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39 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Matches on ESPN Networks Friday through Tuesday
The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) will face the Jamaican National Team on Friday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN.

[via press release from ESPN]

39 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Matches on ESPN Networks Friday through Tuesday

Mexico to Play Pivotal Qualifying Match Friday; Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman to Host Tuesday's ESPN FC FIFA World Cup Whiparound on ESPN2

ESPN networks will showcase 39 qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup - mostly from Europe - during the upcoming FIFA international match dates on Friday, Oct. 11, and Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) will face the Jamaican National Team on Friday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN. The USMNT qualified for Brazil 2014 in its last World Cup qualifying match in September against Mexico, but will be looking to solidify its roster for the June tournament. Ian Darke, Taylor Twellman and reporter Jeremy Schaap will call the action from Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Following USA-Jamaica, Mexico will play a pivotal match against Panama on ESPNEWS/WatchESPN at 9:15 p.m. as "El Tri" faces a must-win situation at home. Commentator Fernando Palomo and analyst Alejandro Moreno will be onsite at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City with the call and reporter John Sutcliffe on the sidelines.

Also, ESPN2 will present whiparound coverage - which previously debuted during the September 2013 FIFA match dates - on ESPN FC FIFA World Cup Whiparound from 2:30-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The program will take fans through several live look-ins to on-the-field action and offer highlights of key moments in the games (goals, controversial referee decisions, etc.) from the topline FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Europe. Adrian Healey and Twellman return as hosts with the Whiparound show originating live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla.

Germany, a 2010 FIFA World Cup semifinalist, has the chance to qualify Friday in a match against Ireland, airing live on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. A total of 11 countries will earn 2014 FIFA World Cup berths by the end of Tuesday. In addition to Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Russia - all playing in matches that will be featured on ESPN networks - along with Uruguay, Colombia, Honduras and Chile could clinch a World Cup spot Friday.


· ESPN3 will be the digital home for 32 matches;

· ESPN Deportes, ESPN's Spanish-language network, will televise four matches live, including two showcasing 2010 World Cup champion Spain (Friday vs. Belarus, 4 p.m.; and Tuesday vs. Georgia, 3 p.m.);

· ESPN's third edition of WCQ whiparound coverage, ESPN FC FIFA World Cup Whiparound, on ESPN2/WatchESPN;

· ESPN FC, ESPN's dedicated soccer studio show, will have live specials - Friday, 4:45-6 p.m. (ESPN2) and Tuesday, 5-5:30 p.m. (ESPN2);

· ESPN Deportes' studio programs will provide day-long coverage on editions of Fútbol Picante (including pre- and post-match Mexico-Panama), Cronómetro, Fuera de Juego, Raza Deportiva, Jorge Ramos y Su Banda, Los Capitanes and SportsCenter.


Date Time (ET) Match Network(s)

Fri, Oct 11
11 a.m. Armenia vs. Bulgaria ESPN3
11:30 a.m. Lithuania vs. Latvia ESPN3
12 p.m. Croatia vs. Belgium ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
12 p.m. Azerbaijan vs. Northern Ireland ESPN3
12 p.m. Moldova vs. San Marino ESPN3
1:30 p.m. Malta vs. Czech Republic ESPN3
2 p.m. Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Liechtenstein ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Luxembourg vs. Russia ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Netherlands vs. Hungary ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Estonia vs. Turkey ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Albania vs. Switzerland ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Andorra vs. Romania ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Germany vs. Ireland ESPN2 / WatchESPN
2:45 p.m. Greece vs. Slovakia ESPN3
2:45 p.m. Slovenia vs. Norway ESPN3
2:45 p.m. Iceland vs. Cyprus ESPN3
2:55 p.m. France vs. Australia (Friendly Match) ESPN3
3:45 p.m. Portugal vs. Israel ESPN3
4 p.m. Spain vs. Belarus ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
6 p.m. United States vs. Jamaica ESPN / WatchESPN
9:15 p.m. Mexico vs. Panama ESPNEWS / WatchESPN

Sun, Oct 13
9 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN

Tue, Oct 15
1 p.m. Israel vs. Northern Ireland ESPN3
1 p.m. Portugal vs. Luxembourg ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
1 p.m. Azerbaijan vs. Russia ESPN3
1 p.m. Lithuania vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina ESPN3
1 p.m. Greece vs. Liechtenstein ESPN3
1:30 p.m. Cyprus vs. Albania ESPN3
2 p.m. Switzerland vs. Slovenia ESPN3
2 p.m. Turkey vs. Netherlands ESPN3
2 p.m. Hungary vs. Andorra ESPN3
2 p.m. Romania vs. Estonia ESPN3
2:10 p.m. Latvia vs. Slovakia ESPN3
2:15 p.m. Bulgaria vs. Czech Republic ESPN3
2:30 p.m. ESPN FC FIFA World Cup Whiparound ESPN2 / WatchESPN
2:30 p.m. Serbia vs. Macedonia ESPN3
3 p.m. San Marino vs. Ukraine ESPN3
3 p.m. Montenegro vs. Moldova ESPN3
3 p.m. Scotland vs. Croatia ESPN3
3 p.m. Belgium vs. Wales ESPN3
3 p.m. Spain vs. Georgia ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
3 p.m. France vs. Finland ESPN3

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