ESPN and ABC Present UEFA European Football Championship 2020

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ESPN and ABC Present UEFA European Football Championship 2020

  • All 51 Matches Live Across on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC
  • Five Matches on ABC Marks Return of UEFA EUROs to Network Television for the first time Since 2008
  • All Matches Streamed Live on the ESPN and ABC App

ESPN networks – ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC – will combine to televise more than 140 live hours of the UEFA European Football Championship 2020 beginning Friday, June 12, with the opening match in Rome, through the Final on Sunday, July 12, at the historic Wembley Stadium in London. The 51 matches of the quadrennial international competition will be played across 12 European cities.

ESPN will televise 39 UEFA EURO 2020 matches, while ESPN2 will air seven. ABC Television Network will broadcast five matches (two group stage matches, two round of 16, and one quarterfinal) – the first UEFA European Football Championship match on network since 2008. The matches will be streamed live on both the ESPN and ABC apps.

STUDIO PROGRAMMING:

ESPN match telecasts for the UEFA European Football Championship will include pregame, halftime and postgame studio segments.

  • ESPN/ESPN2: Every ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC match telecast will feature a 30-minute pregame, halftime and postgame reaction.
  • EURO Tonight will air each matchday following the last match of the day on ESPN/ESPN2.
  • ESPN’s flagship news and information program SportsCenter will air in-between morning matches throughout the Tournament.

UEFA EURO 2020 Teams (FIFA RANKING – NOVEMBER 2019):

Austria (#26), Belgium (1), Croatia (6), Czech Republic (45), Denmark (16), England (4), Finland (58), France (2), Germany (15), Italy (13), Netherlands (14), Poland (19), Portugal (7), Russia (38), Spain (8), Sweden (17), Switzerland (12), Turkey (29), Ukraine (24) and Wales (22).

  • The remaining four teams will qualify via single-elimination playoff games in March 2020 among 16 teams of four in each group – Paths A, B, C and D. The 16 playoff teams: Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Northern Ireland, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia and Slovakia.

UEFA EURO 2020 – GROUPS (FIFA RANKING):

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C
Turkey (#29) Denmark (#16) Netherlands (#14)
Italy (13) Finland (58) Ukraine (24)
Wales (22) Belgium (1) Austria (26)
Switzerland (12) Russia (38) Playoff D (A)
     
GROUP D GROUP E GROUP F
England (#4) Spain (#8) Playoff A (D)
Croatia (6) Sweden (17) Portugal (#7)
Playoff C Poland (19) France (2)
Czech Republic (45) Playoff B Germany (15)

 ABOUT UEFA EURO 2020:

With all 20 of the 24 national teams qualified to play in the championship ranked among the top 60 teams in the FIFA World Rankings (November 2019), the UEFA European Football Championship is arguably the most prestigious and competitive international soccer tournament in the world.  The first championship was in 1960, hosted by France.

To commemorate the 60th year from the first championship, UEFA EURO 2020 matches will be played at 12 venues/countries across Europe – Amsterdam, Baku (Azerbaijan), Bilbao (Spain), Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St. Petersburg.

ESPN has been the U.S. home of the UEFA European Football Championship since 2008. Spain (2008 and 2012) and Portugal (2016) have been crowned champions of football in Europe on an ESPN network.

MATCH SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):

