Schedule of All 64 Matches of 2010 FIFA World Cup

major-league-soccerESPN Radio will present live coverage of all 64 games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, from the opener (South Africa vs. Mexico) on June 11 through the Final on July 11. The 2010 FIFA World Cup marks the first live soccer broadcasts by ESPN Radio, which debuted January 1, 1992.

Veteran FIFA World Cup soccer commentators JP Dellacamera (play-by-play) and analyst Tommy Smyth will serve as ESPN Radio’s lead broadcast team for South Africa 2010. Dellacamera, who is ESPN’s lead commentator for telecasts of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams and Major League Soccer matches, has called the last six FIFA World Cups for a variety of networks and was NBC Sports lead commentator at the past two summer Olympics. Smyth, who has called thousands of international matches from leagues all over the world including the UEFA Champions League for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International, served as a game and studio analyst during ESPN’s UEFA European Football Championship 2008 (Euro 08) coverage, and has worked four FIFA World Cups (1994, ’98, 2002 and ’06).

Other ESPN Radio commentators:
• Soccer play-by-play commentator Glenn Davis will pair with former MLS player Kyle Martino, to call some matches. Davis served as play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup coverage, and Martino, the 2002 MLS rookie of the year, currently serves as TV analyst for select MLS matches on ESPN.
• Ross Dyer and Shep Messing, former NASL and US National team keeper, will round out the commentator teams. Dyer has worked on Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga, World Cup qualifying matches for ESPN International, and Messing, provided analysis for ESPN during the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
• ESPN’s team of 2010 FIFA World Cup reporters will contribute live reporting from match sites and other locations across South Africa.

“JP and Tommy are seasoned FIFA World Cup announcers and using them as the lead commentator team elevates ESPN Radio broadcasts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, informing and entertaining listeners in the United States,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer, event production. “Our overall coverage of this event on ESPN Radio will reflect our commitment to make the 2010 FIFA World Cup experience a memorable one for fans across our multimedia assets.”

All matches in the round robin stage and the round of 16 will be called from ESPN Radio’s state-of-the-art studios in Bristol, Conn. Dellacamera and Smyth will then travel to South Africa to call two of the four quarterfinal matches, the semifinals, the third-place and final matches from site.

ESPN Radio broadcasts of 2010 FIFA World Cup matches will feature prematch, halftime and postmatch studio segments, highlighted by Xs and Os matchup previews, reporting from match sites, national anthems, and more.

Additionally, the radio network will feature 2010 FIFA World Cup studio programming commencing with weekly, one-hour FIFA World Cup Soccer Specials Friday at 8 p.m. ET, April 2 through May 28. The specials will move to 6 p.m. daily beginning Tuesday, June 1, though Sunday, July 11, following the conclusion of the title match.

ESPN Radio will broadcast 13 matches live on its main channel – the three US Team matches in the round robin phase, two matches in the round of 16, four quarterfinals matches, the two semifinals, the third place and final matches. Affiliates will distribute the remaining games separately.

