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ESPN snaps up club and international football friendlies

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ESPN has secured the rights to show more than 20 club and international football friendlies this summer, including games featuring England's Euro 2012 opponents France.

The US broadcaster's summer of sport includes three friendlies featuring football giants Brazil, starting tomorrow with coverage of the game against the USA from 1am.

On June 3, ESPN will show Brazil versus Mexico from 8pm, followed by the team's clash against South American rivals Argentina on June 9.

Viewers will be able to check out England's opening opponents at Euro 2012, France, as ESPN will broadcast the team's two remaining warm-up games, against Serbia on May 31 and Estonia on June 5.

Later in the summer, ESPN will follow some of England's top club sides as they set off around the world on a series of pre-seaon friendlies.

The coverage kicks off on July 21 with Liverpool's game against Toronto FC at 9pm, and follows the Reds as they continue their tour of North America with a tie against Roma on July 25 at Fenway Park in Boston, owned by the club's American backers.

Liverpool's final game in the US sees them take on Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur on July 28.

While Stateside, Spurs will also play David Beckham's LA Galaxy on July 25, Thierry Henry's New York Red Bulls on July 31 and Valencia on August 9.

Fresh from being crowned champions of Europe, Chelsea also head to the US to take on the MLS All Stars on July 26.

Premier League champions Manchester City travel to Asia on July 27 to take on Arsenal in the Olympic Stadium in Beijing, China, before playing a Malaysia Select XI in Kuala Lumpur on July 30.

ESPN will also broadcast Arsenal's clash with the Malaysia Select XI on July 24, and the team's game with Hong Kong Kitchee on July 29.

Alongside the English club friendlies, ESPN has secured rights to the Liga Total Cup, featuring four top Bundesliga's top teams - Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich - along with Real Madrid's game against Benfica on July 27.

Pre-season friendlies live on ESPN:

International Friendlies:

Wednesday May 30 (1am) USA v Brazil
Thursday May 31 (8pm) France v Serbia
Sunday June 3 (8pm) Brazil v Mexico
Tuesday June 5 (8pm) France v Estonia
Saturday June 9 (8pm) Brazil v Argentina

Club pre-season friendlies:

Saturday July 21 (9pm) Toronto FC v Liverpool
Tuesday July 24 (1.45pm) Arsenal v Malaysia Selection
Wednesday July 25 (4am) LA Galaxy v Tottenham
Wednedday July 25 (11.30pm) Liverpool v AS Roma
Thurs July 26 (1.30am) MLS All Stars v Chelsea
Friday July 27 (1pm) Arsenal v Manchester City
Friday July 27 (TBC) Benfica v Real Madrid
Saturday July 28 (6pm) Liverpool v Tottenham
Sunday July 29 Arsenal v Hong Kong Kitchee
Monday July 30 Manchester City v Malaysia Selection
Tuesday July 31 NY Red Bulls v Tottenham
August 4/5 (TBC) Liga Total Cup
Thursday August 9 (TBC) Valencia v Tottenham

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