This summer is a unique one for International soccer with two major tournaments taking place. One is in our own backyard; another is in France. Copa America Centenario, the championship of the America’s, is a competition where 16 of the America’s international soccer teams play against each other. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Copa America tournament; centenario is Spanish for century. This competition is taking place right here in the USA from June 3rd to June 26th.
The European Championship is also taking place this summer. This tournament features 24 of Europe’s international teams. Many of the worlds stars will play for their countries; making this tournament is an opportunity for people around the world to watch world-class soccer. The Euro’s run from June 10th to July 10th. This article will talk a bit about the two competitions, and present a guide to this summer’s international soccer tournaments.
Copa America Centenario is being hosted by USA, but what teams are coming to play?
United States, Columbia, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Uruguay, Jamaica, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Panama, and Bolivia make up the sixteen teams.
They will be broken into four groups of Four. Each Country plays every other country in their group, and the top two teams from the groups move into the knockout games (Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Final). These games will be played across the country at these locations:
- CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Wash.
- Citrus Bowl – Orlando, Fla.
- Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.
- Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, Calif.
- Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pa.
- MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.
- NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas.
- Rose Bowl – Pasadena, Calif.
- Soldier Field – Chicago, Ill.
- University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.
This tournament features some of the best nations in the world and some of the best players: Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Columbia’s James Rodriguez, Brazil’s Kaka, Mexico’s Javier Hernandez, Chile’s Alexis Sanchez, USA’ Clint Dempsey, and many more. Copa America makes a stop right here, where the Birds play. Three games will be played at the Linc: Uruguay plays Venezuela, Chile plays Panama, and USA plays Paraguay. If you’re looking for some world-class soccer this summer head on over to the Linc June 9th, 11th, or 13th. This competition will be carried on TV on Fox. You can see the different times of the games and the TV stations in the guide at the bottom of the article.
The Other International tournament is across the atlantic in France. This is where many of the big boy international teams meet to play to be the best nation in Europe.
France, Albania, Romania, Switzerland, England, Russia, Slovakia, Wales, Germany, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Ukraine, Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Poland make up the 24 European nations in the tournament.
These teams play not only for the European title, but for a good world ranking. The winning country will get a high boost in the international ranking which has an effect on the country’s placing in the World Cup Draw two years from now. These countries present some of the highest quality of soccer. Players like Christiano Ronaldo for Portugal, Wayne Rooney for England, Paul Pogba for France, Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Sweden, and many more greats will be a part of this tournament. To witness this greatness you’ll have to tune in to the ESPN networks.You view the times of the games and the TV stations in the guide at the bottom of the article.
These two tournaments present a summer of paradise for any soccer fan. For five weeks there are quality games being played. If you are from Philadelphia and are starting to get into soccer, make sure you catch some of these amazing games that are being played. They exemplify the sport, and truly show why Soccer is the worlds favorite sport.
Here’s your handy all in one schedule. However, the formatting makes it a little tricky to read so if you would like a printable, color coded guide that you can pin up at home..
Summer 2016 international tournaments: Euro 2016 Copa America Centenario
|Friday, June 3 Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|9:30 PM ET||A1.United States vs A2. Colombia||FS1|
|Saturday, June 4 Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|5:00 PM ET||A3.Costa Rica vs A4. Paraguay||FOX|
|7:30 PM ET||B3.Haiti vs B4.Peru||FS2|
|10:00 PM ET||B1.Brazil vs B2.Ecuador||FS1|
|Sunday, June 5 Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|5:00 PM ET||C3.Jamaica vs C4. Venezuela||FOX|
|8:00 PM ET||C1.Mexico vs C2. Uruguay||FS1|
|Monday, June 6 Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|7:00 PM ET||D3.Panama vs D4.Bolivia||FS1|
|10:00 PM ET||D1. Argentina vs D2. Chile||FS1|
|Tuesday, June 7 Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|8:00 PM ET||A1.United States vs A3.Costa Rica||FS1|
|10:30 PM ET||A2. Colombia vs A4. Paraguay||FS1|
|Wednesday, June 8 Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|7:30 PM ET||B1.Brazil vs B3.Haiti||FS1|
|10:00 PM ET||B2.Ecuador vs B4.Peru||FS2|
|Thursday, June 9 Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|7:30 PM ET||C2.Uruguay vs C4. Venezuela||FS1|
|10:00 PM ET||C1.Mexico vs C3.Jamaica||FS1|
