Your all in one guide to this summer’s international soccer tournaments

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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:

  1. CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Wash.
  2. Citrus Bowl – Orlando, Fla.
  3. Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.
  4. Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, Calif.
  5. Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pa.
  6. MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.
  7.  NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas.
  8. Rose Bowl – Pasadena, Calif.
  9. Soldier Field – Chicago, Ill.
  10. 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..

you can get that right here.

 

 

 

 

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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