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Posted by Tara Chozet on June 19, 2014

ESPN TV/Radio Commentators for FIFA World Cup to June 26

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ESPN’s month-long coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil continues with of Group Stage matches, culminating Thursday, June 26. Lead play-by-play commentator Ian Darke and analyst Taylor Twellman will call the much-anticipated United States vs. Portugal match from Manaus on Sunday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, while JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth will provide commentary on ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the match. Other weekend highlights:

  • Jon Champion and Stewart Robson will call Germany vs. Ghana, a key match in Group G, on Saturday, June 21, at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN;
  • Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno, ESPN’s English-language commentating team for Mexican National Team matches, will describe the action from Croatia vs. Mexico, a decisive Group A match, on Monday, June 23, at 3:30 a.m. on ESPN;
  • Darke and Steve McManaman will call Costa Rica vs. England on Tuesday, June 24, at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2;

ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the tournament includes all 64 matches televised live on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, as well as 54 matches on ESPN Deportes and another 10 on ESPN Deportes+.  ESPN Radio is also broadcasting all 64 matches.

ESPN 2014 FIFA World Cup Media Kit

2014 WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE – ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC (All matches also airing on ESPN Radio)

| All times EASTERN  |  Schedule is subject to change  |  ABC Sports broadcasts in italics

Date Time (ET) Network Match Group Site Match #
Fri 6/20 11:30 a.m. ESPN Italy vs. Costa Rica
TV: Derek Rae, Kasey Keller
Radio: JP Dellacamera, Tommy Smyth
D Recife 24
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Switzerland vs. France
TV: Daniel Mann, Efan Ekoku
Radio: Ross Dyer, Shep Messing
E Salvador 25
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Honduras vs. Ecuador
TV: Fernando Palomo, Alejandro Moreno
Radio: Mark Donaldson, Janusz Michallik
E Curitiba 26
Sat 6/21 11:30 a.m. ESPN Argentina vs. Iran
TV: Adrian Healey, Roberto Martinez
Radio: Donaldson, Michallik
F Belo Horizonte 27
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Germany vs. Ghana
TV: Jon Champion, Stewart Robson
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
G Fortaleza 29
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
TV: Mann, Ekoku
Radio: Dyer, Messing
F Cuiaba 28
Sun 6/22 11:30 a.m. ABC Belgium vs. Russia
TV: Rae, Ekoku
Radio: Donaldon, Paul Mariner
H Rio de Janeiro 31
  2:30 p.m. ABC South Korea vs. Algeria
TV: Mann, Keller
Radio: Dyer, Michallik
H Porto Alegre 32
  5:30 p.m. ESPN United States vs. Portugal
TV: Darke, Taylor Twellman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
G Manaus 30
Mon 6/23 11:30 a.m. ESPN Netherlands vs. Chile
TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Dyer, Messing
B Sao Paulo 36
  11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Australia vs. Spain
TV: Mann, Keller
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
B Curitiba 35
  3:30 p.m. ESPN Croatia vs. Mexico
TV: Palomo, Moreno
Radio: Donaldson, Michallik
A Recife 34
  3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Cameroon vs. Brazil
TV: Healey, Ekoku
Radio: Dyer, Messing
A Brasilia 33
Tue 6/24 11:30 a.m. ESPN Italy vs. Uruguay
TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
D Natal 39
  11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Costa Rica vs. England
TV: Darke, Steve McManaman
Radio: Dyer, Michallik
D Belo Horizonte 40
  3:30 p.m. ESPN Japan vs. Colombia
TV: Mann, Twellman
Radio: Donaldson, Mariner
C Cuiaba 37
  3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Greece vs. Ivory Coast
TV: Rae, Keller
Radio: Dyer, Michallik
C Fortaleza 38
Wed 6/25 11:30 a.m. ESPN Nigeria vs. Argentina
TV: Rae, Ekoku
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
F Porto Alegre 43
  11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran
TV: Mann, Craig Burley
Radio: Dyer, Messing
F Salvador 44
  3:30 p.m. ESPN Ecuador vs. France
TV: Healey, Moreno
Radio: Dyer, Messing
E Rio de Janeiro 42
  3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Honduras vs. Switzerland
TV: Palomo, Keller
Radio: Donaldson, Michallik
E Manaus 41
Thu 6/26 11:30 a.m. ESPN United States vs. Germany
TV: Darke, Twellman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
G Recife 45
  11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Portugal vs. Ghana
TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Dyer, Messing
G Brasilia 46
  3:30 p.m. ESPN South Korea vs. Belgium
TV: Healey, Moreno
Radio: Donaldson, Mariner
H Sao Paulo 47
  3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Algeria vs. Russia
TV: Rae, Ekoku
Radio: Dyer, Messing
H Curitiba 48

ESPN Inc.’s 2014 FIFA World Cup in the United States

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be ESPN’s eighth World Cup and most comprehensive presentation to date.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to air all 64 matches live and in high definition (June 12 – July 13). All ESPN and ESPN2 games will be available on WatchESPN, while ABC matches will be available on WATCH ABC. ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network available in more than 85 million homes, will present matches live in multiple languages (other than English and Spanish).

ESPN’s presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will include comprehensive news and information coverage of the month-long soccer showcase with renowned journalists reporting on the tournament and the host country of Brazil. Additional English-language coverage of the quadrennial event will total more than 90 hours of original programming and will include SportsCenter at the World Cup, a nightly World Cup Tonight program, ESPN FC World Cup Encore, a 30-minute pre-match show, halftime and post-match segments, as well as a World Cup-branded ESPN Films 30 for 30: Soccer Stories series, E:60 shows, and access-driven long-form storytelling features.

ESPN garnered more than 40 industry awards, including three Sports Emmys, for its presentation of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – more accolades than any single event in the company’s history.

ESPN and Past FIFA World Cup Tournaments (Men’s):

South Africa 2010 – All 64 matches live and in high definition. All studio programming originated from South Africa
Germany ’06 – All 64 matches live and in high definition
Korea/Japan ’02 – 58 ESPN and ESPN2 matches live (six tape-delayed broadcasts on ABC)
France ’98 – ESPN 27, ESPN2 23 and ABC Sports 14 (all 64 matches live)
USA ’94 – ESPN, 41, and ABC, 11 (all 52 matches)
Mexico ’86 – ESPN, 15 matches (U.S. cable television rights)
Spain ’82 – ESPN, 7 matches

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