June on Your Couch

couch_potatoWith the European season winding down, it’s certainly going to be a relief to be able to turn my attention away from football. For the next two weekends, I mean. Because this June is going to be absolutely mental.  Things will start out pretty easy with the Copa America Centenario kicking off on June 3rd. It’s actually pretty mellow for a major tournament, rarely scheduling more than two games on any given day.

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But come the 10th, Euro 2016 kicks off in France, and football in June pretty much loses its mind. Time zone shifts mean that American viewers will frequently have five separate game, neatly spread from an 8:00 AM kick-off to a 9:30-11:00 PM final whistle. That’s a long day of football.

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In fact, it’s a lot of long days of football, more or less in a row. All in all, it means 76 tournament games in the month of June (77 if you believe that 3rd place games are a real thing). The heart of the matter is a 16-day run between June 11th and the 26th. Within that period, six days will have 5 games played and five days will have 4 games played. The remaining five days in that period have another 7 games spread over three days, with the 23rd and 24th the only empty days on the schedule. And even after all that, you’ll need to stick around for the final 6 games of the Euros (effectively the quarterfinals on) spread over the first ten days of July.

After that marathon, I think we’ll all be happy to catch our breath. Thankfully, Olympics football won’t start until August, so that’ll be plenty of time to rest up, right?

Here’s the full schedule for the Copa and Euros, in US central time.  Feel free to modify as necessary for your location.  UPDATE (6/2/16): The original schedule included the Euro schedule with Eastern times for the games; they have been revised to Central times.

Copa America (Fox) / Euro (ESPN) Schedule

Fri, June 3rd (Copa Group A)
8:30 USA – Colombia

Sat 4th (Copa Group A/B)
4:00 Coast Rica – Paraguay
6:30 Haiti – Peru
9:00 Brazil – Ecuador

Sun 5th (Copa Group C)
4:00 Jamaica – Venezuela
7:00 Mexico – Uruguay

Mon 6th (Copa Group D)
6:00 Panama – Bolivia
9:00 Argentina – Chile

Tue 7th
7:00 USA – Costa Rica
9:30 Colombia – Paraguay

Wed 8th
6:30 Brazil – Haiti
9:00 Ecuador – Peru

Thur 9th
6:30 Uruguay – Venezuela
9:00 Mexico – Jamaica

Fri 10th (Euro Group A)
2:00 France – Romania
6:00 Chile – Bolivia
8:30 Argentina – Panama

Sat 11th (Euro Group A/B)
8:00 Albania – Switzerland
11:00 Wales – Slovakia
2:00 England – Russia
6:00 USA – Paraguay
8:00 Colombia – Costa Rica

Sun 12th (Euro Group C/D)
8:00 Turkey – Croatia
11:00 Poland – Northern Ireland
2:00 Germany – Ukraine
5:30 Ecuador – Haiti
7:30 Brazil – Peru

Mon 13th (Group E/F)
8:00 Spain – Czech Republic
11:00 Ireland – Sweden
2:00 Belgium – Italy
7:00 Mexico – Venezuela
9:00 Uruguay – Jamaica

Tues 14th (Group F)
11:00 Austria – Hungary
2:00 Portugal – Iceland
7:00 Chile – Panama
9:00 Argentina – Bolivia

Wed 15th
8:00 Russia – Slovakia
11:00 Romania – Switzerland
2:00 France – Albania

Thur 16th
8:00 England – Wales
11:00 Ukraine – Northern Ireland
2:00 Germany – Poland
8:30 Copa Quarter 1: Winner, Group A – Runner-up, Group B

Fri 17th
8:00 Italy – Sweden
11:00 Czech Republic – Croatia
2:00 Spain – Turkey
7:00 Copa Quarter 2: Winner, Group B – Runner-up, Group A

Sat 18th
8:00 Belgium – Ireland
11:00 Iceland – Hungary
2:00 Portugal – Austria
6:00 Copa Quarter 3: Winner, Group D – Runner-up, Group C
9:00 Copa Quarter 4: Winner, Group C – Runner-up, Group D

Sun 19th
2:00 Romania – Albania
2:00 Switzerland – France

Mon 20th
2:00 Russia – Wales
2:00 Slovakia – England

Tues 21st
11:00 Ukraine – Poland
11:00 Northern Ireland – Germany
2:00 Czech Republic – Turkey
2:00 Croatia – Spain
8:00 Copa Semi 1: Winner, Quarter 1 – Winner, Quarter 3

 

Wed 22nd
11:00 Iceland – Austria
11:00 Hungary – Portugal
2:00 Italy – Ireland
2:00 Sweden – Belgium
7:00 Copa Semi 2: Winner, Quarter 2 – Winner, Quarter 4

Sat 25th
8:00 Euro R16 1: Runner-up, Group A – Runner-up, Group C
11:00 Euro R16 2: Winner, Group B – 3rd Place, Group A/C/D
2:00 Euro R16 3: Winner, Group D – 3rd Place, Group B/E/F
7:00 Copa 3rd Place Game

Sun 26th
8:00 Euro R16 4: Winner, Group A – 3rd Place, Group C/D/E
11:00 Euro R16 5: Winner, Group C – 3rd Place, Group A/B/F
2:00 Euro R16 6: Winner, Group F – Runner-up, Group E
7:00 Copa Final

Mon 27th
11:00 Euro R16 7: Winner, Group E – Runner-up, Group D
2:00 Euro R16 8: Runner-up, Group B – Runner-up, Group F

Thur 30th
2:00 Euro Quarter 1: Winner, R16 1 – Winner, R16 3

Fri, July 1st
2:00 Euro Quarter 2: Winner, R16 2 – Winner, R16 6

Sat 2nd
2:00 Euro Quarter 3: Winner, R16 5 – Winner, R16 7

Sun 3rd
2:00 Euro Quarter 4: Winner, R16 4 – Winner, R16 8

Wed 6th
2:00 Euro Semi 1: Winner, Quarter 1 – Winner, Quarter 2

Thur 7th
2:00 Euro Semi 2: Winner, Quarter 3 – Winner, Quarter 4

Sun 10th
2:00 Euro Final

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