FIFA World Cup TV/Radio Commentators for Round of 16

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FIFA World Cup TV/Radio Commentators for Round of 16

ESPN’s month-long coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil moves to the knockout stages, beginning Saturday, June 28, with a pair of Round of 16 matches on ABC and WATCH ABC: Brazil vs. Chile (11:30 a.m. ET) and Colombia vs. Uruguay (3:30 p.m. ET). Lead play-by-play commentator Ian Darke and analyst Taylor Twellman will call the Belgium vs. USA match on Tuesday, July 1, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, while JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth will provide commentary on ESPN Radio’s broadcast. This is the United States’ second consecutive trip to the Round of 16, having lost in the same stage against Ghana in 2010. Weekend highlights:

  • Darke and Steve McManaman will call host nation Brazil vs. Chile, on Saturday, June 28, at 11:30 a.m. on ABC;
  • Jon Champion and Stewart Robson will describe the action from Colombia vs. Uruguay, on Saturday, at 3:30 p.m. on ABC;
  • Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno, ESPN’s English-language commentating team for Mexican National Team matches, will call Netherlands vs. Mexico, on Sunday, June 30, at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN;

ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the tournament includes 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+.  ESPN Radio is also broadcasting all 64 matches.

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

2nd Stage – Round of 16

Date Time (ET) Network Matchup Site Match #
Sat, Jun 28 11:30 a.m. ABC Brazil vs. Chile
TV: Ian Darke, Steve McManaman
Radio: Ross Dyer, Shep Messing
Belo Horizonte 49
  3:30 p.m. ABC Colombia vs. Uruguay
TV: Jon Champion, Stewart Robson
Radio: Mark Donaldson, Tommy Smyth
Rio de Janeiro 50
Sun, Jun 29 11:30 a.m. ESPN Netherlands vs. Mexico
TV: Fernando Palomo, Alejandro Moreno
Radio: Dyer, Messing
Fortaleza 51
  3:30 p.m. ESPN Costa Rica vs. Greece
TV: Daniel Mann, Kasey Keller
Radio: Donaldson, Smyth
Recife 52
Mon, Jun 30 11:30 a.m. ESPN France vs. Nigeria
TV: Derek Rae, Efan Ekoku
Radio: JP Dellacamera, Smyth
Brasilia 53
  3:30 p.m. ESPN Germany vs. Algeria
TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Dyer, Messing
Porto Alegre 54
Tue, Jul 1 11:30 a.m. ESPN Argentina vs. Switzerland
TV: Adrian Healey, Moreno
Radio: Dyer, Messing
Sao Paulo 55
  3:30 p.m. ESPN Belgium vs. United States
TV: Darke, Taylor Twellman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
Salvador 56

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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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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