ESPN releases broadcaster pairings for first week of World Cup

ESPN releases broadcaster pairings for first week of World Cup

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ESPN releases broadcaster pairings for first week of World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

With only three days remaining before the start of the World Cup, ESPN has released their broadcaster pairings for the first week of the tournament in Brazil.

Ian Darke will be the lead broadcaster for ESPN and is scheduled to broadcast the World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo, England’s opener against Italy in Manaus, and the U.S. Men’s National Team opener against Ghana in Natal. Darke will re-unite at ESPN with Steve McManaman for the Brazil and England games and Darke will work alongside former USMNT forward Taylor Twellman for the USA match.

In addition to Darke, veteran broadcasters Jon Champion, Adrian Healey, Daniel Mann, and Derek Rae have all been assigned to multiple games during the first week of the World Cup. Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno have been assigned to broadcast Mexico’s opener against Cameroon.

Other TV analysts for the first round include Efan Ekoku, Kasey Keller, Roberto Martinez, and Stewart Robson.

The broadcaster pairings also included the coverage on ESPN Radio, which will be lead by veteran play-by-play man J.P. Dellacamera. Dellacamera will work alongside Tommy Smyth, while Ross Dyer will also handle play-by-play Mark Donaldson. Radio analysts include Shep Messing, Janusz Michallik, Paul Mariner, and Shaka Hislop.

Here’s a look at ESPN’s broadcaster pairings for the first week of the tournament:

Date Time (ET) Network Match Group Site Match #
Thu 6/12 3:30 p.m. ESPN Brazil vs. Croatia
TV: Ian Darke, Steve McManaman
Radio: JP Dellacamera, Tommy Smyth
A Sao Paulo 1
Fri 6/13 11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Mexico vs. Cameroon
TV: Fernando Palomo, Alejandro Moreno
Radio: Ross Dyer, Shep Messing
A Natal 2
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Spain vs. Netherlands
TV: Jon Champion, Stewart Robson
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
B Salvador 3
  5:30 p.m. ESPN2 Chile vs. Australia
TV: Daniel Mann, Kasey Keller
Radio: Dyer, Paul Mariner
B Cuiaba 4
Sat 6/14 11:30 a.m. ABC Colombia vs. Greece
TV: Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman
Radio: Dellacamera, Janusz Michallik
C Belo Horizonte 5
  2:30 p.m. ABC Uruguay vs. Costa Rica
TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Dyer, Mariner
D Fortaleza 7
  5:30 p.m. ESPN England vs. Italy
TV: Darke, McManaman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
D Manaus 8
  8:30 p.m. ESPN Ivory Coast vs. Japan
TV: Derek Rae, Efan Ekoku
Radio: Dyer, Mariner
C Recife 6
Sun 6/15 11:30 a.m. ABC Switzerland vs. Ecuador
TV: Healey, Moreno
Radio: Dyer, Messing
E Brasilia 9
  2:30 p.m. ABC France vs. Honduras
TV: Mann, Keller
Radio: Dyer, Hislop
E Porto Alegre 10
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
TV: Rae, Roberto Martinez
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
F Rio de Janeiro 11
Mon 6/16 11:30 a.m. ESPN Germany vs. Portugal
TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Dyer, Messing
G Salvador 13
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Iran vs. Nigeria
TV: Rae, Ekoku
Radio: Mark Donaldson, Mariner
F Curitiba 12
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Ghana vs. United States
TV: Darke, Twellman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
G Natal 14
Tue 6/17 11:30 a.m. ESPN Belgium vs. Algeria
TV: Healey, Ekoku
Radio: Donaldson, Michallik
H Belo Horizonte 15
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Brazil vs. Mexico
TV: Palomo, Moreno
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
A Fortaleza 17
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Russia vs. South Korea
TV: Mann, Keller
Radio: Dyer, Messing
H Cuiaba 16
Wed 6/18 11:30 a.m. ESPN Australia vs. Netherlands
TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Donaldson, Michallik
B Porto Alegre 20
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Spain vs. Chile 
TV: Darke, McManaman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
B Rio de Janeiro 19
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Cameroon vs. Croatia
TV: Rae, Keller
Radio: Dyer, Messing
A Manaus 18
Thu 6/19 11:30 a.m. ESPN Colombia vs. Ivory Coast
TV: Healey, Moreno
Radio: Donaldson, Messing
C Brasilia 21
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Uruguay vs. England
TV: Darke, McManaman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
D Sao Paulo 23
   5:30 p.m. ESPN Japan vs. Greece
TV: Mann, Ekoku
Radio: Dyer, Mariner
C Natal 22

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