ESPN+ acquires Copa América rights in English and Portuguese for US market

Popular streaming service ESPN+ has acquired the English-language and Portuguese-language rights to the 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América for viewers in the United States, a source revealed to World Soccer Talk.

With Telemundo Deportes already having acquired the Spanish-language rights in the United States, that means that soccer fans will have plenty of choices this summer when they watch the tournament that will feature a line-up of South America’s biggest soccer stars including Brazil’s Neymar, Copa América Winner Luis Suarez of Uruguay, Argentinian soccer legend Lionel Messi, and Colombia’s James Rodriguez, among many others.

All 26 games will be broadcast live in English and Portuguese on ESPN+, which offers a free 7-day trial to new users.

SEE MORE: Schedule of Copa América games on US TV and streaming

Hosted in Brazil, the 2019 Copa América runs from June 14 to July 7, which will be the 46th edition of the quadrennial international men’s soccer championship organized by South America’s soccer ruling body CONMEBOL.

The broadcast of the 2019 Copa America will be during a similar timeframe to the Women’s World Cup (June 7 to July 7) and CONCACAF Gold Cup (June 15 to July 7).

According to a World Soccer talk source, all of the games in English and Portuguese will be streamed exclusively on ESPN+ and not available on TV.

As of press time, ESPN declined to comment about the Copa America rights.

With ESPN+, you can stream Serie A, UEFA Nations League, Championship, League One, League Two, FA Cup, League Cup, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Eredivisie, Danish Superliga, Chinese Super League, Indian Super League, Australian A-League, Sweden’s Allsvenskan, MLS out-of-market games and USL.

ESPN+ is only $4.99/month after a free 7-day trial.

In addition to all of the soccer coverage, ESPN+ also includes a selection of live games from MLB, MLS, NHL, select PGA TOUR golf, Top Rank Boxing and Grand Slam tennis from Wimbledon to the US Open and Australian Open. Plus you get instant access to your favorite college sports like football, basketball, lacrosse, softball and more.

There’s also the daily ESPN FC show, 30 For 30 documentaries, exclusive access to studio programs and more.


ESPN+ acquires Copa América rights in English and Portuguese for US market

Popular streaming service ESPN+ has acquired the English-language and Portuguese-language rights to the 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América for viewers in the United States, a source revealed to World Soccer Talk.

With Telemundo Deportes already having acquired the Spanish-language rights in the United States, that means that soccer fans will have plenty of choices this summer when they watch the tournament that will feature a line-up of South America’s biggest soccer stars including Brazil’s Neymar, Copa América Winner Luis Suarez of Uruguay, Argentinian soccer legend Lionel Messi, and Colombia’s James Rodriguez, among many others.

All 26 games will be broadcast live in English and Portuguese on ESPN+, which offers a free 7-day trial to new users.

SEE MORE: Schedule of Copa América games on US TV and streaming

Hosted in Brazil, the 2019 Copa América runs from June 14 to July 7, which will be the 46th edition of the quadrennial international men’s soccer championship organized by South America’s soccer ruling body CONMEBOL.

The broadcast of the 2019 Copa America will be during a similar timeframe to the Women’s World Cup (June 7 to July 7) and CONCACAF Gold Cup (June 15 to July 7).

According to a World Soccer talk source, all of the games in English and Portuguese will be streamed exclusively on ESPN+ and not available on TV.

As of press time, ESPN declined to comment about the Copa America rights.

With ESPN+, you can stream Serie A, UEFA Nations League, Championship, League One, League Two, FA Cup, League Cup, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Eredivisie, Danish Superliga, Chinese Super League, Indian Super League, Australian A-League, Sweden’s Allsvenskan, MLS out-of-market games and USL.

ESPN+ is only $4.99/month after a free 7-day trial.

