Nine days and counting! CBC kicks off wall-to-wall coverage of FIFA U-20 World Cup, Thursday, June 28

    Canadians to experience largest single-sporting event in country's
    history; all 52 games available on television and online

    TORONTO, June 21 /CNW/ - The world is coming to Canada! As the official
Canadian broadcaster of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, CBC will provide Canadian
soccer fans with a 52-game schedule and more than 220 total hours of
action-packed coverage of the prestigious 24-team tournament. CBC will
broadcast more than 70 hours of total coverage - more than 50 hours live - of
the FIFA U-20 World Cup, while CBC Country Canada will offer more than 150
hours of coverage with more than 40 hours of live coverage.
    CBC's comprehensive coverage of the FIFA U-20 World Cup - the largest
single-sport, sporting event in Canadian history - gets underway Thursday,
June 28 at 9:30 p.m. local with the Preview 2007: FIFA U-20 World Cup show,
followed by live coverage of the first game of the tournament, Saturday,
June 30 at 2 p.m. ET, featuring four-time FIFA U-20 World Cup-winners Brazil
taking on Poland at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. (See contact info below for
complete broadcast schedule.)
    In addition, Canadians will be able to watch games when and where they
want to, as for the first time, all 52 games (42 of them live) from the FIFA
U-20 World Cup will be available online on, all free and
on-demand. The site will feature a dynamic video player,
which, in addition to games, will provide exclusive web-only on-demand content
including a daily online FIFA U-20 World Cup Preview, game highlights and
re-caps, programming features and more. Comprehensive online coverage will
also include special feature stories, athlete and team profiles, games,
analysis, game summaries and comprehensive news and results. PoweradeTV,
available via, is a unique, interactive online community
where fans of the FIFA U-20 World Cup will have the opportunity to upload
their own soccer videos, check out feature stories and team videos, and more.
There will also be chances to win great prizes! Plus, The Hyundai FIFA U-20
Pool on invites fans to put their skills (or luck) to the
test by making their game-by-game picks in this fun contest that will cover
all 52 matches played from June 30 through the Final. Fans can take a kick at
winning several great prizes, including the grand prize, a 2007 Hyundai Tucson
Viva! For fans unsure which team to pick each day, The Hyundai FIFA U-20 Pool
Podcast will provide tips on what to look for. For complete contest rules and
more information, fans can enter online now, at
    CBC's coverage will feature the top soccer commentators in the country.
Twenty-year CBC Sports veteran and Gemini Award-winner Scott Russell will host
the tournament, alongside studio analysts Dick Howard, a seasoned World Cup
broadcaster and former Canadian national team member and coach, and Bob
Lenarduzzi, current president of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and former
Canadian national team member and coach.
    Nigel Reed, former host and producer for BBC's English Premier League
coverage and familiar to fans as the play-by-play voice of MLS ON CBC, will
provide play-by-play, working alongside acclaimed analyst Craig Forrest, one
of the most recognizable and successful soccer players ever to come out of
Canada. Forrest and Reed will hit the broadcast booth to call games throughout
the tournament, including Canada's opening game against Chile on Sunday,
July 1.
    Play-by-play announcer Steve Armitage and analyst Paul Dolan will also
call games for CBC during the FIFA U-20 World Cup, including the tournament
opening game on Saturday, June 30. Armitage, a CBC Sports veteran and Gemini
Award winner, worked as an announcer for CBC's coverage of the 2002 FIFA World
Cup, while Dolan, a former Canadian national team goalkeeper, is currently a
play-by-play announcer and analyst for the United Soccer Leagues (USL). Mitch
Peacock, a reporter and features host for MLS ON CBC, will report from the
sidelines throughout the tournament, while Brenda Irving - another CBC Sports
veteran and reporter for past FIFA World Cup broadcasts - will report from the
sidelines in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
    CBC's FIFA U-20 World Cup broadcast schedule includes live coverage of
all Team Canada games, beginning on Canada Day (Sunday, July 1) with the
team's first game of the tournament versus Chile at 7:30 p.m. ET, as well as
many key matches from the tournament including the Quarterfinals, Semi-finals,
match for 3rd/4th Place and the Final (available in High Definition).
Additionally, CBC will broadcast the inaugural CBC'S SOCCER DAY IN CANADA,
Sunday, July 8 at 3 p.m. ET. Special segments regarding grassroots soccer in
