ESPN FC Counts Down to the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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ESPN FC Counts Down to the 2014 FIFA World Cup

• 32 Teams in 32 Days – A new team examined each day through Wednesday, June 11
• 32 dedicated national team blogs debut today – England covered throughout tournament by John Cross & Peter Thorne
• Comprehensive coverage from global ESPN team of writers, editors and contributors from UK, US, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and more
• New and completely redeveloped ESPNFC App available now in for iOS and Android

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Utilising the unmatched resources of ESPN’s football news and coverage teams in the UK, US, Europe, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and more, ESPN FC will deliver in-depth coverage in the final month before Brazil across television, digital and social properties worldwide.

ESPN FC’s 32 Teams in 32 Days – a profile of all 32 national teams competing in this year’s World Cup – began Sunday and continues today with Australia. England will be profiled June 8 and the series will conclude with host Brazil under review on Wednesday, June 11. Each day, ESPN FC will focus on one national team and provide in-depth analysis of key players, expectations and tactics, along with original video, discussion, commentary, and social media integrations.

Additionally, ESPN FC today launches a dedicated national team blog for each of the 32 nations at the World Cup, with each one providing unprecedented depth to its coverage in the run up to – and throughout the tournament. John Cross and Peter Thorne are the featured contributors covering England from today through the end of the tournament.

ESPNFC will also feature essays from acclaimed best-selling author Nick Hornby in lead-up to the World Cup.

Additional content and coverage includes:

• 30 for 30 – original 30 for 30’s shorts and features will continue to run on ESPN FC, using documentary-style video to examine some of the most interesting personalities and unknown stories of the World Cup, including Bennett on Maradona’s 1994 World Cup infamy, Duarte on how Brazilian legends have handled life after football, ESPN football analyst Tommy Smyth on being an Irish-American in New York for the win versus Italy, and the story behind what happened to the Jules Rimet trophy, and a look at Brazil goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa forever earned the title: The man who made Brazil cry on Barbosa.
• Simon Kuper will continue to provide his unique take on the game’s biggest players
• In-depth storytelling from ESPN.com senior writers Wright Thompson and Wayne Drehs, as well as ESPN FC writer Gabriele Marcotti and ESPN The Magazine columnist Chris Jones
 Thompson – ESPN’s award-winning long-form enterprise and feature writer will file multiple pieces from across South America and elsewhere, including:
o May 13 – a profile on Vedad Ibisevic of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, his escape from genocide and pursuit of football
o May 25 – the story and myth of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez
o June 9 – the 1978 Argentinian national team that hosted and won the World Cup during major political unrest and the stories of the missing and their families
o June 11 – a look at superstar Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi
 Drehs – in-depth profile stories including:
o June 1 – Pelé and his legacy today in Brazil
o June 5 – USA midfielder Michael Bradley

• World Cup Memories (May 19-23) – Marcotti and ESPN FC columnist Roger Bennett interview a series of former players on their thoughts from past World Cup finals
• Brazil 1950: A Retrospective (May 26) – the memorable tournament in retrospect, reliving the epic Brazil vs. Uruguay match with an essay from Brazilian expert Alex Bellos and contributions from Brazilian football expert Fernando Duarte, Marcotti and ESPN Brazil
• Growing Up Brazil (June 2-6) – Duarte will pen a series of first-person essays about what it was like to grow up outside of Rio as a football fan, a journey that has taken him from playing on dirt pitches to following the Brazilian national team as both a fan and journalist
• World Cup 2014: Everything You Need to Know (June 10-11) – a two-day package with everything fans – both avid and casual alike – will need to know heading into June 12
• Top 10 World Cup Moments (June 11) – ESPNFC.com will host a one-hour special on digital platforms recapping the most memorable (and most infamous) moments in World Cup history
• Grantland’s Men in Blazers – podcast hosts Michael Davies and Bennett will deliver video previews for Grantland.com leading up to the World Cup and will contribute to ESPN FC during the tournament
• On Wednesday, May 28 – two weeks before the eve of the World Cup – ESPN FC will also count down the top 50 players expected to compete in Brazil with #WorldCupRank, a comprehensive poll from ESPN FC writers and editors across all of ESPN’s global content teams. The three top-ranked players will be revealed on Wednesday, June 11.

ESPN FC Smartphone App
The new and completely redeveloped ESPN FC app is now available to download for iOS (Apple App Store) and Android (Google Play) – in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Delivering comprehensive football coverage that includes live scores, news, analysis and video, the ESPN FC app is the go-to app for fans following the action this summer and beyond.

The app is developed on ESPN’s highly successful SportsCenter app (53 million downloads), the feed-based user interface provides easy access and discovery of ESPN FC’s incredible breadth and depth of content, and provide each individual fan increased control over their experience with one-touch personalisation. Navigation is designed around three core content pillars: SCORES, NEWS, NOW.
o Scores: fast, reliable scores; allows fans to set alerts and access expanded information with a simple tap for favourite teams and latest games
o News: presents the best and latest headlines of the day from ESPN’s global football coverage. A mix of breaking news, features, video and more
o Now: integrates contextual live scoring and social media updates for selected tournaments, leagues, clubs and teams from ESPN FC Twitter handles, enabling fans to reply, retweet, favorite and share directly and easily from within the app
o The app also includes:
 Inbox: The inbox provides a personalized collection so fans can catch up on relevant alerts, scores, video highlights, and news based on their identified favourites – all in one feed, and updated in their Inbox each time they open the app.
 Dedicated World Cup section from now through the tournament and its aftermath

The app was developed natively for both iOS & Android, making the most of each operating system and supports English and Spanish languages at launch.

Download links:
Apple App Store – http://bit.ly/1j8Qky1
Google Play Store – http://bit.ly/1irEHNt

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