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All 64 Matches of 2010 FIFA World Cup on ESPN Radio

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ESPN Radio will present live coverage of all 64 games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, from the opener (South Africa vs. Mexico) on June 11 through the Final on July 11.  The 2010 FIFA World Cup marks the first live soccer broadcasts by ESPN Radio, which debuted January 1, 1992. 

Veteran FIFA World Cup soccer commentators JP Dellacamera (play-by-play) and analyst Tommy Smyth will serve as ESPN Radio’s lead broadcast team for South Africa 2010.  JP_TommyDellacamera, who is ESPN’s lead commentator for telecasts of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams and Major League Soccer matches, has called the last six FIFA World Cups for a variety of networks and was NBC Sports lead commentator at the past two summer Olympics.  Smyth, who has called thousands of international matches from leagues all over the world including the UEFA Champions League for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International, served as a game and studio analyst during ESPN’s UEFA European Football Championship 2008 (Euro 08) coverage, and has worked four FIFA World Cups (1994, ’98, 2002 and ’06). 

 

 

Other ESPN Radio commentators:

  • Soccer play-by-play commentator Glenn Davis will pair with former MLS player Kyle Martino, to call some matches.  Davis served as play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup coverage, and Martino, the 2002 MLS rookie of the year, currently serves as TV analyst for select MLS matches on ESPN.
  • Ross Dyer and Shep Messing, former NASL and US National team keeper, will round out the commentator teams.  Dyer has worked on Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga, World Cup qualifying matches for ESPN International, and Messing, provided analysis for ESPN during the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
  • ESPN’s team of 2010 FIFA World Cup reporters will contribute live reporting from match sites and other locations across South Africa. 

“JP and Tommy are seasoned FIFA World Cup announcers and using them as the lead commentator team elevates ESPN Radio broadcasts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, informing and entertaining listeners in the United States,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer, event production.  “Our overall coverage of this event on ESPN Radio will reflect our commitment to make the 2010 FIFA World Cup experience a memorable one for fans across our multimedia assets.” 

All matches in the round robin stage and the round of 16 will be called from ESPN Radio’s state-of-the-art studios in Bristol, Conn.  Dellacamera and Smyth will then travel to South Africa to call two of the four quarterfinal matches, the semifinals, the third-place and final matches from site. 

ESPN Radio broadcasts of 2010 FIFA World Cup matches will feature prematch, halftime and postmatch studio segments, highlighted by Xs and Os matchup previews, reporting from match sites, national anthems, and more. 

Additionally, the radio network will feature 2010 FIFA World Cup studio programming commencing with weekly, one-hour FIFA World Cup Soccer Specials Friday at 8 p.m. ET, April 2 through May 28.  The specials will move to 6 p.m. daily beginning Tuesday, June 1, though Sunday, July 11, following the conclusion of the title match. 

ESPN Radio will broadcast 13 matches live on its main channel – the three US Team matches in the round robin phase, two matches in the round of 16, four quarterfinals matches, the two semifinals, the third place and final matches. Affiliates will distribute the remaining games separately. 

2010 FIFA World Cup Groupings
 

Group A Group B Group C Group D
1  South Africa 1  Argentina 1  England 1  Germany
2  Mexico 2  Nigeria 2  USA 2  Australia
3  Uruguay 3  Korea Republic 3  Algeria 3  Serbia
4  France 4  Greece 4  Slovenia 4  Ghana
       
Group E Group F Group G Group H
1  Netherlands 1  Italy 1  Brazil 1  Spain
2  Denmark 2  Paraguay 2  Korea DPR 2  Switzerland
3  Japan 3  New Zealand 3  Cote d’Ivoire 3  Honduras
4  Cameroon 4  Slovakia 4  Portugal 4  Chile

2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SCHEDULE ON ESPN RADIO

All times EASTERN  – Schedule is subject to change 

Date Time (ET) Network Match

Group

Site

Match #

Fri 6/11 9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio South Africa vs. Mexico

A

Johannesburg

1

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Uruguay vs. France

A

Cape Town

2

Sat 6/12 7 a.m. ESPN Radio Korea Republic vs. Greece

B

Port Elizabeth

3

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Argentina vs. Nigeria

B

Johannesburg

4

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio England vs. USA

C

Rustenburg

5

Sun 6/13 7 a.m. ESPN Radio Algeria vs. Slovenia

C

Polokwane

6

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Serbia vs. Ghana

D

Pretoria

7

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Germany vs. Australia

D

Durban

8

Mon 6/14 7 a.m. ESPN Radio Netherlands vs. Denmark

E

Johannesburg

9

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Japan vs. Cameroon

E

Bloemfontein

10

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Italy vs. Paraguay

F

Cape Town

11

Tue 6/15 7 a.m. ESPN Radio New Zealand vs. Slovakia

F

Rustenburg

12

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Ivory Coast vs. Portugal

G

Port Elizabeth

13

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Brazil vs. Korea DPR

G

Johannesburg

14

Wed 6/16 7 a.m. ESPN Radio Honduras vs. Chile

H

Nelspruit

15

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Spain vs. Switzerland

H

Durban

16

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio South Africa vs. Uruguay

A

Pretoria

17

Thu 6/17 7 a.m. ESPN Radio Argentina vs. Korea Rep.