Canada will be featured throughout the broadcast, providing a snapshot of the
growing popularity of the game in Canada on soccer pitches all across the
country. CBC'S SOCCER DAY IN CANADA will be headlined by a FIFA U-20 World Cup
doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. ET with Portugal versus Gambia, followed by
Canada versus Congo at 7:30 p.m. ET.
    CBC Country Canada will support CBC Television's extensive coverage of
the FIFA U-20 World Cup with more than 150 hours of action-packed coverage,
including more than 40 hours of live coverage. Broadcasting 21 of the 52
tournament games live, CBC Country Canada kicks off its coverage of the FIFA
U-20 World Cup on Saturday, June 30 at 5 p.m. ET in Montreal with live
coverage of South Korea taking on the U.S.A. (See contact info below for
complete broadcast schedule.)
    CBC Newsworld is the exclusive source for live, same-day highlights and
stories from the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Kicking off on Saturday, June 30, and
continuing until Sunday, July 22, CBC Newsworld will present FIFA U-20 TODAY
at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT and FIFA U-20 TONIGHT at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 PT
each game-day during the tournament. On game-days, host Tom Harrington will
bring viewers the top stories, plays and interviews that will make this event
a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all Canadian soccer fans.
    CBC Radio One will also provide Canadians extensive coverage of the FIFA
U-20 World Cup, headlined by live coverage of Team Canada's first game of the
tournament versus Chile at 7:30 p.m. ET on July 1, as well as the championship
match on July 22 at 12 noon ET. Beginning Monday, June 25, Scott Regehr will
provide U20 previews and continue with scores and stories during the
tournament on CBC NEWS: THE WORLD THIS HOUR. Regehr will also provide soccer
updates on all CBC Radio afternoon shows across the country during the
championship. On weekend mornings, WORLD REPORT will provide the latest scores
and stories from the tournament, and later in the day, on THE WORLD THIS
and CROSS COUNTRY CHECK-UP will provide continuing coverage with stories from
the FIFA U-20 World Cup that follow the issues and athletes.
    CBC Radio One also presents Y SOCCER, airing Monday, July 16 to Friday,
July 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon ET, a new five-part drama series about
'the beautiful game' and a group of fanatical footie fans brought together by
their love of the sport.
    TLN Television (Telelatino), under a broadcast partnership agreement with
CBC, will provide coverage of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, including 28 matches -
21 live broadcasts and seven tape-delayed, as well as an encore presentation
of the Final (see contact info below for complete broadcast schedule). TLN
will also provide behind-the-scenes access to some of the biggest Canadian
upcoming stars with exclusive pre-event specials.
    Additionally, GOLTV will provide exclusive live coverage of 10 matches
from the FIFA U-20 World Cup.  GOLTV's coverage includes pre-game, halftime
and post-game shows, hosted by GOLTV host Lee Godfrey and former Canadian
national team member Paul James.
    The FIFA U-20 World Cup kicks off CBC's new broadcast package with The
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), which includes
broadcast and multi-media rights to a comprehensive package of FIFA events
from 2007 through 2014, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and the
2014 FIFA World Cup. CBC is host broadcaster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup for
matches taking place in Victoria, Burnaby, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa, while
Radio-Canada serves as host broadcaster for games held in Montreal.

    The FIFA U-20 World Cup - the second largest event staged by FIFA after
the FIFA World Cup - takes place across Canada from June 30 to July 22, in
Burnaby, Victoria, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. The 24 teams
participating in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup include: Canada, Japan, Jordan,
Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Congo, Gambia, Nigeria, Zambia, Costa Rica, Mexico,
Panama, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, New Zealand,
Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Scotland. Soccer fans can
log-on to 24 hours a day, seven days a week for comprehensive
news and results throughout the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

For further information:

For further information: For complete broadcast schedules, images or
further information contact: Jennifer Neziol, (Work) (416) 342-1818, (Mobile)
(416) 500-4733,; Jessica Rutledge, (Work) (416)

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