ESPN and ESPN Deportes Commentator Assignments for UEFA EURO 2012

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June 6th, 2012

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ESPN and ESPN Deportes Commentator Assignments for UEFA EURO 2012
 
ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the UEFA European Football Championship (June 8-July 1) will feature all 31 matches televised live and in high definition in English on ESPN and ESPN2, as well as 27 matches live with four tape-delayed in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.   Additional coverage includes ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN Deportes Radio.  Today, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer Jed Drake announced the ESPN commentator assignments for the group stage of the tournament. Highlights:
 
Key matchups in the group stage:
  • On Saturday, June 9, at 2:45 p.m., Derek Rae and Kasey Keller (ESPN), and Jorge Ramos and Hernan Pereyra (ESPN Deportes) will call Germany vs. Portugal.  Germany has beaten Portugal in their last two matches – at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008.  Each team will need a result in the first of their three Group B matches.
  • Spain vs. Italy (Sun, June 10 at 12 p.m. on ESPN) – a matchup between the last two FIFA World Cup champions in their first Group C match, where both teams are favored to advance – will feature Ian Darke and Steve McManaman (English), and Fernando Palomo and Rafa Puente (Spanish).
  • Traditional powers in European soccer – France vs. England – are entering the tournament with a recent history of underachieving in marquee tournaments. Monday, June 11, telecast on ESPN will feature Darke and McManaman at 12 p.m.  Ramos and Pereyra will call the match on ESPN Deportes.
  • Darke and McManaman (ESPN) and Palomo and Puente (ESPN Deportes) will call Netherlands vs. Germany on Wed., June 13, at 2:45 p.m. ET – the matchup of traditional European rivals and two of the top teams in the world playing in the second of three matches in Group B, the tournament’s “group of death.”
  • Adrian Healey and Robbie Mustoe (ESPN2), and Ramos and Pereyra (ESPN Deportes) will call the Italy vs. Republic of Ireland match on Monday, June 18 – a rematch of the 1994 FIFA World Cup when Ireland upset Italy at Giants Stadium at the Meadowlands.
 
UEFA EURO 2012 will mark most comprehensive coverage of the three-week competition by any media company in the United States. In 2008, ESPN2, ESPN, ESPN Classic and ABC combined to present live all 31 matches of the UEFA European Football Championship.  ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language home of the championship, also televised all 31 matches – four on tape-delay.
 
Match schedule (Subject to change):
 
Date Time (ET) Match Networks
Fri, June 8 12 p.m. Poland vs. Greece

Ian Darke and Steve McManaman
Fernando Palomo and Rafa Puente
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Russia vs. Czech Republic

Derek Rae and Kasey Keller
Ricardo Ortiz and Tato Noriega
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 9 12 p.m. Netherlands vs. Denmark

Adrian Healey and Robbie Mustoe
Palomo and Puente
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Germany vs. Portugal

Rae and Keller
Jorge Ramos and Hernan Pereyra
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Sun, June 10 12 p.m. Spain vs. Italy

Darke and McManaman
Palomo and Puente
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Republic of Ireland vs. Croatia

Healey and Mustoe
Ortiz and Noriega
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Mon, June 11 12 p.m. France vs. England

Darke and McManaman
Ramos and Pereyra
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Ukraine vs. Sweden

Rae and Keller
Palomo and Puente
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Tue, June 12 12 p.m. Greece vs. Czech Republic

Healey and Mustoe
Jose Hernandez and Noriega
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Poland vs. Russia

Rae and Keller
Richard Mendez and Puente
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Wed, June 13 12 p.m. Denmark vs. Portugal

Healey and Mustoe
Ramos and Pereyra
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Netherlands vs. Germany

Darke and McManaman
Palomo and Puente
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Thu, June 14 12 p.m. Italy vs. Croatia

Rae and Taylor Twellman
Ortiz and Noriega
ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Spain vs. Republic of Ireland

Darke and McManaman
Palomo and Puente
ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Fri, June 15 12 p.m. Ukraine vs. France

Rae and Twellman
Palomo and Puente
ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Sweden vs. England

Healey and Mustoe
Ramos and Pereyra
ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 16 2:45 p.m. Czech Republic vs. Poland

Rae and Twellman
Mendez and Puente
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Greece vs. Russia

Healey and Mustoe
Ortiz and Barak Fever
ESPN2 / ESPN3 /

ESPN Deportes at 5 p.m.
Sun, June 17 2:45 p.m. Portugal vs. Netherlands

TBD***
Ramos and Pereyra
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Denmark vs. Germany

TBD***
Hernandez and Puente
ESPN2 / ESPN3 /

ESPN Deportes at 5 p.m.
Mon, June 18 2:45 p.m. Croatia vs. Spain

Rae and Twellman
Palomo and Puente
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Italy vs. Republic of Ireland

Healey and Mustoe
Ramos and Pereyra
ESPN2 / ESPN3 /

ESPN Deportes at 5 p.m.
Tue, June 19 2:45 p.m. England vs. Ukraine

Darke and McManaman
Hernandez and Noriega
ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Sweden vs. France

Rae and Twellman
Ortiz and Fever
ESPN2 / ESPN3 /

ESPN Deportes at 5 p.m.
 
* ESPN Deportes match coverage will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
* ESPN and ESPN match coverage begins at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
* Each of the two commentator teams – Darke and McManaman, and Healey and Mustoe – will call the matches
 
  • Maximiliano bringuier montoya

    POR QUE ROONEY NO ESTA JUGANDO??????????
    Y LAMPARD!!????

  • jorge salas

    Porque si espn trae la euro en hd para su audiencia en ingles, la se#al en espa#ol es tv regular????? me siento discriminado!!!!!

  • Martina

    Which one of the two commentators doesn’t know the difference between the Dutch and the Danes? Germany is playing Denmark/ Danes, not the Netherlands/ Dutch.

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