ESPN’s Summer Soccer Schedule Announced
June 24, 2011
ESPN are set to feature a host of high-profile its pre-season friendlies in the UK featuring top English Premier League soccer clubs Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool on an exclusive basis, the broadcaster has announced.
ESPN will also carry action from the Liga Total Cup, a friendly tournament that features German Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund, giants Bayern Munich, and Bundesliga rivals Hamburg and Mainz, and the Emirates Cup competition hosted by Arsenal. The channel will also cover the Copa America national team tournament held in Argentina.
ESPN will air all games from Arsenal and Liverpool’s tours of Asia, starting on July 13, as well as Arsenal’s games in Europe against Cologne in Germany and Portugal’s Benfica, and additionally Liverpool’s trip to Valerenga in Norway and a home clash with Valencia. Tottenham Hotspur’s tour of South Africa is exclusive to the pay-TV channel, whilst it also expects to carry Everton’s summer tour of the United States.
Jeroen Oerlemans, ESPN’s vice-president of TV channels for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “We’re delighted to add these games to our summer schedule and bring fans even more great live football. In addition to our live and exclusive coverage of the summer’s premier football action in the Copa America, ESPN viewers will not miss any of the all important pre-season football action.”