Press Release

Posted by Mac Nwulu on September 6, 2012

ESPN to Show 43 International Matches Friday Through Tuesday


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. 

Other highlights: 

  • 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):

DateTime (ET)MatchNetworks
Fri, Sept 72:15 p.m.Croatia vs. Macedonia ESPN3
Fri, Sept 72:45 p.m.Bulgaria vs. ItalyESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Sept 72:00 p.m.Malta vs. ArmeniaESPN3
Fri, Sept 72:30 p.m.Slovenia vs. SwiterlandESPN3
Fri, Sept 72:45 p.m.Iceland vs. NorwayESPN3
Fri, Sept 72:45 p.m.Luxembourg vs. PortugalESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/8 @ 1:00 p.m.)
Fri, Sept 712:00 p.m.Azerbaijan vs. IsraelESPN3
Fri, Sept 72:15 p.m.Lithuania vs. SlovakiaESPN3
Fri, Sept 72:30 p.m.Latvia vs. GreeceESPN3
Fri, Sept 71:00 p.m.Liechtenstein vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/9 @ 10:00 a.m.)
Fri, Sept 72:45 p.m.Moldova vs. EnglandESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/8 @ 5:00 p.m.)
Fri, Sept 72:30 p.m.Finland vs. FranceESPN3
Fri, Sept 71:00 p.m.Georgia vs. BelarusESPN3
Fri, Sept 72:30 p.m.Netherlands vs. Turkey ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (@ 4:45 p.m.)
Fri, Sept 72:00 p.m.Estonia vs. RomaniaESPN3
Fri, Sept 72:30 p.m.Andorra vs. HungaryESPN3
Fri, Sept 72:30 p.m.Albania vs. CyprusESPN3
Fri, Sept 711:00 a.m.Russia vs. Northern IrelandESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Sept 74:00 p.m.Spain vs. Saudi ArabiaESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/8 @ 3:00 p.m.)
Fri, Sept 72:45 p.m.Germany vs. Faroe IslandsESPN3
Fri, Sept 77:45 p.m.Canada vs. PanamaESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Sat, Sept 810:00 a.m.Scotland vs. SerbiaESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Tue, Sept 113:00 p.m.Scotland vs. MacedoniaESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/12 @ 11:00 a.m.)
Tue, Sept 112:45 p.m.Belgium vs. CroatiaESPN3/ ESPN Deportes (9/13 @ 1:00 p.m.)
Tue, Sept 112:30 p.m.Serbia vs. WalesESPN3
Tue, Sept 112:00 p.m.Bulgaria vs. ArmeniaESPN3
Tue, Sept 111:00 p.m.Cyprus vs. IcelandESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/13 @ 11:00 a.m.)
Tue, Sept 112:30 p.m.Switzerland vs. AlbaniaESPN3
Tue, Sept 111:00 p.m.Israel vs. RussiaESPN3
Tue, Sept 113:15 p.m.Portugal vs. Azerbaijan ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Tue, Sept 112:45 p.m.Northern Ireland vs. Luxembourg ESPN3
Tue, Sept 112:45 p.m.Greece vs. Lithuania ESPN3
Tue, Sept 112:00 p.m.Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. LatviaESPN3
Tue, Sept 112:15 p.m.Slovakia vs. Liechtenstein ESPN3
Tue, Sept 112:30 p.m.San Marino vs. Montenegro ESPN3
Tue, Sept 112:45 p.m.Poland vs. Moldova ESPN3
Tue, Sept 111:30 p.m.Georgia vs. SpainESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Tue, Sept 112:00 p.m.Turkey vs. EstoniaESPN3
Tue, Sept 112:30 p.m.Hungary vs. NetherlandsESPN3 / ESPN Deportes (9/12 @ 1:00 p.m.)
Tue, Sept 111:30 p.m.Romania vs. AndorraESPN3
Tue, Sept 113:00 p.m.France vs. Belarus ESPN3
Tue, Sept 118:00 p.m.USA vs. JamaicaESPN2 / ESPN3
Tue, Sept 119:05 p.m.Panama vs. CanadaESPN3 / 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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