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Schedule of ESPN TV Commentators For FIFA World Cup 2014: June 12-19

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ESPN has announced its schedule of commentators for the live World Cup matches that will be shown on US television from June 12-19. Commentator assignments will be made at a later date for the other matches.

Lead play-by-play commentator Ian Darke and analyst Steve McManaman will call the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup – Brazil vs. Croatia – from Sao Paulo on Thursday, June 11, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

Darke and Macca will call the England games, while Darke and Taylor Twellman will be the announcers for the USMNT matches. ESPN have teamed up Jon Champion and Stewart Robson for many of the games featuring European teams, while Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno team up for games involving Mexico.

Out of all of the games thus far, the biggest surprise is that Roberto Martinez will co-commentate the Argentina against Bosnia game. Martinez was earmarked as a studio analyst, but it’ll be a great pleasure to hear him co-commentate a game.

ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the tournament will include all 64 matches televised live on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPN3 and WatchESPN (and ESPN Radio), as well as 54 matches on ESPN Deportes and another 10 on ESPN Deportes+.

Here’s the TV schedule:

World Cup 2014 Broadcast TV Schedule

Thursday, June 12
Brazil vs Croatia, 4pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Ian Darke & Steve McManaman

Friday, June 13
Mexico vs Cameroon, Noon ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN; Fernando Palomo & Alejandro Moreno
Spain vs Holland, 3pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
Chile vs Australia, 6pm ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN; Daniel Mann & Kasey Keller

Saturday, June 14
Colombia vs Greece, Noon ET, ABC and Watch ABC; Adrian Healey & Taylor Twellman
Uruguay vs Costa Rica, 3pm ET, ABC and Watch ABC; Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
England vs Italy, 6pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Ian Darke & Steve McManaman
Ivory Coast vs Japan, 9pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN[ Derek Rae & Efan Ekoku

Sunday, June 15
Switzerland vs Ecuador, Noon ET, ABC and Watch ABC; Adrian Healey & Alejandro Moreno
France vs Honduras, 3pm ET, ABC and Watch ABC; Daniel Mann & Kasey Keller
Argentina vs Bosnia, 6pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Derek Rae & Roberto Martinez

Monday, June 16
Germany vs Portugal, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
Iran vs Nigeria, 3pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Derek Rae & Efan Ekoku
Ghana vs USA, 6pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Ian Darke & Taylor Twellman

Tuesday, June 17
Belgium vs Algeria, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Adrian Healey & Efan Ekoku
Brazil vs Mexico, 3pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Fernando Palomo & Alejandro Moreno
Russia vs South Korea, 6pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Daniel Mann & Kasey Keller

Wednesday, June 18
Australia vs Holland, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
Spain vs Chile, 3pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Ian Darke & Steve McManaman
Cameroon vs Croatia, 6pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Derek Rae & Kasey Keller

Thursday, June 19
Colombia vs Ivory Coast, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Adrian Healey & Alejandro Moreno
Uruguay vs England, 3pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Ian Darke & Steve McManaman
Japan vs Greece, 6pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Daniel Mann & Efan Ekoku

Let us know your feedback on the commentators that ESPN have selected for the games announce thus far in the comments section below.

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