10 a.m., preceded by the third place match at 2:20 p.m. between Nigeria and host nation Japan. During halftime, Andrew Orsatti and Tony DiCicco, the last U.S. team coach to win a FIFA Women’s World Cup, will host an ESPN FC Press Pass segment.
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