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TV Schedule for Euro '08 Group Stage

 The long wait for Euro 2008 is just about over as we’re roughly 17 hours away from kickoff in the tournament opener between Switzerland, the co-host, and the Czech Republic.

The group stage will end on June 18, with two games played every day until that date. Starting Sunday, June 15, both games will kick off at 2:45 PM here on the East Coast so as to prevent the possibility of any sort of outside shenanigans that could unsportingly influence the outcome of the final group standings.

ABC and ESPN have the exclusive television rights in this country, and each of the tournament’s 31 games will be broadcasted on the “family of networks” — ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, and ABC. They’ve brought an expert group of commentators to work these matches, with the familiar pairing of Derek Rae and Tommy Smyth on the call for the first game of the day, and Adrian Healey and Sky Sports’ Andy Gray for the second, until June 15 when games begin at the same time as I mentioned earlier.

With these things in mind, here’s the complete TV schedule for the group stage of Euro 2008 (all times Eastern):

Saturday, June 7:
Switzerland vs. Czech Republic (ESPN Classic, Noon)
Portugal vs. Turkey (ESPN Classic, 2:45)

Sunday, June 8:
Austria vs. Croatia (ESPN2, Noon)
Germany vs. Poland (ESPN2, 2:45)

Monday, June 9:
Romania vs. France (ESPN2, Noon)
Holland vs. Italy (ESPN2, 2:45)

Tuesday, June 10:
Spain vs. Russia (ESPN2, Noon)
Greece vs. Sweden (ESPN2, 2:45)

Wednesday, June 11:
Czech Republic vs. Portugal (ESPN2, Noon)
Switzerland vs. Turkey (ESPN2, 2:45)

Thursday, June 12:
Croatia vs. Germany (ESPN2, Noon)
Austria vs. Poland (ESPN2, 2:45)

Friday, June 13:
Italy vs. Romania (ESPN2, Noon)
Holland vs. France (ESPN2, 2:45)

Saturday, June 14:
Sweden vs. Spain (ESPN2, Noon)
Greece vs. Russia (ESPN2, 2:45)

Sunday, June 15:
Turkey vs. Czech Republic (ESPN Classic, 2:45)
Switzerland vs. Portugal (ESPN2, 2:45)

Monday, June 16:
Poland vs. Croatia (ESPN Classic, 2:45)
Austria vs. Germany (ESPN, 2:45)

Tuesday, June 17:
France vs. Italy (ESPN, 2:45)
Holland vs. Romania (ESPN Classic, 2:45)

Wednesday, June 18:
Russia vs. Sweden (ESPN2, 2:45)
Greece vs. Spain (ESPN, 2:45)

I’ll post the TV schedule for the knockout rounds immediately following the Greece-Spain game on the 18th.

Remember, starting Sunday, you can find daily recaps of the previous day’s action and brief looks ahead to the two games that day here at EPL Talk.

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  1. Ryan

    June 7, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Seriously ESPN get Julie Foudy out of the studio and just let Andy Gray talk.

  2. tampasoccerfan

    June 7, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Wow, ESPN got Andy Gray as a commentator/analyst? Amazing! Great job! Well done, ESPN!

  3. CFTV

    June 7, 2008 at 10:54 am

    I have no problem with MLS playing through the schedule. Frankly for the clubs to survive they have play in the spring, summer, and into the fall months because the teams would die on the vine if they played on the world schedule. The league has franchises now that don’t draw great numbers in the Summer could you imagine being in an empty Giants Stadim the middle of January for a Fire/Red Bulls match? I am of the belief that MLS has to let their best players go with no strings attached for International Duty. International Football takes precedence over the MLS all the time. Its ridiculous that Bradley has to bend his schedule and preperation of the the National Team for MLS. What kind of relationships do FA’s outside of the United States have with MLS teams in terms of selection of squads.

    I love that there is no offseason for soccer fans in the US. And really is there ever really an offseason in soccer as every summer there is tournaments throughout June. Intertoto Cup qualifiying in July. The transfer market will get heated in July. Soccer never really stops as there is always games going on somewhere at a decent level unlike our gridiron that is in dead season from the end of January to August!

  4. Kartik

    June 7, 2008 at 10:03 am

    The other sports thankfully for me aren’t a problem at this time of year besides Golf. I don’t watch the NBA or MLB in the least so I do not care. Next week however is the US Open and I clear my work and family schedule to watch that start to finish.

  5. Kartik

    June 7, 2008 at 10:02 am

    MLS could be dead in this environment and deserves to die. How many teams have full squads for the next month. Yet MLS not only play through the international calender but actually increases the schedule do that the participating teams in Superliga can have a few weeks off during that tournament.

    The US MNT is still substantially more supported and popular than MLS and right now the league is digging its own grave with the fans it needs, because not only do they keep playing through the US matches but even worse Bob Bradley clearly is choosing his squad around the MLS schedule meaning our full national team HAS HARDLY EVER IF EVER PLAYED TOGETHER ENTERING QUALIFYING. What other nation has this problem? I bet none.

  6. eplnfl

    June 7, 2008 at 9:15 am


    Club or Country may become a problem with the fan in the near future. How can one keep up with the so called soccer off season. In Chicago this weekend we have the Fire with a home game and Mexico playing Peru in a friendly. BTW, Ericksson will not coach but is in town. I guess he’s trying to meet with Obama. lol!

    And I have four Euro 08 games on ESPN this weekend. All of this with the Cubs and Sox in first place, the NBA finals going on, the Belmont Stakes and a chance for history, and I know I’m forgetting something. You see why I was up at 5:30am on a Saturday to do my workout!

  7. Kartik

    June 7, 2008 at 6:37 am


    I should not be saying this but take a few weeks off from MLS. They ought not to be playing through all of this. The fact that MLS would schedule matches at the VERY SAME TIME AS THE US AND CANADA PLAYS INTERNATIONAL MATCHES deems it unworthy of our support until the internationals conclude.

  8. eplnfl

    June 6, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    The only problem I have is soccer fans in the US have no off season! It’s a really problem. By the time Euro 08 ends the pre-season in Europe starts, and we have the MLS in full swing and then the summer games with the US having medal chances in both Mens and Womens soccer.
    I actually have thought about making a vacation period from soccer, it’s that good or bad, can’t really tell. But it’s all fun!

  9. Michael

    June 6, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Sorry about that, that was from my own website.

  10. Chad

    June 6, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    “Remember, starting Sunday, you can find daily recaps of the previous day’s action and brief looks ahead to the two games that day here at English Soccer Talk.”

    English Soccer Talk??

  11. Kartik

    June 6, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    ESPN also has all the US qualifiers this month, so it’s going to be a busy month of soccer on the network!

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