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FIFA WORLD CUP Three Games Every Day; U.S. vs. Slovenia Friday, June 18 Coverage June 16 to Commemorate Youth Day in South Africa
The FIFA World Cup continues in South Africa with three games each day through Monday, June 21, including the U.S. vs. Slovenia on Friday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m. ET in a key Group C matchup.
On Wednesday, June 16, South Africa celebrates “Youth Day” to commemorate the 1976 Soweto riots, and ESPN’s coverage will include live studio presence in Soweto, the centerpiece of the nation’s anti-Apartheid struggle, with features highlighting the day international opinion turned against Apartheid. Host Mike Tirico, former South African national team player and ESPN World Cup studio analyst Shaun Bartlett, ESPN South Africa culture consultant Moss Tau, and reporters Sal Masekela and Julie Foudy will originate from Soweto. Highlights:
- “The Voices of South Africa: Soweto” – ESPN’s signature series features a portrait of the Soweto uprising.
- Sharpeville – An episode of “Umlando: Sharing Through My Father’s Eyes,” a 10-part series of Hugh and Sal Masekela’s journey through South Africa, captures the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre. Sal participates in the annual ceremonial “cleaning of the graves” where people gather at sunrise to pay tribute to the 69 people killed March 21, 1960, when South African police opened fire on a peaceful anti-Apartheid protest.
- Masana Sam Nzima – ESPN’s human interest reporter Masekela profiles Masana Sam Nzima – the photographer who shot the iconic picture of Mbuyisa Makhubu carrying Hector Peterson’s body away from the rioting crowd in Soweto on June 16, 1976.
- The Man Who Marched – A first-hand account of the result of the South African government introducing mandatory use of Afrikaans language in black school systems. On June 16, 1976, more than 1,000 students gathered to protest, marching to Orlando stadium to list their grievances.
- The Apartheid Museum – Tau takes Foudy through the Apartheid Museum and shares first-hand experiences of Apartheid.
- What is Youth Day? – A feature explaining “Youth Day” is observed not as a day of mourning but as a day of remembrance, and celebration.
|Tue 6/15||7:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN Radio||New Zealand vs. SlovakiaHealey and HarkesDyer and Messing - *||F||Rustenburg|
|9:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN Radio||Ivory Coast vs. PortugalDarke and EkokuDellacamera and Smyth - *||G||Port Elizabeth|
|2 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio||Brazil vs. Korea DPRTyler and McCoist Davis and Martino - *||G||Johannesburg|
|Wed 6/16||7:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio||Honduras vs. ChileHealey and HarkesDavis and Martino - *||H||Nelspruit|
|9:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio||Spain vs. SwitzerlandRae and MustoeDellacamera and Smyth - *||H||Durban|
|2 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio||South Africa vs. UruguayTyler and McCoistDyer and Messing - *||A||Pretoria|
|Thu 6/17||7 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio||Argentina vs. Korea Rep.Darke and HarkesDellacamera and Smyth - *||B||Johannesburg|
|9:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio||Greece vs. Nigeria Rae and Mustoe Davis and Martino - *||B||Bloemfontein|
|2 p.m.||ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio||France vs. MexicoHealey and EkokuDyer and Messing - *||A||Polokwane|
|Fri 6/18||7 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio||Germany vs. SerbiaRae and Mustoe Davis and Martino - *||D||Port Elizabeth|
|9:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio||Slovenia vs. USADarke and Harkes Dellacamera and Smyth - *||C||Johannesburg|
|2 p.m.||ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio||England vs. AlgeriaTyler and McCoistDyer and Messing - *||C||Cape Town|
|Sat 6/19||7 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio||Netherlands vs. JapanRae and MustoeDellacamera and Smyth - *||E||Durban|
|9:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio||Ghana vs. AustraliaHealey and HarkesDavis and Martino - *||D||Rustenburg|
|2 p.m.||ABC/ESPN Radio||Cameroon vs. DenmarkDarke and EkokuDyer and Messing - *||E||Pretoria|
|Sun 6/20||7 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio||Slovakia vs. ParaguayHealey and Harkes Dyer and Messing - *||F||Bloemfontein|
|9:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio||Italy vs. New ZealandDarke and McCoist Davis and Martino - *||F||Nelspruit|
|2 p.m.||ABC/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio||Brazil vs. Ivory CoastTyler and EkokuDellacamera and Smyth - *||G||Johannesburg|
|Mon 6/21||7 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio||Portugal vs. Korea DPRHealey and HarkesDyer and Messing - *||G||Cape Town|
|9:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio||Chile vs. SwitzerlandRae and Mustoe Davis and Martino - *||H||Port Elizabeth|
|2 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio||Spain vs. HondurasTyler and McCoist Dellacamera and Smyth - *||H||Johannesburg|
* - ESPN Radio commentators