In addition to all of the soccer coverage, ESPN+ also includes a selection of live games from MLB, MLS, NHL, select PGA TOUR golf, Top Rank Boxing and Grand Slam tennis from Wimbledon to the US Open and Australian Open. Plus you get instant access to your favorite college sports like football, basketball, lacrosse, softball and more.

There’s also the daily ESPN FC show, 30 For 30 documentaries, exclusive access to studio programs and more.


‘More time for our wives’: Mueller on life after Loew


Berlin (AFP) – Former Germany star Thomas Mueller has said that he is looking to the future after his exclusion from the national team under coach Joachim Loew.

Mueller and his Bayern Munich team-mates Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels were all ruled out of Loew’s future plans in a shock announcement earlier this month. 

The coach’s decision to get rid of the three World Cup winners has attracted widespread criticism, but Mueller says he is putting the disappointment behind him as he prepares for life after Loew.

“It obviously came as a negative surprise,” Mueller told Sport Bild on Wednesday. 

“But it’s important to look forwards, not just in sport, but in life in general.” 

Germany are set to face Serbia in a friendly on Wednesday before opening their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against old rivals the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Sunday.

Last weekend, Mueller admitted that it would be a strange feeling to watch the national team from the sofa. 

“It feels like the first time in my life that I have had an international break,” said Mueller on Sunday after Bayern’s 6-0 rout of Mainz in the Bundesliga. 

“The three of us now have more time for our wives and families,” he added.

Yet he also insisted that he had not given up hope of playing for Germany again in the future.

“What happens in one or two years or at some point down the line will depend on the performances of individual players,” he said.

‘More time for our wives’: Mueller on life after Loew


Berlin (AFP) – Former Germany star Thomas Mueller has said that he is looking to the future after his exclusion from the national team under coach Joachim Loew.

Mueller and his Bayern Munich team-mates Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels were all ruled out of Loew’s future plans in a shock announcement earlier this month. 

The coach’s decision to get rid of the three World Cup winners has attracted widespread criticism, but Mueller says he is putting the disappointment behind him as he prepares for life after Loew.

“It obviously came as a negative surprise,” Mueller told Sport Bild on Wednesday. 

“But it’s important to look forwards, not just in sport, but in life in general.” 

Germany are set to face Serbia in a friendly on Wednesday before opening their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against old rivals the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Sunday.

Last weekend, Mueller admitted that it would be a strange feeling to watch the national team from the sofa. 

“It feels like the first time in my life that I have had an international break,” said Mueller on Sunday after Bayern’s 6-0 rout of Mainz in the Bundesliga. 

“The three of us now have more time for our wives and families,” he added.

Yet he also insisted that he had not given up hope of playing for Germany again in the future.

“What happens in one or two years or at some point down the line will depend on the performances of individual players,” he said.

Reus ‘will end his career at Dortmund’


Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said that talisman Marco Reus will stay at the club until the end of his career. 

“Marco is someone who identifies with the club and has strong roots in Dortmund,” Zorc told Sport Bild on Wednesday. 

“I can’t imagine that he will ever play for another club.”

Reus, 29, scored a late winner against Hertha Berlin last Saturday to keep Dortmund level on points with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. 

One of the more experienced players in Dortmund’s young squad, the Germany international is set to play a key role as the title race enters the decisive phase. 

On Wednesday, Bild reported that Reus had delivered a rousing speech to the team in the wake of Dortmund’s Champions League defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, and Zorc lavished praise on his captain’s leadership qualities. 

“Marco has matured as a person, and he is taking on more responsibility than before, both on and off the pitch,” said Zorc. 

“He has a natural authority, and he is becoming ever more important for us.”

Dortmund will be hoping that Reus, who was sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring injury earlier this year, can stay fit for the remainder of the title race.

There is also concern that personal reasons could scupper Reus’ role in the title race.

His partner, German model Scarlett Gartmann, is currently eight months pregnant. The baby girl, the couple’s first child, is due to arrive on the very weekend that Dortmund travel to Munich for their all-important showdown with Bayern on April 6.