Copa del Rey Final Live on ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and ESPN

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Copa del Rey Final Live on ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and ESPN

Historic Clasico Rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid Face Off April 16 at Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain

ESPN Deportes and ESPN will present the 2014 Copa del Rey final live from Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain, featuring the classic Spanish rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid on Wednesday, April 16, at 3 p.m. ET. The match will also be available in English and Spanish via WatchESPN.  ESPN Deportes will have nearly 15 hours of news and information programming around the match beginning Tuesday, April 15, highlighted by segments of SportsCenter from Valencia, a Destino Fútbol episode showcasing Barcelona star Lionel Messi and pre-and post-game editions of Fuera de Juego.


ESPN Deportes

  • Live from Valencia, play-by-play commentator Fernando Palomo, match analyst Jose “Tato” Noriega and pitch-side reporter Martin Ainstein will call the match.
  • Fuera de Juego – The network’s international soccer program will air pre- and post-match specials featuring some of the network’s soccer experts Many Martin, Ricardo Ortiz, Tony Cherchi and Jose del Valle from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios, while Palomo, Noriega, Ainstein and former Argentine international and Real Madrid midfielder Santiago Solari will provide analysis from Valencia.
  • Fútbol CenterRicardo Puig and Paco Gabriel de Anda will host the show on game day from Valencia.
  • Additionally, live news and analysis segments with Palomo, Noriega, Ainstein and Solari will air across the network’s studio programming starting Tuesday, April 15.


  • Ian Darke, ESPN’s lead commentator for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will pair with veteran analyst Steve McManaman to call the match.  The two have previously commentated on ESPN’s past English Premier League matches.
  • Darke and McManaman will also offer pre- and post-game reports for ESPN FC, the daily soccer news and analysis program.
  • Darke, Palomo and Solari will provide pre- and post-match reports and analysis for SportsCenter and ESPN FC.
  • ESPN FC will offer highlights and analysis after the game on ESPN2, hosted by Dan Thomas with Alejandro Moreno, Craig Burley and Steve Nicol.

ESPN Deportes Radio

ESPN Deportes will broadcast the final starting at 3:00 p.m. with Jorge Ramos (play-by-play) and Hernan Pereyra (analysis) calling the match. The radio network will offer special editions of Destino Brasil and Balón Dividido on Tuesday, April 15.                                                                                                                     

The leading Spanish-language digital sports platform in the U.S. will provide in-depth coverage and post-game reports, featuring:

  • Preview, GameCast (in-game engagement) and Recaps
  • Video Goal Alerts
  • Halftime and Fulltime Video Highlights
  • Frente a Frente featuring analysis and statistics juxtaposing Messi and Ronaldo;
  • Special Blog by Rafa Ramos Around the Match.
Date Time (ET) Programming Network(s)
Tue, Apr 15 7:30 p.m. Destino Fútbol: La Penúltima Victoria de Messi ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
Wed, Apr 16 10 a.m. Raza Deportiva ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  Noon SportsCenter ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  1 p.m. Fútbol Center ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Fuera de Juego: Pregame Show ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  3 p.m. Copa del Rey Final:
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona
ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN /
ESPN Radio
  5:30 p.m. Fuera de Juego: Postgame Show ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  5:30 p.m. ESPN FC ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  7 p.m. Cronómetro ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  8 p.m. #Redes ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  8:30 p.m. Copa del Rey Final:
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona (re-air)
ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  10:30 p.m. Fuera de Juego (re-air) ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  11 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN


Tara Chozet

I handle PR for ESPN Radio, espnW, technology, remote operations and soccer. I received my undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and my Master’s degree from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
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