Press Releases


Soccer on ESPN Platforms: 26 Matches Led by Monday’s Manchester Derby


Posted on

ESPN2 to Carry Two La Liga Matches in Spanish on Sunday and Wednesday

ESPN platforms – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes – will carry 26 live matches beginning Saturday, April 28, through Wednesday, May 2, including the live presentation of Manchester City vs. Manchester United, the most-anticipated and potentially title-deciding matchup of the 2011-12 Barclays Premier League on Monday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m. ET (kick at 3 p.m.), on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes.  (Link to ESPN’s Manchester derby release.)

In addition, ESPN2 will present two live matches from Spain’s La Liga – Real Madrid vs. Sevilla on Sunday at 5:55 a.m., and Barcelona vs. Malaga on Wednesday at 1:55 p.m. – in Spanish.  Sunday’s La Liga telecast, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid hosting Sevilla at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, will mark the second time an ESPN English-language network will present a live sporting event in Spanish.  The first time was on March 4, 2007, when a NASCAR Busch Series race was simulcast in English on ESPN2 and Spanish on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Both La Liga matches will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes (Spanish) and available in English and Spanish on ESPN3.  Highlights:

  • ESPN networks will feature matches involving three of the four teams – Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid – which played in the exhilarating home and away semifinals of the 2011-2012 UEFA Champions League.
  • German Bundesliga:  Bayern Munich’s first match after its UEFA Champions League semifinal series win over favored Real Madrid will be on ESPN3 Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (vs. VfB Stuttgart)
  • La Liga:  ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes will carry six La Liga matches including Real Madrid’s first match after failing to advance to the finals of the UEFA Champions League on Sunday at 5:55 a.m.
  • Premier League:  Three Premier League matches beginning Saturday at 9:55 a.m. with Stoke City vs. Arsenal on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes.
  • Serie A:  ESPN3 will carry 10 Serie A matches including two appearances by defending champion AC Milan – at Siena on Sunday at 8:55 a.m., and hosting Atalanta on Wednesday at 2:40 p.m.


Date Time (ET) Match Network
Sat, April 28 9:30 a.m. Bayern Munich vs. VfB Stuttgart (German Bundesliga) ESPN3
  9:30 a.m. Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Augsburg (German Bundesliga) ESPN3
  9:55 a.m. Stoke City vs. Arsenal (Premier League) ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  11:55 a.m. Palermo vs. Catania (Serie A) ESPN3
  2:40 p.m. AS Roma vs. Napoli (Serie A) ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Lyon vs. US Quevilly (Coupe de France) ESPN3
  3:15 p.m. Maritimo vs. FC Porto (Portuguese Liga) ESPN3
  3:50 p.m. Villareal vs. Osasuna (La Liga) ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  5:55 p.m. Jaguares vs. Monarcas (Mexican Primera Division) ESPN Deportes
Sun, April 29 5:55 a.m. Real Madrid vs. Sevilla (La Liga) ESPN2 / ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
  8:25 a.m. FC Twente vs. Ajax (Dutch Eredivisie) ESPN3
  8:55 a.m. Novara vs. Juventus (Serie A) ESPN3
  8:55 a.m. Siena vs. AC Milan (Serie A) ESPN3
  1:35 p.m. Real Betis vs. Atletico Madrid (La Liga) ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
  2:40 p.m. Udinese vs. Lazio (Serie A) ESPN3
Mon, April 30 2:30 p.m. Manchester City vs. Manchester United (Premier League) ESPN / ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Tue, May 1 11:55 a.m. Granada vs. Espanyol (La Liga) ESPN3 /ESPN Deportes
  11:55 a.m. Chievo Verona vs. AS Roma (Serie A) ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Liverpool vs. Fulham (Premier League) ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:40 p.m. Napoli vs. Palermo (Serie A) ESPN3
Wed, May 2 11:55 a.m. Atletico Madrid vs. Real Sociedad (La Liga) ESPN3
  1:55 p.m. Barcelona vs. Malaga (La Liga) ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2 p.m. Ajax vs. VVV Venlo (Dutch Eredivisie) ESPN3
  2:40 p.m. AC Milan vs. Atalanta (Serie A) ESPN3
  2:40 p.m. Parma vs. Inter Milan (Serie A) ESPN3
  2:40 p.m. Juventus vs. Lecce (Serie A) ESPN3

All matches and times subject to change

— 30 —