Date Time (ET) Match Match # Networks
Fri, Jun 12 2:30 p.m. Group A – Turkey vs. Italy 1 ESPN
Sat, Jun 13 8:30 a.m. Group A – Wales vs. Switzerland 2 ESPN
  11:30 a.m. Group B – Denmark vs. Finland 3 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group B – Belgium vs. Russia 4 ABC
Sun, Jun 14 8:30 a.m. Group D – England vs. Croatia 5 ESPN2
  11:30 a.m. Group C – Austria vs. Playoff D (A) 6 ESPN
  2:30p.m. Group C – Netherlands vs. Ukraine 7 ESPN
Mon, Jun 15 8:30 a.m. Group D – Playoff C vs. Czech Republic 8 ESPN
  11:30 a.m. Group E – Poland vs. Playoff B 9 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group E – Spain vs. Sweden 10 ESPN
Tue, Jun 16 11:30 a.m. Group F – Playoff A (D) vs. Portugal 11 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group F – France vs. Germany 12 ESPN
Wed, Jun 17 8:30 a.m. Group B – Finland vs. Russia 13 ESPN
  11:30 a.m. Group A – Turkey vs. Wales 14 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group A – Italy vs. Switzerland 15 ESPN
Thu, Jun 18 8:30 a.m. Group C – Ukraine vs. Playoff D (A) 16 ESPN
  11:30 a.m. Group B – Denmark vs. Belgium 17 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group C – Netherlands vs. Austria 18 ESPN
Fri, Jun 19 8:30 a.m. Group E – Sweden vs. Playoff B 19 ESPN
  11:30 a.m. Group D – Croatia vs. Czech Republic 20 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group D – England vs. Playoff C 21 ESPN
Sat, Jun 20 8:30 a.m. Group F – Playoff A (D) vs. France 22 ESPN
  11:30 a.m. Group F – Portugal vs. Germany 23 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group E – Spain vs. Poland 24 ABC
Sun, Jun 21 11:30 a.m. Group A – Switzerland vs. Turkey 25 ESPN
  11:30 a.m. Group A – Italy vs. Wales 26 ESPN2
Mon, Jun 22 11:30 a.m. Group C – Playoff D (A) vs. Netherlands 27 ESPN
  11:30 a.m. Group C – Ukraine vs. Austria 28 ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Group B – Russia vs. Denmark 29 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group B – Finland vs. Belgium 30 ESPN2
Tue, Jun 23 2:30 p.m. Group D – Czech Republic vs. England 31 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group D – Croatia vs. Playoff C 32 ESPN2
Wed, Jun 24 11:30 a.m. Group E – Playoff B vs. Spain 33 ESPN
  11:30 a.m. Group E – Sweden vs. Poland 34 ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Group F – Portugal vs. France 35 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group F – Germany vs. Playoff A (D) 36 ESPN2
Sat, Jun 27 11:30 a.m. RD 16 – 2A vs. 2B 37 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. RD 16 – 1A vs. 2C 38 ABC
Sun, Jun 28 11:30 a.m. RD 16 – 1C vs. 3DEF 39 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. RD 16 – 1B vs. 3ADEF 40 ABC
Mon, Jun 29 11:30 a.m. RD 16 – 2D vs. 2E 41 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. RD 16 – 1F vs. 3ABC 42 ESPN
Tue, Jun 30 11:30 a.m. RD 16 – 1D vs. 2F 43 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. RD 16 – 1E vs. 3ABCD 44 ESPN
Fri, Jul 3 11:30 a.m. Quarterfinal I – W41 vs. W42 45 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal II – W39 vs. W37 46 ESPN
Sat, Jul 4 11:30 a.m. Quarterfinal III – W40 vs. W38 47 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal IV – W43 vs. W44 48 ABC
Tue, Jul 7 2:30 p.m. Semifinal I  (W46 vs. W45) 49 ESPN
Wed, Jul 8 2:30 p.m. Semifinal II (W48 vs. W47) 50 ESPN
Sun, July 12 2:30 p.m. Final – Semifinal Winners 51 ESPN

*** ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 match coverage begins at 8:30, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

** Match numbers are ESPN designations

Top Eight UEFA EURO 2020 Highlights:

  • UEFA EURO 2016 Champions Portugal, led by five-time FIFA Player of the Year Ronaldo, returns to defend the trophy
  • The last four FIFA World Cup champions – France (2018), Germany (2014), Spain (2010) and Italy (2006) – will compete in UEFA EURO 2020
  • Five of the eight countries to ever win a FIFA World Cup will participate (Germany, Spain, Italy, France, England)
  • 12 of the 14 European teams from the 2018 World Cup have qualified to play in the tournament. The other two – Iceland and Serbia – are in the playoffs
  • Five of the last seven FIFA World Cup finalists are in the tournament (Germany, Spain, Italy, France twice)
  • UEFA EURO 2020 will feature seven of the last 12 FIFA World Cup semifinalists
  • Six of the current top 10 teams in FIFA rankings (October 2019) for men’s national teams will be in the quadrennial international football tournament
  • 11 of the top 15 players in the 2018 Ballon d’Or voting are expected to represent their respective national teams in the competition

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