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>World Cup plans unveiled

ESPN unveiled its television schedule for the 2010 World Cup on Wednesday — a schedule that includes all 64 matches at 10 stadiums throughout South Africa.

     The schedule includes 10 matches on ABC, 10 on ESPN2 and the remaining 44 on ESPN (in addition to coverage on ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV and nightly replays on ESPN Classic. There will be 40 matches on ESPN Deportes — with announcers in Portuguese.
And in a change from the 2006 event in Germany, crews will be on site for all 64 matches. In 2006, two crews called matches from studios in the U.S.
“At some point you’ve got to treat it like the significant sporting event that it is,” John Skipper, ESPN’s executive vice president of content, told The Associated Press. “I understand it has not traditionally stopped work and stopped the country to watch it in past years. But we’re going to treat it like it should.”
    The announcement said that ESPN2 will go all soccer for a 24-hour countdown before the opener. The pre-World Cup concert will be televised live on ESPN on June 10, with an edited version replayed on ABC the following night. ESPN plans about 250 hours of original programming around the games.
Jed Drake, an ESPN vice president who is executive producer of its World Cup coverage, said the network is sending 165 people to South Africa and will have 50 local hires — double the staff it used four years ago. The network will be broadcasting soccer 12 hours a day during the first round.
“The level of ambition we have for this project is second to none compared to anything we do at ESPN,” he said.
A look at the complete schedule:
World Cup schedule (all times Eastern)

Date Time Network Match Group Site Match

Fri 6/11 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com South Africa vs. Mexico A Johannesburg 1

Fri 6/11 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Uruguay vs. France A Cape Town 2

Sat 6/12 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Korea Republic vs. Greece B Port Elizabeth 3

Sat 6/12 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Argentina vs. Nigeria B Johannesburg 4

Sat 6/12 2 p.m. ABC England vs. USA C Rustenburg 5

Sun 6/13 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Algeria vs. Slovenia C Polokwane 6

Sun 6/13 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Serbia vs. Ghana D Pretoria 7

Sun 6/13 2 p.m. ABC Germany vs. Australia D Durban 8

Mon 6/14 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Netherlands vs. Denmark E Johannesburg 9

Mon 6/14 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Japan vs. Cameroon E Bloemfontein 10

Mon 6/14 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Italy vs. Paraguay F Cape Town 11

Tue 6/15 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com New Zealand vs. Slovakia F Rustenburg 12

Tue 6/15 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Ivory Coast vs. Portugal G Port Elizabeth 13

Tue 6/15 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Brazil vs. Korea DPR G Johannesburg 14

Wed 6/16 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Honduras vs. Chile H Nelspruit 15

Wed 6/16 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Spain vs. Switzerland H Durban 16

Wed 6/16 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com South Africa vs. Uruguay A Pretoria 17

Thu 6/17 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Argentina vs. Korea Rep. B Johannesburg 18

Thu 6/17 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Greece vs. Nigeria B Bloemfontein 19

Thu 6/17 2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com France vs. Mexico A Polokwane 20

Fri 6/18 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Germany vs. Serbia D Port Elizabeth 21

Fri 6/18 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Slovenia vs. USA C Johannesburg 22

Fri 6/18 2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com England vs. Algeria C Cape Town 23

Sat 6/19 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Netherlands vs. Japan E Durban 24

Sat 6/19 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Ghana vs. Australia D Rustenburg 25

Sat 6/19 2 p.m. ABC Cameroon vs. Denmark E Pretoria 26

Sun 6/20 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Slovakia vs. Paraguay F Bloemfontein 27

Sun 6/20 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Italy vs. New Zealand F Nelspruit 28

Sun 6/20 2 p.m. ABC Brazil vs. Ivory Coast G Johannesburg 29

Mon 6/21 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Portugal vs. Korea DPR G Cape Town 30

Mon 6/21 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Chile vs. Switzerland H Port Elizabeth 31

Mon 6/21 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Spain vs. Honduras H Johannesburg 32

Tue 6/22 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Mexico vs. Uruguay A Rustenburg 33

Tue 6/22 9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com France vs. South Africa A Bloemfontein 34

Tue 6/22 2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com Nigeria vs. Korea Republic B Durban 35

Tue 6/22 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Greece vs. Argentina B Polokwane 36

Wed 6/23 9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com Slovenia vs. England C Port Elizabeth 37

Wed 6/23 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com USA vs. Algeria C Pretoria 38

Wed 6/23 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Ghana vs. Germany D Johannesburg 39

Wed 6/23 2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com Australia vs. Serbia D Nelspruit 40

Thu 6/24 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Slovakia vs. Italy E Johannesburg 41

Thu 6/24 9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com Paraguay vs. New Zealand E Polokwane 42

Thu 6/24 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Denmark vs. Japan F Rustenburg 43

Thu 6/24 2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com Cameroon vs. Netherlands F Cape Town 44

Fri 6/25 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Portugal vs. Brazil G Durban 45

Fri 6/25 9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com Ivory Coast vs. Korea DPR G Nelspruit 46

Fri 6/25 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Chile vs. Spain H Pretoria 47

Fri 6/25 2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com Switzerland vs. Honduras H Bloemfontein 48

Sat 6/26 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com 1st A vs. 2nd B Port Elizabeth 49

Sat 6/26 2 p.m. ABC 1st C vs. 2nd D Rustenburg 50

Sun 6/27 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com 1st D vs. 2nd C Bloemfontein 51

Sun 6/27 2 p.m. ABC 1st B vs. 2nd A Johannesburg 52

Mon 6/28 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com 1st E vs. 2nd F Durban 53

Mon 6/28 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com 1st G vs. 2nd H Johannesburg 54

Tue 6/29 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com 1st F vs. 2nd E Pretoria 55

Tue 6/29 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com 1st H vs. 2nd G Cape Town 56

Fri 7/2 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Winners 53 vs. 54 Port Elizabeth 57

Fri 7/2 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Winners 49 vs. 50 Johannesburg 58

Sat 7/3 9:30 a.m. ABC Winners 52 vs. 51 Cape Town 59

Sat 7/3 2 p.m. ABC Winners 55 vs. 56 Johannesburg 60

Tue 7/6 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Winners 57 vs. 59 Cape Town 61

Wed 7/7 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Winners 58 vs. 60 Durban 62

Sat 7/10 2 p.m. ABC Losers: 61 vs. 62 Port Elizabeth 63

Sun 7/11 1:30 p.m. ABC Winners: 61 vs. 62 Johannesburg 64

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