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ESPN’s ‘FIFA World Cup Whiparound – Quest to Qualify’ Program is a Valuable Show for Soccer Fans

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During previous international breaks, the sheer amount of international games being televised simultaneously has been overwhelming for soccer fans in the USA.

Yesterday afternoon, for example, there were more than 20 matches shown live on US television or Internet at the same time. However, hats off to ESPN for launching a brand-new feature called FIFA World Cup Whiparound – Quest to Qualify, which was so helpful that it made me wonder why no one had thought of doing it before.

Hosted by Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman, the show jumped around most of the games being played, showing highlights of goals minutes after they went in as well as other key moments in matches. The three hour program, teased by ESPN as taking “fans through several live look-ins to on-the-field action, and offer highlights of key moments in the games (goals, controversial referee decisions, et al) from the topline FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Europe,” was well worth watching. With so many matches available to choose from, the duo of Healey and Twellman provided a valuable service to soccer fans, ensuring that all of the key moments in games were shown.

With more than 17 matches being shown live on US television and Internet on Tuesday afternoon, the FIFA World Cup Whiparound – Quest to Qualify show will return with Healey hosting and a pundit to be determined.

FIFA World Cup Whiparound – Quest to Qualify will be available on ESPN3.

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About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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2 Responses to ESPN’s ‘FIFA World Cup Whiparound – Quest to Qualify’ Program is a Valuable Show for Soccer Fans

  1. Daniel Feuerstein says:

    It was a brilliant idea and I wish I thought it first. So next time ESPN won’t steal it. ;-)

  2. Kobashi says:

    Hopefully in future years it will make one of ESPN’s TV channels instead of internet only. Even if it is on ESPN Classic which only broadcasts in SD.

    It’s a brilliant idea!!!!

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