ESPN Announces World Cup TV Commentator Assignments For June 20-26

ESPN has announced its World Cup TV commentator assignments for the second week of coverage from Brazil, from June 20 to June 26.

There are few surprises in the assignments for the final games of the Group Stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will commentate the US-Portugal and US-Germany games, while Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno will announce the Mexico-Croatia game. Meanwhile, Ian Darke and Steve McManaman will announce the England-Costa Rica match.

One pleasant surprise is the introduction of Craig Burley as the co-commentator for the Bosnia-Iran game on June 25.

Here are the commentator assignments:

Friday, June 20
Italy vs Costa Rica, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Derek Rae & Kasey Keller
Switzerland vs France, 3pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Daniel Mann & Efan Ekoku
Honduras vs Ecuador, 6pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Fernando Palomo & Alejandro Moreno

Saturday, June 21
Argentina vs Iran, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Adrian Healey & Roberto Martinez
Germany vs Ghana, 3pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
Nigeria vs Bosnia, 6pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Daniel Mann & Efan Ekoku

Sunday, June 22
Belgium vs Russia, Noon ET, ABC and Watch ABC; Derek Rae & Efan Ekoku
South Korea vs Algeria, 3pm ET, ABC and Watch ABC; Daniel Mann & Kasey Keller
USA vs Portugal, 6pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Ian Darke & Taylor Twellman

Monday, June 23
Holland vs Chile, Noon ET, ESPN and Watch ESPN; Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
Australia vs Spain, Noon ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN; Daniel Mann & Kasey Keller
Croatia vs Mexico, 4pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Fernando Palomo & Alejandro Moreno
Cameroon vs Brazil, 4pm ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN; Adrian Healey & Efan Ekoku   

Tuesday, June 24
Costa Rica vs England, Noon ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN; Ian Darke & Steve McManaman
Italy vs Uruguay, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
Japan vs Colombia, 4pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Daniel Mann & Taylor Twellman
Greece vs Ivory Coast, 4pm ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN; Derek Rae & Kasey Keller     

Wednesday, June 25
Nigeria vs Argentina, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Derek Rae & Efan Ekoku
Bosnia vs Iran, Noon ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN; Daniel Mann & Craig Burley
Honduras vs Switzerland, 4pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Fernando Palomo & Kasey Keller
Ecuador vs France, 4pm ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN; Adrian Healey & Alejandro Moreno     

Thursday, June 26
Portugal vs Ghana, Noon ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN; Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
USA vs Germany, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Ian Darke & Taylor Twellman
South Korea vs Belgium, 4pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Adrian Healey & Alejandro Moreno
Algeria vs Russia, 4pm ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN; Derek Rae & Efan Ekoku

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16 thoughts on “ESPN Announces World Cup TV Commentator Assignments For June 20-26”

  1. I don’t think there can be any debate now whether or not Ian Darke is bias his commentary today was very pro England but in my opinion that’s ok because he’s English. Its his commentary on the US games that I can’t stand. Makes it seem at least to me like he sold out for the dollar.

    Jon Champion and Derek Rae have been stars this cup.

    Jon Champion’s call for the Spain and Holland game was the highlight for me. After Robben scored the fifth “ITS FIVE! ITS A LAAAANDSLIDE! Lol great call.

    And Derek Rae just has a way with words. Simply the best IMO.

  2. Baffled at the praise ESPN has been getting. It’s basically the Alexi Lalas show. Awful. People like Ballack and Gilberto bring nothing because they cannot communicate well in English.

    Darke’s US pimping has been embarrassing,

    1. Lalas is the only weak link for me (other than twellman’s commentary on the odd match). Annoyingly he is almost always on.

      1. That’s the point though – they have chosen to center their coverage around Lalas. By definition that means the coverage is largely terrible.

        I know a lot of people don’t like the guy but Max Bretos is by far the most talented and knowledgeable footy guy at ESPN and he’s been invisible.

        1. Yes, one analyst brings down the ENTIRE presentation (commentators, shows, presentation, you name it) of how ESPN presents this World Cup. Give me a spell….

          If we use your logic & take it to its natural extreme, EVERY presentation of ANY sport on ANY network would be “largely terrible”. I’m not saying ESPN’s coverage has been perfect (no coverage can ever be perfect), but it’s not as diabolical & dramatic as you’re making it out to be.

          BTW, the opposite of “US pimping” is what England fans saw when Phil Neville commentated their 1st game on the BBC. Seeing that official complaints were made about him, people don’t like commentators to be monotone (as you want them to be) when commentating their countries games…

  3. Jon Champion is the best announcer. ESPN has done a great job at this World Cup. What would you rather have- Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda on Fox?

  4. As you can gather, Daniel Mann doing that many games indicates aren’t doing every match at the stadium, but at the IBC in Rio.

  5. ESPN needs to get rid of the British commentators, including Ian Darke. Their terminology is horrible for promoting the popularity of soccer in the USA; they make it seem like a foreign game. Even commentators like Fernando Palomo & Alejandro Moreno know that the number 0 is “zero” or “nothing” (not some foreign term like “nil”). And they know that USA has (not “have”) the ball. To a lesser extent, it should be “fans” (rather than “supporters”) and “team” (not “side”). I much prefer hearing American terms for an American audience.

    1. You don’t hear people complain about the use of the word ‘love’ in tennis instead of zero or nothing and all the different words in golf for how many shows above or below par it took to get the ball in the hole.

  6. USA vs Portugal with Ian Darke & Taylor Twellman ??? REALLY ????
    Univision here I come again.

    Please get them reassigned for the USA vs Germany game. Is there a subchannel with French/German/Italian even Russian would be better?
    So sad with several so much better Football experts on the commentary staff.

  7. Please thank Ian Darker for a doing such a fine job as commentator for the soccer world cup. He may be the line person that may open the eyes of Americans to the world of soccer !

  8. Get Efan Ekoku out of there! Such irresponsible comments about the officiating — fans of the game want to see the talent come out in the game and not be stifled by scissor tackles!

  9. I have watched two games now with Fernando Palomo & Alejandro Moreno.. I could hardly understand one word.. If we want soccer here get American commentators

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