via press release:
UNIVISION DEPORTES PRESENTS “THE FINAL BATTLE”— UNEQUALED WALL-TO-WALL COVERAGE OF MEXICO’S LAST CHANCE TO PLAY IN 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP™
Two Nail-biting Matches Against New Zealand will Seal Mexico’s Fate; Univision Deportes’ Brings Fans Unprecedented Coverage of all the Action
WHAT: Mexico’s participation in next summer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup™ is on the line, with only two matches left to either advance the team towards Brazil or leave it behind to watch all the action from home. The Mexican National Team, also known as “El Tri,” must battle New Zealand twice this month and win both games in order to stay in the running.
Giving soccer fans the opportunity to root for one of their all-time favorite teams, Univision Deportes presents “La Última Batalla” (The Final Battle) — a week- long, content-packed sports broadcasting event providing wall-to-wall coverage of all the excitement surrounding these two crucial face-offs, with expert commentary and analysis across its sports programming in addition to LIVE telecasts of the Mexico vs. New Zealand matches from Mexico City and Wellington, New Zealand on November 13 and 19, respectively. Univision Deportes Network also brings fans unprecedented coverage with UDN reporting teams on the ground in New Zealand and Mexico until November 20.
WHERE: UNIVISON DEPORTES “THE FINAL BATTLE” COVERAGE:
GAME 1 – ESTADIO AZTECA, MEXICO CITY
On Tuesday, November 12, viewers will get a preview of the all action to come through live segments from Mexico on Univision Deportes Network’s nightly soccer show “Fútbol Club” (7 p.m. and 12 a.m. ET) and “Contacto Deportivo” (UniMás and UDN, 12 a.m. ET), as well as on Univision Network’s “Despierta América” and “Primer Impacto”. The live segments will continue through game day.
Game 1 Day – Wednesday, November 13 — A special noon edition of “Fútbol Club,” live from Mexico City, will start building up the excitement, followed by a pre-game special on UDN and Univision (2 p.m. ET). Then, the first Mexico vs. New Zealand match will air LIVE from Mexico’s Estadio Azteca beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Univision and UDN (rebroadcast at 8 p.m. ET on UDN only). UDN’s “Futbol Club” will provide post-game analysis at 5:30 p.m. ET.
GAME 2 – WESTPAC STADIUM, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Game 2 coverage begins Thursday, November 14 with special segments from New Zealand on “Fútbol Club” (UDN, 7 p.m. ET), and on “Contacto Deportivo” (UniMás/UDN, 12 a.m. ET). The live segments will continue on “Contacto Deportivo” every night including game day. Univision Network shows “Despierta América” and “Primer Impacto” will also air live segments from New Zealand between Nov. 14 and 19.
Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET, Univision Deportes Network will present the first episode of a two-part documentary special on Mexican and New Zealand soccer history—“Mexico vs. Nueva Zelanda: La Última Batalla” (Mexico vs. New Zealand: The Final Battle). Part two, “Nueva Zelanda: La Tierra de los Sueños” (Mexico vs. New Zealand: The Land of Dreams) will air on Monday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Sunday, November 17 brings live segments from New Zealand on “República Deportiva” (Univision Network/UDN, 11 a.m. ET). In addition, “Camino a la Copa” (Road to the Cup) will air at 1 p.m. ET on Univision and UDN.
Game 2 Day – Tuesday, Nov. 19 / Wednesday, Nov. 20 – The hours leading up to the highly anticipated second match are packed with related content on UDN’s “Fútbol Central” (2:30 p.m. ET), “Locura Deportiva” (6 p.m. ET) and “Fútbol Club” (7 and 11 p.m. ET), as well as on “Contacto Deportivo” (UniMás/UDN, 12 a.m. ET). Following a pre-game special on Univision and UDN (12 a.m. ET), the second Mexico vs. New Zealand match will air LIVE from Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand on Wednesday, November 20, beginning at 12:50 a.m. ET (Tuesday, November 19 9:50pm PT) on Univision and UDN, followed by a special edition of “Contacto Deportivo” at 3am ET on UniMás and UDN. Additionally, for the first time ever, Univision Radio will provide coverage of the match, LIVE from New Zealand, on its stations across the U.S.
UnivisionDeportes.com will bring fans live video streaming of both games, plus video highlights, exclusive video blogs and interviews. Extensive news coverage, photos and interactive engaging voting tools are all available on online and through mobile web and app.
Viewers can join the conversation regarding the qualifying Mexico vs. New Zealand games using the hashtag #UDMundial across their social platforms, as well as follow the play-by-play on Twitter via @UnivisionSports. Users may comment along with others on www.facebook.com/univisiondeportes and follow all related content on http://instagram.com/univisiondeportes. Additionally, fans can share their team pride on Instagram by using the hashtag #UDMundial.