|Friday, June 10 EURO & Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|3:00 PM ET||A1.France vs A2.Romania||ESPN|
|7:00 PM ET||C2.Chile vs C4.Bolivia||FOX|
|9:30 PM ET||C1.Argentina vs C3.Panama||FOX|
|Saturday, June 11 EURO & Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|9:00 AM ET||A3.Albania vs A4. Switzerland||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||B3.Wales vs B4.Slovakia||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||B1.England vs B2.Russia||ESPN|
|7:00 PM ET||A1.United States vs A4. Paraguay||FS1|
|9:00 PM ET||A2. Colombia vs A3.Costa Rica||FS2|
|Sunday, June 12 EURO & Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|9:00 AM ET||D3.Turkey vs D4.Croatia||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||C3.Poland vs C4.Northern Ireland||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||C1. Germany vs C2.Ukraine||ESPN|
|6:30 PM ET||B2.Ecuador vs B3.Haiti||FS2|
|8:30 PM ET||B1.Brazil vs B4.Peru||FS1|
|Monday, June 13 EURO & Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|9:00 AM ET||D1.Spain vs D2.Czech Republic||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||E3.Republic of Ireland vs E4.Sweden||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||E1.Belgium vs E2.Italy||ESPN|
|8:00 PM ET||C1.Mexico vs C4. Venezuela||FS1|
|10:00 PM ET||C2. Uruguay vs C3.Jamaica||FS1|
|Tuesday, June 14 EURO & Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|9:00 AM ET||F3.Austria vs. F4.Hungary||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||F1.Portugal vs. F2.Iceland||ESPN|
|8:00 PM ET||C2.Chile vs C3.Panama||FS1|
|10:00 PM ET||C1. Argentina vs C4.Bolivia||FS1|
|Wednesday, June 15 EURO & Copa America Centenario group stage.|
|9:00 AM ET||B2.Russia vs. B4.Slovakia||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||A2.Romania vs. A4. Switzerland||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||A1.France vs. A3.Albania||ESPN|
|Thursday, June 16 – EURO group stage. Copa America Centenario Quarterfinals.|
|9:00 AM ET||B1.England vs. B3.Wales||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||C2.Ukraine vs. C4.Northern Ireland||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||C1. Germany vs. C3.Poland||ESPN|
|9:30 PM ET||1A vs 2B – (Game 25)||FS1|
|Friday, June 17 – EURO group stage. Copa America Centenario Quarterfinals.|
|9:00 AM ET||E2.Italy vs. E4.Sweden||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||D2.Czech Republic vs. D4.Croatia||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||D1.Spain vs. D3.Turkey||ESPN|
|8:00 PM ET||1B vs 2A (Game 26)||FS1|
|Saturday, June 18 – EURO group stage. Copa America Centenario Quarterfinals.|
|9:00 AM ET||E1. Belgium vs. E3.Republic of Ireland||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||F2.Iceland vs. F4.Hungary||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||F1.Portugal vs. F3.Austria||ESPN|
|7:00 PM ET||1D vs 2C (Game 27)||FX|
|10:00 PM ET||1C vs 2D (Game 28)||FX|
|Sunday, June 19 EURO group stage.|
|3:00 PM ET||A4. Switzerland vs. A1.France||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||A2.Romania vs. A3.Albania||ESPN2|
|Monday, June 20 EURO group stage.|
|3:00 PM ET||B4.Slovakia vs. B1.England||ESPN|
|3:00 p.m.||B2.Russia vs. B3.Wales||ESPN2|
|Tuesday, June 21 – EURO group stage. Copa America Centenario Semifinals|
|12:00 PM ET||C4.Northern Ireland vs. C1. Germany||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||C2.Ukraine vs. C3.Poland||ESPN2|
|3:00 PM ET||D4.Croatia vs. D1.Spain||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||D2.Czech Republic vs. D3.Turkey||ESPN2|
|9:00 PM ET||Winner of Game 25 vs Winner of Game 27 (Game 29)||FS1|
|Wednesday, June 22 – EURO Group stage. Copa America Centenario Semifinals|
|12:00 PM ET||F4.Hungary vs. F1.Portugal||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||F2. Iceland vs. F3. Austria||ESPN2|
|3:00 PM ET||E2.Italy vs. E3.Republic of Ireland||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||E4.Sweden vs. E1.Belgium||ESPN2|
|8:00 PM ET||Winner of Game 26 vs Winner of Game 28 (Game 30)||FS1|
|Saturday, June 25 – EURO Round of 16. Copa America Centenario Third Place.|
|9:00 AM ET||2A. vs. 2C. (Game 39)||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||1B. vs. 3A. or 3C. or 3D.(Game 38)||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||1D. vs. 3B. or 3E. or 3F (Game 39)||ESPN|
|8:00 PM ET||Loser of Game 29 vs Loser of Game 30 (Game 31)||FX|
|Sunday, June 26 – EURO Round of 16. Copa America Centenario Final|
|9:00 AM ET||1A. vs. 3C. or 3D. or 3E. (Game 40)||ESPN|
|12:00 PM ET||1C. vs. 3A. or 3B. or 3F. (Game 41)||ESPN|
|3:00 PM ET||1F. vs. 2E.(Game 42)||ESPN|
|8:00 PM ET||Winner of Game 29 vs Winning of Game 30 (Game 32)||FS1|
|Monday, June 27 -EURO Round of 16|
|12:00 PM ET||1E. vs. 2D.(Game 43)||ESPN2|
|3:00 PM ET||2B. vs. 2F.(Game 44)||ESPN2|
|Thursday, June 30 -EURO Quarterfinals|
|3:00 PM ET||Game 37 winner vs. Game 39 (Game 45)||ESPN2|
|Friday, July 1 -EURO Quarterfinals|
|3:00 PM ET||Game 37 winner vs. Game 37 winner (Game 46)||ESPN2|
|Saturday, July 2 – EURO Quarterfinals|
|3:00 PM ET||Game 37 winner vs. Game 37 winner (Game 47)||ESPN2|
|Sunday, July 3 – EURO Quarterfinals|
|3:00 PM ET||Game 38 winner vs. Game 42 winner (Game 48)||ESPN|
|Wednesday, July 6 – EURO Semifinals|
|3:00 PM ET||Game 45 winner vs. Game 46 winner (Game 49)||ESPN|
|Thursday, July 7 – EURO Semifinals|
|3:00 PM ET||Game 47 winner vs. Game 48(Game 50)||ESPN|
|Saturday, July 10 -EURO Final|
|3:00 PM ET||Game 49 winner vs. Game 50 winner||ESPN|
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