The time has come to finally delete that marvelous NCAA Men’s Basketball championship game, finish watching those last episodes of the Jeopardy Teacher’s Tournament, and clear up the rest of your DVR. June is almost here, and you’re going to need the recording space. The two foremost international soccer competitions outside of the World Cup, The Copa America and The European Championship, are soon to commence. And though those tournaments are 3- and 4-weeks long respectively, there will be some days in mid-June where no fewer than five high quality, international soccer matches will be contested and televised. Good fortune rains down this month for the international soccer fan.
The Copa America includes the ten South American nations that make up the soccer federation known as CONMEBOL, along with a few invited guests. The Copa is celebrating its centennial, or Centenario. Not only is the United States one of the invited guests for this 100th anniversary edition, but it is also hosting the party (in 10 U.S. cities). The tournament begins Friday, June 3 and runs through June 26. Fox and its affiliated sports networks, FS1 and FS2, will air all tournament games. This year’s European Championship, or Euro ’16 as it is fondly known, starts on June 10 with the host nation, France, taking on Romania. The European Championship runs until the final on July 10. As you may have guessed, the participating teams are all European nations belonging to the European soccer federation known as UEFA. The ESPN Networks will be televising and streaming all the EURO ’16 matches. So sift through your soccer jersey drawer, pull on your favorite European and North, Central, and South American colors, and celebrate with your friends and fellow countrymen the world’s most popular sport.