Thursday, May 9, 2013

FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 coming to ESPN Networks

As soccer coverage continues to increase in the United States, ESPN is doing their best job to include more tournaments to keep Americans interest. The next step in that evolution is to make sure every game of the 2013 Confederations Cup is covered, and ESPN announced that will happen today. Here is the press release.

ESPN’s FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Schedule

All Matches in High Definition on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS will combine to televise all matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, June 15-30, from six cities in Brazil, host nation for next summer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup.  All 16 matches will be available live and for replay on WatchESPN.  Also, ESPN3, the company’s live multi-screen sports network available in 83 million homes, will show several matches.

Live match coverage will begin on Saturday, June 15, on ESPN and WatchESPN with the tournament’s opening match – host country Brazil vs. Japan – at 2:30 p.m. ET from Estádio Nacional in Brasilia.
ESPN and ESPN Mobile TV will air 13 matches, including three group stage contests featuring the Mexican Men’s National Team – vs. Italy (June 16 at 2:30 p.m. ET), vs. Brazil (June 19 at 2:30 p.m.), and vs. Japan (June 22 at 2:30 p.m.).  ESPN2 will televise two matches including the third-place match on June 30 at 11:45 a.m., and ESPNEWS will show one match on Sat., June 22 at 2:30 p.m. – the second of two simultaneous matches in Group B between legendary soccer teams Italy and Brazil.

All Matches in HD:
Confederations Cup matches will be available in high definition on ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD and ESPNEWS HD.  The high definition telecasts will be offered as a simulcast of ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNEWS’ coverage.

ESPN on Demand:
ESPN on Demand will make full-length versions of all matches from the Confederations Cup available for TV and Mobile on Demand, a day after the match is aired live.

Prematch, Halftime and Postmatch Segments:
All FIFA Confederations Cup match telecasts will feature prematch, halftime and postmatch studio segments.  The prematch segments will include the teams walking onto the pitch, the national anthems and ceremonial handshakes – all symbolic tradition of FIFA-sanctioned international matches. ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to present a two-hour pregame studio program leading into the title match on Sunday, June 30.

The Event:
The Confederations Cup is a competitive international tournament featuring champions of the six FIFA Confederations – CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football), UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), CAF (African Football Confederation), CONMEBOL (South American Football Confederation), AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and OFC (Oceana Football Confederation) – and the upcoming host and past winner of the FIFA World Cup.
Originally organized by and held in Saudi Arabia, and known as the King Fahd Cup, the tournament was founded in 1992. FIFA took control of the event in 1997, renaming it the FIFA Confederations Cup and hosting the tournament every two years. It is now contested every four years (since 2005) and it is held one-year prior to the FIFA World Cup.

The Confederation Cup matches will be played in six cities in Brazil – Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.

The teams:
CONCACAF: Mexico – 2011 Gold Cup; Italy – UEFA EURO 2012 Runner-up to Spain; UEFA: Spain – 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions; CONMEBOL: Uruguay2011 Copa America Champions; Brazil – Host (2014 FIFA World Cup); AFC: Japan – 2011 Asian Cup; CAF: Nigeria – 2013 African Cup of Nations Champions; OFC: Tahiti – 2012 OFC Nations Cup.

2013 Confederations Cup Team Groupings
Group AGroup B
Brazil #19Spain #1
Mexico #16Uruguay #17
Italy #8Nigeria #28
Japan #30Tahiti #135
# Current FIFA World Ranking 

2013 Confederations Cup TV Schedule (All times EASTERN) 
Schedule is subject to change
DateTime (ET)MatchupNetworks
Sat, June 152:30 p.m.Brazil vs. JapanESPN/WatchESPN
Sun, June 162:30 p.m.Mexico vs. ItalyESPN/WatchESPN
 5:45 p.m.Spain vs. UruguayESPN/WatchESPN
Mon, June 172:45 p.m.Tahiti vs. NigeriaESPN/WatchESPN
Wed, June 192:30 p.m.Brazil vs. MexicoESPN/WatchESPN
 5:45 p.m.Italy vs. JapanESPN/WatchESPN
Thu, June 202:45 p.m.Spain vs. TahitiESPN/WatchESPN
 5:45 p.m.Nigeria vs. UruguayESPN/WatchESPN
Sat, June 222:30 p.m.Japan vs. MexicoESPN/WatchESPN
 2:30 p.m.Italy vs. BrazilESPNEWS
Sun, June 232:30 p.m.Nigeria vs. SpainESPN/WatchESPN
 2:30 p.m.Uruguay vs. TahitiESPN2/WatchESPN
Wed, June 262:30 p.m.Semifinal I – A1 vs. B2ESPN/WatchESPN
Thu, June 272:30 p.m.Semifinal II – B1 vs. A2ESPN/WatchESPN
Sun, June 3011:45 a.m.3rd Place MatchESPN2/WatchESPN
 5:30 p.m.Title MatchESPN/WatchESPN

ESPN and Soccer in the United States:
ESPN is committed to offering comprehensive coverage of the world’s premier soccer events in the United States.  ESPN is the English-language television home – and other languages, except Spanish – in the U.S. for the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup and other FIFA events through 2014.  The media company is also the English- and Spanish-language home of the UEFA European Football Championship through 2016™, and a collection of FIFA World Cup qualifying matches from UEFA nations – Spain, Germany, France and more.  ESPN’s multimedia platforms also provide extensive coverage of a myriad of top-tier international leagues and Major League Soccer in the U.S., as well as telecasts of the United States National Team matches, international friendlies, and more.


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