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Posted by Tara Chozet on June 9, 2014

ESPN TV and Radio Commentators for 2014 FIFA World Cup, Week 1 (Through June 19)

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Lead play-by-play commentator Ian Darke and analyst Steve McManaman will call the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil – Brazil vs. Croatia — from Sao Paulo on Thursday, June 11, at 3:30 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.  ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the tournament will include 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+.  ABC matches will also available on WATCH ABC.    ESPN Radio will also broadcast all 64 matches. Additional highlights:

  • Darke and Taylor Twellman will call Ghana vs. USA, the U.S. team’s first match of the tournament, on Monday, June 16, at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN;
  • Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno, ESPN’s English-language commentating team for Mexican National Team matches, will team to describe the action from Mexico vs. Cameroon on Friday, June 13, at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2;
  • Jon Champion and Stewart Robson will make their ESPN FIFA World Cup debuts with Spain vs. Netherlands, a rematch of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, on Friday, June 13, at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN;

ESPN’s 2014 FIFA World Cup match commentators include: play-by-play voices – Champion, Darke, Adrian Healey, Palomo, Derek Rae and Daniel Mann; and analysts –  Efan Ekoku, Kasey Keller, Roberto Martinez, McManaman, Moreno, Stewart Robson and Twellman. ESPN Radio’s commentators include: Dellacamera, Mark Donaldson and Ross Dyer; and analysts Shaka Hislop, Paul Mariner, Shep Messing, Janusz Michallik and Smyth. Assignments for subsequent matches will be announced as the tournament progresses.

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 #
Thu 6/12 3:30 p.m. ESPN Brazil vs. Croatia
TV: Ian Darke, Steve McManaman
Radio: JP Dellacamera, Tommy Smyth
A Sao Paulo 1
Fri 6/13 11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Mexico vs. Cameroon
TV: Fernando Palomo, Alejandro Moreno
Radio: Ross Dyer, Shep Messing
A Natal 2
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Spain vs. Netherlands
TV: Jon Champion, Stewart Robson
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
B Salvador 3
  5:30 p.m. ESPN2 Chile vs. Australia
TV: Daniel Mann, Kasey Keller
Radio: Dyer, Paul Mariner
B Cuiaba 4
Sat 6/14 11:30 a.m. ABC Colombia vs. Greece
TV: Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman
Radio: Dellacamera, Janusz Michallik
C Belo Horizonte 5
  2:30 p.m. ABC Uruguay vs. Costa Rica
TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Dyer, Mariner
D Fortaleza 7
  5:30 p.m. ESPN England vs. Italy
TV: Darke, McManaman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
D Manaus 8
  8:30 p.m. ESPN Ivory Coast vs. Japan
TV: Derek Rae, Efan Ekoku
Radio: Dyer, Mariner
C Recife 6
Sun 6/15 11:30 a.m. ABC Switzerland vs. Ecuador
TV: Healey, Moreno
Radio: Dyer, Messing
E Brasilia 9
  2:30 p.m. ABC France vs. Honduras
TV: Mann, Keller
Radio: Dyer, Hislop
E Porto Alegre 10
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
TV: Rae, Roberto Martinez
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
F Rio de Janeiro 11
Mon 6/16 11:30 a.m. ESPN Germany vs. Portugal
TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Dyer, Messing
G Salvador 13
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Iran vs. Nigeria
TV: Rae, Ekoku
Radio: Mark Donaldson, Mariner
F Curitiba 12
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Ghana vs. United States
TV: Darke, Twellman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
G Natal 14
Tue 6/17 11:30 a.m. ESPN Belgium vs. Algeria
TV: Healey, Ekoku
Radio: Donaldson, Michallik
H Belo Horizonte 15
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Brazil vs. Mexico
TV: Palomo, Moreno
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
A Fortaleza 17
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Russia vs. South Korea
TV: Mann, Keller
Radio: Dyer, Messing
H Cuiaba 16
Wed 6/18 11:30 a.m. ESPN Australia vs. Netherlands
TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Donaldson, Michallik
B Porto Alegre 20
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Spain vs. Chile
TV: Darke, McManaman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
B Rio de Janeiro 19
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Cameroon vs. Croatia
TV: Rae, Keller
Radio: Dyer, Messing
A Manaus 18
Thu 6/19 11:30 a.m. ESPN Colombia vs. Ivory Coast
TV: Healey, Moreno
Radio: Donaldson, Messing
C Brasilia 21
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Uruguay vs. England
TV: Darke, McManaman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
D Sao Paulo 23
   5:30 p.m. ESPN Japan vs. Greece
TV: Mann, Ekoku
Radio: Dyer, Mariner
C Natal 22

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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