ESPN acquires rights to Euro playoffs

Updated: November 9, 2011, 2:15 PM ET
Associated Press

ESPN has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to the playoffs for next year's European Championship.

The network said Wednesday that the four series will be carried on and ESPN Deportes. ESPN Deportes will provide live coverage of the Portugal-Bosnia matches and the second leg between Croatia and Turkey.

In addition, Ireland plays Estonia and Montenegro meets the Czech Republic.

The four winners join defending champion Spain, co-hosts Poland and Ukraine, as well as Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Russia and Sweden in the 16-nation field for next year's tournament, which runs from June 8 to July 1.

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