Category: World Cup

ESPN could be go-to network for World Cup analysis instead of rights holder FOX Sports

For immediate analysis on TV after the FIFA World Cup Draw wrapped up on December 1, soccer fans in the United States had several choices to choose from. For most of them, the easiest way was to continue watching the coverage on FOX Sports 1. However, the viewers “voted” by watching the analysis on a completely different network — one that doesn’t even have the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup. The World Cup Draw wrap-up show on ESPN2 was watched by more viewers than the Draw itself on FS1. And importantly, ESPN2’s broadcast doubled the viewership from FS1’s post ... Read more

World Cup 2018: What to expect from Groups A through H

The World Cup draw took place at the Kremlin on Friday. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from all eight groups as the buildup to next summer’s tournament kicks into high gear. Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay This is a remarkably weak group. It has the lowest ELO score of all the groups by a substantial margin, and Nate Silver tweeted that the Russians couldn’t have done much better if they had tried to rig the draw. With that in mind: this group should have plenty of intrigue, the soul-sapping prospect of an opening game between Russia ... Read more

World Cup TV coverage FAQ: Answering questions about Russia 2018 TV schedule

For soccer fans in the United States, we’ve compiled all of the details about the World Cup TV schedule and World Cup TV coverage in one place. Plus we’ve answered several questions from you, the readers, so you have all of the information you need at your fingertips. World Cup TV coverage FAQ:   Q: Who will be showing World Cup 2018 for viewers in the United States? A: FOX Sports has the exclusive English-language rights to World Cup 2018, while Telemundo has the exclusive Spanish-language rights to World Cup 2018.   Q: How many games will be televised live ... Read more

Telemundo Deportes reveals more World Cup TV coverage details

Ahead of Friday’s FIFA World Cup Draw that will be televised live on Telemundo and Universo beginning at 9:30am ET, Telemundo Deportes has announced more details regarding its coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With the network having the exclusive Spanish-language TV rights in the United States, Telemundo Deportes will televise 56 of the 64 World Cup games on Telemundo, which is available as an over-the-air channel as well as on many cable and satellite providers. Of the eight matches that Telemundo Deportes will not be showing on the Telemundo channel, those games will be shown live on Universo ... Read more

FIFA World Cup Draw to air live on Telemundo Deportes and Universo on December 1

The official draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be televised live in the United States on Telemundo Deportes and Universo on Friday, December 1. With the coverage beginning at 9:30am ET, soccer fans in the United States will finally learn which nations will be matched with other countries and what the schedule will look like for the first two weeks of the competition. The level of anticipation for the FIFA World Cup Draw is always intense. And Telemundo Deportes will have their talent and camera crews in Russia at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow to bring the ... Read more

What are the kickoff times for World Cup 2018?

For soccer fans wanting to plan ahead for the summer tournament, what are the kickoff times for World Cup 2018? The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played in Russia from June 14 to July 15 with 32 of the top countries from around the world competing to be crowned the best soccer nation on the planet. For soccer fans in the United States, the games will be shown across several TV networks including FOX, FS1, FS2 and Telemundo as well as Universo. Plus there’ll be a ton of legal streaming options available. As far as the kickoff times are ... Read more

Italy didn’t deserve to qualify for World Cup after poor performances in qualification

Welcome to the apocalypse. For the first time since 1958, Italy has failed to qualify for the World Cup. It’s a shock to the system. No team apart from Germany had qualified more World Cups consecutively, and only one, Brazil, has won the tournament more times. Italy is a giant of world soccer in a way that only a handful of other countries are. Italy’s absence from Russia next summer was confirmed on Monday night at the San Siro in Milan, where the Italians were held scoreless by a determined Sweden and condemned to aggregate defeat by Jakob Johansson’s deflected ... Read more

World Cup qualifying play-offs: Eight European teams desperate for a place in Russia

International football is back in focus over the next fortnight, with an array of friendlies to be played across the globe. However, competitive action is also on the menu, as World Cup qualifying playoffs will take place to determine which teams will complete the line-up in Russia next summer. The European clashes will capture the attention, with a number of historic nations playing for the right to step out in the global tournament next year. The two-legged affairs are set to take place over the next week, with the first encounters to start from Thursday night. For those betting on ... Read more