By Paul Kennedy and Ridge Mahoney Ian Darke
and Stewart Robson
lead ESPN's coverage of the 2013 Confederations Cup that kicks off Saturday in Brazil with the host country playing Japan.
Among the games Darke and Robson will do are the opening and
title matches. Fernando Palomo
and Alejandro Moreno
will call Mexican national team matches, while Adrian Healey
and Kasey Keller
will work other games. Bob Ley
anchor all Confederations Cup studio programs – pre-game, halftime, post-game and in-between match shows. He'll be joined by a rotating group of analysts that includes Alexi Lalas
, Steve McManaman
, Roberto Martinez
, Jose Antonio
, Rubens Pozzi
ESPN’s coverage of the Confederations Cup will include 30-minute pre-game shows leading into
the first match each day (except on June 17 and 20) and 45-minute programs in-between doubleheader matches. Confederations Cup, Group Stage: Saturday, June 15
Brazil vs. Japan, 3 p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN Sunday, June 16
Mexico vs. Italy 3
p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN
Spain vs. Uruguay 6 p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN Monday, June 17
Tahiti vs. Nigeria 3 p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN Wednesday, June 19
Brazil vs. Mexico 3 p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN
Italy vs. Japan 6 p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN Thursday,
Spain vs. Tahiti 3 p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN
Nigeria vs. Uruguay 6 p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN Saturday, June 22
Japan vs. Mexico
3 p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN
Italy vs. Brazil 3 p.m. ET ESPNEWS Sunday, June 23
Nigeria vs. Spain 3 p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN
Tahiti 3 p.m. ET ESPN2/WatchESPN CLASSIC CONFEDERATIONS CUP.
ESPN Classic will air on Friday all U.S. national team games for the 2009 Confederations
Cup, where it finished second.
Coverage will include USA-Egypt (noon ET), USA-Spain (2 pm ET) and the USA-Brazil final (4 pm ET).
After losing its first two group games
against Italy and Brazil, the USA went into its last game against Egypt needing a big win and lots of help to have any chance of advancing. A 3-0 victory over Egypt and Brazil’s defeat of Italy
by the same score edged the Americans into the semifinals on goal difference.
Spain was riding a 35-match unbeaten streak heading into the match, yet the Americans parlayed goals by Jozy Altidore
and Clint Dempsey
plus some stout defending to prevail, 2-0. In the final goals by Dempsey and Landon Donovan
staked the Americans to a 2-0 lead but Brazil rallied to win, 3-2.
Dempsey finished tied for second in scoring with three goals, and
keeper Tim Howard
won the adidas Golden Glove award. The second-place finish is the highest ever attained by a U.S. men’s team in a major FIFA
tournament. BUD MAN OF THE MATCH IS BACK.
Long-time FIFA sponsor Budweiser is re-launching “FIFA Man of
Match, presented by Budweiser” for the Confederations Cup that kicks off Saturday.
While some companies are waiting until next year’s World Cup to activate their
sponsorships, Budweiser is getting going early with its new Man of the Match programming, which will also be featured during the World Cup.
Budweiser has expanded the voting platforms
so fans will now be able to cast their vote through iOS and Android mobile apps, on the Budweiser
Facebook pages and by tweeting the winner (hashtag #FIFA[three-letter country code][player jersey number] at @FIFAcom
. Voting begins at the start of the
second half and closes at the end of each match. Camilo Durana
, global director of Budweiser Sports and Entertainment, says the goal "to
make participation more accessible than ever before. By introducing new voting platforms, we hope that more football fans across the globe will have a chance to get closer to the game they
love.” BEIN SPORT MATCHES MAKE TWITTER TOP 10.
BeIN SPORT posted three programs in the top 10 -- including the Argentina-Colombia World Cup
qualifier in the No. 1 spot -- in SocialGuide’s Twitter TV rankings of television programming for June 7.
The Jamaica-USA qualifier ranked fifth and Bolivia-Venezuela match
SocialGuide captures and analyzes conversations for all U.S. TV programs across 238 channels.
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