B

Johannesburg

18

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Greece vs. Nigeria

B

Bloemfontein

19

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio France vs. Mexico

A

Polokwane

20

Fri 6/18 7 a.m. ESPN Radio Germany vs. Serbia

D

Port Elizabeth

21

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Slovenia vs. USA

C

Johannesburg

22

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio England vs. Algeria

C

Cape Town

23

Sat 6/19 7 a.m. ESPN Radio Netherlands vs. Japan

E

Durban

24

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Ghana vs. Australia

D

Rustenburg

25

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Cameroon vs. Denmark

E

Pretoria

26

Sun 6/20 7 a.m. ESPN Radio Slovakia vs. Paraguay

F

Bloemfontein

27

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Italy vs. New Zealand

F

Nelspruit

28

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Brazil vs. Ivory Coast

G

Johannesburg

29

Mon 6/21 7 a.m. ESPN Radio Portugal vs. Korea DPR

G

Cape Town

30

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Chile vs. Switzerland

H

Port Elizabeth

31

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Spain vs. Honduras

H

Johannesburg

32

Tue 6/22 9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Mexico vs. Uruguay

A

Rustenburg

33

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio France vs. South Africa

A

Bloemfontein

34

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Nigeria vs. Korea Republic

B

Durban

35

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Greece vs. Argentina

B

Polokwane

36

Wed 6/23 9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Slovenia vs. England

C

Port Elizabeth

37

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio USA vs. Algeria

C

Pretoria

38

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Ghana vs. Germany

D

Johannesburg

39

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Australia vs. Serbia

D

Nelspruit

40

Thu 6/24 9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Slovakia vs. Italy

E

Johannesburg

41

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Paraguay vs. New Zealand

E

Polokwane

42

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Denmark vs. Japan

F

Rustenburg

43

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Cameroon vs. Netherlands

F

Cape Town

44

Fri 6/25 9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Portugal vs. Brazil

G

Durban

45

  9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Ivory Coast vs. Korea DPR

G

Nelspruit

46

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Chile vs. Spain

H

Pretoria

47

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Switzerland vs. Honduras

H

Bloemfontein

48

2nd Stage – Round of 16

Date Time (ET) Network Matchup   Site

Match #

Sat 6/26 9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio 1st A vs. 2nd B   Port Elizabeth

49

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio 1st C vs. 2nd D   Rustenburg

50

Sun 6/27 9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio 1st D vs. 2nd C   Bloemfontein

51

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio 1st B vs. 2nd A   Johannesburg

52

Mon 6/28 9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio 1st E vs. 2nd F   Durban

53

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio 1st G vs. 2nd H   Johannesburg

54

Tue 6/29 9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio 1st F vs. 2nd E   Pretoria

55

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio 1st H vs. 2nd G   Cape Town

56

2nd Stage — Quarterfinals

Date Time (ET) Network Matchup

 

Site

Match #

Fri 7/2 9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Winners 53 vs. 54

A

Port Elizabeth

57

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Winners 49 vs. 50

B

Johannesburg

58

Sat 7/3 9:30 a.m. ESPN Radio Winners 52 vs. 51

C

Cape Town

59

  2 p.m. ESPN Radio Winners 55 vs. 56

D

Johannesburg

60

2nd Stage — Semifinals

Date Time (ET) Network Matchup   Site

Match #

Tue 7/6 2 p.m. ESPN Radio Winners A vs. C   Cape Town

61

Wed 7/7 2 p.m. ESPN Radio Winners B vs. D   Durban

62

Third Place Match

Sat 7/10 2 p.m. ESPN Radio Losers – 61 vs. 62   Port Elizabeth

63

2010 FIFA World Cup Title Match

Sun 7/11 1:30 p.m. ESPN Radio Winners – 61 vs. 62   Johannesburg

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ESPN Inc.’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Coverage in the United States

South Africa 2010 will be ESPN’s seventh FIFA World Cup and coverage of the event promises to be the most comprehensive in company history.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will air all 64 matches live and in high definition.  ESPN360.com, ESPN’s signature broadband network available in 41 million homes, will feature live English-language simulcasts of matches on ESPN and ESPN2.  ESPN Mobile TV will show 46 matches.  ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language all sports network, will air up to 40 matches in Portuguese live in the U.S., and ESPN Radio will broadcast all 64 matches. 

Additionally, ESPN will present 2010 FIFA World Cup television studio programming from site in South Africa, offering U.S. sports fans the most comprehensive news and information coverage throughout the month-long soccer showcase.  Studio coverage of the quadrennial global event will include SportsCenter segments, a nightly World Cup Live program, and prematch, halftime and postmatch shows, with additional studio programming and World Cup-branded segments, totaling more than 65 hours of coverage, originating from two sets in and around Johannesburg. 

ESPN Coverage of Past FIFA World Cup Events:

Germany 2006 – All 64 matches live and in high definition

Korea/Japan 2002 – 58 ESPN and ESPN2 matches live (6 tape-delayed broadcasts on ABC)

France 1998 – All 64 matches live on ESPN (27), ESPN2 (23) and ABC Sports (14)

USA 1994 – All 52 matches – ESPN (41) and ABC (11)

Mexico 1986 – 15 matches on ESPN (U.S. cable television rights)

Spain 1982 – 7 matches on ESPN 

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