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Your Euro 2012 group stage announcing schedule

For soccer fans the biggest event of the summer isn’t the Olympics (a glorified youth tournament), it’s the European Championships.  Unfortunately, a battle against ugly racism is already surfacing in Poland, with speculation of teams potentially abandoning play if racist chants occur during matches.  On the field, the Euros often play host to the most appealing, competitive international tournament.

Thankfully, ESPN is continuing in their new tradition of excellent soccer coverage by showing every match across ESPN and ESPN2 along with ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes.  In addition to announcer pairings, the ESPN studio will include hosts Max Bretos and Bob Ley with analysts such as German legend Michael Ballack, MLS MVP Taylor Twellman, Tommy Smyth (who I actually enjoy), and Alexi Lalas. Sadly, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez doesn’t look like he’ll be reprising his role from the 2010 World Cup, at least according to the most recent ESPN press release.

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With the group stage set to begin today, here are the announcer pairings and match schedule.  We’ll be back after the group stage with the announcing assignments for the knockout round.

Friday, June 8th

Poland vs. Greece  (12pm ESPN)  Ian Darke/Steve McManaman

Russia vs. Czech Republic  (2:45pm)  Derek Rae/Kasey Keller

Saturday, June 9th

Netherlands vs. Denmark  (12pm ESPN)  Adrian Healey/Robbie Mustoe

Germany vs. Portugal  (2:45pm ESPN)  Rae/Keller

Sunday, June 10th

Spain vs. Italy  (12pm ESPN)  Darke/McManaman

Ireland vs. Croatia  (2:45pm)  Healey/Mustoe

Monday, June 11th

France vs. England  (12pm ESPN)  Darke/McManaman

Ukraine vs. Sweden  (2:45pm ESPN)  Rae/Keller

Tuesday, June 12th

Greece vs. Czech Republic  (12pm ESPN)  Healey/Mustoe

Poland vs. Russia  (2:45pm ESPN)  Rae/Keller

Wednesday, June 13th

Denmark vs. Portugal  (12pm ESPN)  Healey/Mustoe

Netherlands vs. Germany  (2:45pm ESPN)  Darke/McManaman

Thursday, June 14th

Italy vs. Croatia  (12pm ESPN2)  Rae/Taylor Twellman

Spain vs. Ireland  (2:45pm ESPN2)  Darke/McManaman

Friday, June 15th

Ukraine vs. France  (12pm ESPN2)  Rae/Twellman

Sweden vs. England  (2:45pm ESPN2)  Healey/Mustoe

Saturday, June 16th

Czech Republic vs. Poland  (2:45pm ESPN)  Rae/Twellman

Greece vs. Russia  (2:45pm ESPN2)  Healey/Mustoe

Sunday, June 17th

Portugal vs. Netherlands  (2:45pm ESPN)  TBD

Denmark vs. Germany  (2:45pm ESPN2)  TBD

Monday, June 18th

Croatia vs. Spain  (2:45pm ESPN)  Rae/Twellman

Italy vs. Ireland  (2:45pm ESPN2)  Healey/Mustoe

Tuesday, June 19th

England vs. Ukraine  (2:45pm ESPN)  Darke/McManaman

Sweden vs. France  (2:45pm ESPN2)  Rae/Twellman

[via ESPN]

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