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Euro 2012 TV Schedule: Full Channel Listing and Start Times for This Weekend

KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 07:  A general view outside the Olympic Stadium ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 tournament which kicks off tomorrow in Poland on June 7, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Derek GerberichCorrespondent IJune 7, 2012

The 2012 UEFA European Championship is football's most prestigious stage outside the World Cup. 

This weekend kicks off the three-week-long event, as the best European squads battle it out to see who will emerge victorious in the 2012 version of the European Championship.

So as you prepare to kick back, relax, and take in the best of what Euro 2012 has to offer this weekend, let's run through the TV Schedule, channel listing, and a brief preview for each game.

Saturday, June 9th     (Group B)

Game: Netherlands vs. Denmark

Time:  12:00 p.m. (ET)

TV Coverage:  ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes

Outlook:  A rematch of the opening 2010 World Cup game for each team, the favored Netherlands look to build upon two decades of success in the group stage.  The Netherlands defeated Denmark 2-0 in their World Cup opener and have not lost to Denmark since 1967.  To Denmark's credit, they qualified for Euro 2012 tops in their group—ahead of a strong Portugal squad.


MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 13:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF passes the ball during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Game: Germany vs. Portugal

Time:  2:45 p.m. (ET)

TV Coverage:  ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes

Outlook:  Top contender Germany posted an impressive qualifying performance, winning all 10 of their qualifying games on their way to posting a plus 27 goal differential.  Portugal is no slouch either, scoring nearly three goals per game in qualifying, thanks to seven from Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo.


Sunday, June 10th     (Group C)

Game: Spain v Italy

Time:  12:00 p.m. (ET)

TV Coverage:  ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes

Outlook:  Tournament favorite and defending champion Spain begin their quest to become the first team in European Championship history to win back to back titles against Italy.  Spain has not lost a competitive match since their opening game of the 2010 World Cup.  Interestingly enough, Italy is the only team that Spain has played at least four times in World Cups and Euro Championships, yet never beaten during regulation time.


Game: Ireland vs. Croatia

Time:  2:45 p.m. (ET)

TV Coverage:  ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes

Outlook:  Upstart Croatia, ranked No. 8 in the FIFA World Rankings, know that to have a chance to advance out of the group stage an opening win against Ireland is a must.  Croatia is coming off a solid 3-0 aggregate win over Turkey to qualify for Euro 2012 and is looking to continue that momentum.  Ireland, on the other hand, is competing in its first European Championship since 1988.

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