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ESPN announces commentators for Euro 2016 quarterfinals


Anticipation is building for the Euro 2016 quarterfinals, which will be televised live Thursday through Sunday (see TV listings below).

Now that the Euro 2016 Round of 16 games are complete, the list of match commentators has been condensed. That means that Steve McManaman, Derek Rae, Alejandro Moreno, Kate Markgraf and Max Bretos will sit out, while heavy hitters Jon Champion, Stewart Robson, Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will call the games.

Here’s the schedule of ESPN’s match commentators for Euro 2016 quarterfinals:

Poland vs. Portugal, Thursday, ESPN2, 3pm ET — Jon Champion and Stewart Robson

Wales vs. Belgium, Friday, ESPN2, 3pm ET — Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman

Germany vs. Italy, Saturday, ESPN2, 3pm ET — Jon Champion and Stewart Robson

France vs. Iceland, Sunday, ESPN, 3pm ET — Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman

In the studio, Santiago Solari will return after taking some time off to coach the Real Madrid U19 team, while ESPN studio analyst Vincent Kompany will leave at some point during the next week to prepare for preseason training with Manchester City.

In his final day with ESPN, Host Mike Tirico will be hosting coverage of the Poland-Portugal quarterfinal (Thursday, 2:30pm ET) and post-match UEFA EURO 2016 Tonight studio show (5pm ET) from Paris before saying goodbye to his Euro 2016 coverage and 25 years at ESPN. Tirico will be joining NBC Sports, where it’s quite possible he may make some cameo appearances on NBCSN’s Premier League coverage if/when Rebecca Lowe isn’t available during the season.

In other news, ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer Amy Rosenfeld, who is responsible for all soccer events on ESPN’s TV and digital networks, hopes that the weather in Paris will improve this weekend so that the talent can use the outdoor tactical analysis screens more than they’ve been used thus far. June has been a wet month in Paris so far, which has kept the talent and camera crews mostly indoors.

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  1. Portugal fan

    August 13, 2016 at 2:23 pm


  2. Portugal fan

    August 13, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Stop bashing Portugal. Yes they lost but still euro 2016 winners. Comentators — don’t be so biased. Others like to enjoy the game without having to mute it.

    • uran1d10t

      August 13, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      wow you’re only about 40 days or so late to defend Portugal.

      • Portugal fan

        August 13, 2016 at 6:05 pm

        I’m talking about olympics rio 2016 Germany vs Portugal today

  3. yepo

    July 5, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Semi-finals info?

    • Taimur

      July 5, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      I’m not sure but I have a feeling that Ian Darke and Steve McManaman might call the Wales-Portugal game while Stuart Robson and Jon Champion call the France-Germany one.

  4. tb

    July 1, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Love Champion. His Premier League coverage makes my weekends during the club season.

    Agree with axing the annoying Bretos and his howling “Yays!” after every goal.

    Markgraf has a calm voice, but just seems to be a librarian reading from her notes. No sense of players’ history or context.

    • Taimur

      July 5, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      and calling the goal-line and touchline “end-line”. :facepalm.

  5. burnsey

    June 30, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Champion and Stewart Robson the new Tyler and Andy Gray…..Darke & Macca good as well.

  6. EvJ

    June 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Derek Rae is as good as it gets.

  7. dpwac

    June 30, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I’m just upset Markgraf got the hook. Bretos never shut up and Kate understood letting an in-game situation develop before actually commenting on it. He just talked too damn much about anything that was happening anywhere but the field of play. I think she can be a much better presence for the network’s coverage if she got a better broadcast partner.

    • Taimur

      June 30, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      No she had to go. She didn’t even know proper soccer terminology, like calling the touchline and goal-line “end-line”. She knew what she was talking about, but so does everybody else. She got the hook because she wasn’t up to scratch.

  8. rev912

    June 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Looks like they are stick with Darke and Twellman as the main team instead of using Macca with Darke like during the World Cup.

    • rev912

      June 29, 2016 at 4:02 pm


  9. yepo

    June 29, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Where’s macca????? :((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

    • TheTruth

      June 30, 2016 at 9:12 am

      He is probably going to be in the studio. He was only commentating England games I believe. It has been Ian and Twellman for the rest.

  10. Ivan

    June 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    No Bretos (sigh of relief)- YEEEEEES!
    I am a big fan of Rae, top notch commentator, hopefully he gets to call a semi-final…

    • rev912

      June 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      He has tweeted that his commentating duties are over for the Euros so it looks like these two crews will be the ones on the semis.

  11. Oranjeboy

    June 29, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Obnoxious Taylor Twellman in 2 matches? For Christ sake! get rid of this know-it-all-talk-too-much so called pundit.

    • Tim

      June 30, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Love Twellman so does everyone else!

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