2010 FIFA World Cup Groupings

Group A Group B Group C Group D  
1  South Africa 1  Argentina  1  England  1  Germany   
2  Mexico  2  Nigeria  2  USA 2  Australia   
3  Uruguay 3  Korea Republic  3  Algeria 3  Serbia   
4  France 4  Greece  4  Slovenia  4  Ghana   
Group E Group F Group G Group H  
1  Netherlands  1  Italy  1  Brazil 1  Spain   
2  Denmark  2  Paraguay  2  Korea DPR  2  Switzerland   
3  Japan  3  New Zealand 3  Cote d’Ivoire  3  Honduras   
4  Cameroon  4  Slovakia  4  Portugal  4  Chile   
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Date Time (ET) Match Site Match #
Fri 6/11 9:30 a.m. South Africa vs. Mexico Johannesburg 1
  2 p.m. Uruguay vs. France Cape Town 2
Sat 6/12 7 a.m. Korea Republic vs. Greece Port Elizabeth 3
  9:30 a.m. Argentina vs. Nigeria Johannesburg 4
  2 p.m. England vs. USA Rustenburg 5
Sun 6/13 7 a.m. Algeria vs. Slovenia Polokwane 6
  9:30 a.m. Serbia vs. Ghana Pretoria 7
  2 p.m.  Germany vs. Australia Durban 8
Mon 6/14 7 a.m. Netherlands vs. Denmark Johannesburg 9
  9:30 a.m. Japan vs. Cameroon Bloemfontein 10
  2 p.m. Italy vs. Paraguay Cape Town 11
Tue 6/15 7 a.m. New Zealand vs. Slovakia Rustenburg 12
  9:30 a.m. Ivory Coast vs. Portugal Port Elizabeth 13
  2 p.m. Brazil vs. Korea DPR Johannesburg 14
Wed 6/16 7 a.m. Honduras vs. Chile Nelspruit 15
  9:30 a.m. Spain vs. Switzerland Durban 16
  2 p.m. South Africa vs. Uruguay Pretoria 17
Thu 6/17 7 a.m. Argentina vs. Korea Rep. Johannesburg 18
  9:30 a.m. Greece vs. Nigeria  Bloemfontein 19
  2 p.m. France vs. Mexico Polokwane 20
Fri 6/18 7 a.m. Germany vs. Serbia Port Elizabeth 21
  9:30 a.m. Slovenia vs. USA Johannesburg 22
  2 p.m. England vs. Algeria Cape Town 23
Sat 6/19 7 a.m. Netherlands vs. Japan Durban 24
  9:30 a.m. Ghana vs. Australia Rustenburg 25
  2 p.m.  Cameroon vs. Denmark Pretoria 26
Sun 6/20 7 a.m. Slovakia vs. Paraguay Bloemfontein 27
  9:30 a.m. Italy vs. New Zealand Nelspruit 28
  2 p.m. Brazil vs. Ivory Coast Johannesburg 29
Mon 6/21 7 a.m. Portugal vs. Korea DPR Cape Town 30
  9:30 a.m. Chile vs. Switzerland Port Elizabeth 31
  2 p.m.  Spain vs. Honduras Johannesburg 32
Tue 6/22 9:30 a.m. Mexico vs. Uruguay Rustenburg 33
  9:30 a.m. France vs. South Africa Bloemfontein 34
  2 p.m.  Nigeria vs. Korea Republic Durban 35
  2 p.m. Greece vs. Argentina Polokwane 36
Wed 6/23 9:30 a.m. Slovenia vs. England Port Elizabeth 37
  9:30 a.m. USA vs. Algeria Pretoria 38
  2 p.m. Ghana vs. Germany Johannesburg 39
  2 p.m. Australia vs. Serbia Nelspruit 40
Thu 6/24 9:30 a.m. Slovakia vs. Italy Johannesburg 41
  9:30 a.m. Paraguay vs. New Zealand Polokwane 42
  2 p.m. Denmark vs. Japan Rustenburg 43
  2 p.m. Cameroon vs. Netherlands Cape Town 44
Fri 6/25 9:30 a.m. Portugal vs. Brazil Durban 45
  9:30 a.m. Ivory Coast vs. Korea DPR Nelspruit 46
  2 p.m. Chile vs. Spain Pretoria 47
  2 p.m. Switzerland vs. Honduras Bloemfontein 48
2nd Stage – Round of 16      
Date Time (ET) Matchup Site Match #
Sat 6/26 9:30 a.m. 1st A vs. 2nd B Port Elizabeth 49
  2 p.m. 1st C vs. 2nd D Rustenburg 50
Sun 6/27 9:30 a.m. 1st D vs. 2nd C Bloemfontein 51
  2 p.m. 1st B vs. 2nd A Johannesburg 52
Mon 6/28 9:30 a.m. 1st E vs. 2nd F Durban 53
  2 p.m.  1st G vs. 2nd H Johannesburg 54
Tue 6/29 9:30 a.m. 1st F vs. 2nd E Pretoria 55
  2 p.m. 1st H vs. 2nd G Cape Town 56
2nd Stage — Quarterfinals      
Date Time (ET) Matchup Site Match #
Fri 7/2 9:30 a.m. Winners 53 vs. 54 Port Elizabeth 57
  2 p.m. Winners 49 vs. 50 Johannesburg 58
Sat 7/3 9:30 a.m. Winners 52 vs. 51 Cape Town 59
  2 p.m. Winners 55 vs. 56 Johannesburg 60
2nd Stage — Semifinals      
Date Time (ET) Matchup Site Match #
Tue 7/6 2 p.m. Winners A vs. C Cape Town 61
Wed 7/7 2 p.m. Winners B vs. D Durban 62
Third Place Match      
Sat 7/10 2 p.m. Losers – 61 vs. 62 Port Elizabeth 63
2010 FIFA World Cup Title Match    
Sun 7/11 1:30 p.m. Winners – 61 vs. 62 Johannesburg 64

ESPN Inc.’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Coverage in the United States
South Africa 2010 will be ESPN’s eighth FIFA World Cup and coverage of the event promises to be the most comprehensive in company history. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will air all 64 matches live and in high definition., ESPN’s signature broadband network available in 41 million homes, will feature live English-language simulcasts of matches on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN Mobile TV will show 46 matches. ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language all sports network, will air up to 40 matches in Portuguese live in the U.S., and ESPN Radio will broadcast all 64 matches.

Additionally, ESPN will present 2010 FIFA World Cup television studio programming from site in South Africa, offering U.S. sports fans the most comprehensive news and information coverage throughout the month-long soccer showcase. Studio coverage of the quadrennial global event will include SportsCenter segments, a nightly World Cup Live program, and prematch, halftime and postmatch shows, with additional studio programming and World Cup-branded segments, totaling more than 65 hours of coverage, originating from two sets in and around Johannesburg.