Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–July 13, 2006–Returning to Fox Sports en Español after a month-long hiatus due to the World Cup, the much anticipated quarterfinals of the Copa Toyota Libertadores resume Tuesday, July 18, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, with a second-leg match between Paraguay’s Libertad and Argentina’s River Plate; the teams tied 2-2 during their first-leg encounter. The remaining field includes eight clubs from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay battling for Latin America’s most prestigious club soccer championship. All matches will be telecast live in Spanish and exclusively on Fox Sports en Español.
“The Copa Toyota Libertadores has consistently been one of our strongest properties and with extraordinary play from the Mexican and Argentine clubs, this year’s edition is shaping to be among our best ever,” said David Sternberg, executive vice president and general manager of Fox Sports en Español. “Now that the World Cup has come and gone, our viewers are hungry for the world-class soccer programming they’ve come to expect from Fox Sports en Español and we’re proud to be able to bring them continued live and exclusive coverage of this historic competition.”
Of the eight teams still competing in the tournament, Brazil’s Sao Paulo FC and Argentina’s Estudiantes de la Plata lead the field with three previous titles, followed closely by Argentina’s River Plate with two and Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield with one. Mexico’s Chivas de Guadalajara, Ecuador’s Deportivo Quito, Brazil’s Internacional, and Paraguay’s Libertad are all vying for their first-ever Copa Toyota Libertadores championship.
Several of the players still in the hunt for the Copa Toyota Libertadores crown were also members of their respective national teams during this year’s World Cup, including Chivas de Guadalajara’s Ramon Morales, Omar Bravo, Oswaldo Sanchez, Carlos Salcido, and Gonzalo Pineda; Deportivo Quito’s Cristian Mora, Paul Ambrosi, Giovanny Espinoza, Neiscer Reasco, Patricio Urrutia, Edison Mendez, and Agustin Delgado; River Plate’s Julio Cesar Caceres; Libertad’s Aldo Bodavilla, Carlos Bonet and Cristian Riveros; Estudiantes’ Jorge Nunez; and Sao Paulo’s Rogerio Mineiro.
Tuesday, July 18
Libertad (PAR) v River Plate (ARG)
Wednesday, July 19
Internacional (BRA) v LDU Quito (ECU)
Wednesday July 19
Sao Paulo (BRA) v Estudiantes (ARG)
Thursday, July 20
Velez (ARG) v Chivas (MEX)
The teams listed first are the home teams; schedule of games subject to change.
For a complete schedule of Fox Sports en Español’s exclusive telecasts of the Copa Toyota Libertadores, please visit the network’s website at fse.tv.
Offering more than 1,500 hours of live sports programming a year, Fox Sports en Español is the only Spanish-language network to offer exclusive coverage of the four major international club tournaments from Latin America, encompassing more than 125 matches and in excess of 500 hours of live coverage of the most important matches from the Torneo InterLiga, Copa Toyota Libertadores, CONCACAF Copa de Campeones, and the Copa Nissan Sudamericana.
About Fox Sports en Español
Fox Sports en Español features more than 1,500 hours of live, exclusive sports programming in Spanish and, with few exceptions, English SAP each year, including the Copa Toyota Libertadores, Copa Nissan Sudamericana, InterLiga and the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournaments; the Major League Baseball playoffs, All-Star Game and World Series; and Championship boxing from Mexico and the U.S. The channel reaches more than 7 million cable and satellite households in the U.S.
Fox Sports en Español is distributed by Fox Cable Networks Group and operated by Fox Pan American Sports LLC, an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and News Corporation’s (NYSE:NWS) Fox Sports International. For more information, visit Fox Sports en Español online at fse.tv.