ESPN’s 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Schedule
All Matches in High Definition on ESPN and ESPN2; All Matches Live on ESPN360.com
ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise all matches of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, June 14-28, from four cities in South Africa, host nation for next summer’s 2010 FIFA World Cup. All 16 matches will also be available live and for replay on ESPN360.com.
ESPN2 will air 12 matches. ESPN will televise four, including two group stage matches – United States vs. 2006 FIFA World Cup champion Italy (June 15, 2:25 p.m. ET), and Italy vs. Brazil (June 21, 2:25 p.m.). ESPN will also air both semifinals — Wednesday, June 24 at 2:25 p.m. in Bloemfontein, and Thursday, June 25, at 2:25 p.m. in Johannesburg.
All Matches in HD
Confederations Cup matches will be available in high definition on ESPN HD, and ESPN2 HD. The high definition telecasts will be offered as a simulcast of ESPN and ESPN2’s Confederations Cup coverage.
In addition, ESPN’s high definition services will feature Confederations Cup studio programming – three 25-minute pre-match shows leading into USA vs. Brazil on ESPN2 HD (Thursday, June 18), Italy vs. Brazil, and the Confederations Cup Final on ESPN2 HD (Sunday, June 28).
ESPN’s signature broadband network, available currently in 25 million homes nationwide (and soon to add 15 million Comcast households nationwide, making it available in nearly 41 million homes), will feature live English-language simulcasts of ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage of all 2009 Confederations Cup matches. ESPN360 will also include live pre-game and halftime studio coverage for each match during the tournament.
ESPN Mobile TV
ESPN’s first 24/7 wireless network, available on FLO TV and MobiTV, will feature 12 Confederations Cup matches. Some of the key matches on ESPN Mobile TV will include: USA vs. Italy (June 15), Egypt vs. USA (June 21), the third-place match, semifinals, and finals. ESPN Mobile TV’s coverage begins on Sunday, June 14, with South Africa vs. Iraq at 9:55 a.m.
ESPN on Demand
ESPN on Demand will make six matches of the Confederations Cup available the day after their original air dates and will be accessible through Friday, July 31. The matches include: U.S. vs. Italy, U.S. vs. Brazil, Italy vs. Brazil, semifinals and finals.
The FIFA Confederations Cup is one of the most competitive tournaments among national soccer teams. It features champions of each of the six FIFA confederations – CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football), UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), CAF (African Football Confederation), CONMEBOL (South American Football Confederation), AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and OFC (Oceana Football Confederation), and both the upcoming host country and past winner of the FIFA World Cup.
Originally organized by and held in Saudi Arabia, and known as the King Fahd Cup, the tournament was founded in 1992. FIFA took control of the event in 1997, renaming it the FIFA Confederations Cup and hosting the tournament every two years. Now contested every four years (since 2005), the Confederations Cup is played one-year prior to the FIFA World Cup.
CONCACAF: United States – 2007 Gold Cup
Italy – 2006 World Cup
UEFA: Spain – Euro 2008
CONMEBOL: Brazil – 2007 Copa America
South Africa – Host (2010 World Cup host)
AFC: Iraq – 2007 Asian Cup
CAF: Egypt – 2008 African Nations Cup
OFC: New Zealand – 2008 Oceanic
2009 Confederations Cup Team Groupings
Group A Group B
1. Spain – #1 1. Brazil – #4
2. South Africa – #77 2. Italy – #5
3. New Zealand – #79 3. USA – #15
4. Iraq – #85 4. Egypt – #37
#: Current FIFA World Ranking
2009 Confederations Cup TV SCHEDULE u All times EASTERN
u Schedule is subject to change
Su 6/14 9:55 a.m. E2/360/Mo. TV South Africa vs. Iraq A Johannesburg 1
2:25 p.m. E2/360 New Zealand vs. Spain A Rustenburg 2
We 6/17 9:55 a.m. E2/360/Mo. TV Spain vs. Iraq A Bloemfontein 5
2:25 p.m. E2/360/Mo. TV South Africa vs. New Zealand A Rustenburg 6
Sa 6/20 2:25 p.m. E2/360/Mo. TV Spain vs. South Africa A Bloemfontein 9
Su 6/21 1:00 a.m. E2/360* Iraq vs. New Zealand A Johannesburg 10
Confederations Cup 3rd Place Match and Final on ESPN2
*(Game will air live on ESPN360 on Saturday, June 20, at 2:25 p.m.)
E1 – ESPN
E2 – ESPN2
360 – ESPN360.com
Mo-TV – ESPN Mobile TV
FIFA World Cup on ESPN Inc.
ESPN and ABC are the U.S. English-language television homes of the Men’s and Women’s FIFA World Cup events through 2014, having acquired the rights in 2005, as well as the rights to the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009 and 2013. Beginning June 11, through July 11, 2010, ESPN will provide unprecedented multimedia coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.
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