ESPN will combine to present all matches of the inaugural UEFA Nations League Finals across its television networks. The four matches will begin Wednesday, June 5, with the semifinal between Portugal and Switzerland at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, live from the Estádio do Dragão in the city of Porto, Portugal. The second semifinal – Netherlands vs. England from Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães – will air on ESPN2 Thursday, June 6, at 2:30 p.m.
ESPN’s lead commentator team for soccer, Ian Darke (play-by-play) and analyst Taylor Twellman, will call the semifinals and the Final on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN. The commentary will originate from the stadiums in Porto and Guimarães. Adrian Healey and Alejandro Moreno will call the third-place game.
The Finals will culminate the first edition of UEFA Nations League, which began in September 2018. The Final Four teams are the group leaders among 12 teams in the top division of the UEFA Nations League.
|Wed, Jun 5||2:30 p.m.||#7 Portugal vs. #8 Switzerland (Semifinal I)
Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman
Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal
|Thu, Jun 6||2:30 p.m.||#16 Netherlands vs. #4 England (Semifinal II)
Darke and Twellman
Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães
|Sun, Jun 9||8:45 a.m.||TBD (3rd-Place Match)
Adrian Healey and Alejandro Moreno
|2:30 p.m.||TBD (Final)
Darke and Twellman from Porto
- The four teams in the UEFA Nations League Finals are in the top-16 of the current FIFA World Ranking – England (#4), Portugal (#7), Switzerland (#8) and Netherlands (#16);
- The money game: In addition to a 28-inch tall sterling silver trophy, the champions will collect $11.8 million; while the runner-up gets $10.1 million; third-place team: $9 million; and fourth-place earns $7.9 million. Each team has already received $5 million for reaching the semifinals;
- UEFA EURO 2016 champion Portugal is led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who will play in his 157th game with the national team;
- England, the top-ranked team in the competition, features a roster of players from top-level Premier League teams such as champion Manchester City, UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool and finalist Tottenham Hotspur;
- UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match Virgil van Dijk leads Netherlands into the Finals.