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GolTV Gears Up for World Cup

4/10/2006 9:25 AM Eastern

With the 2006 Fédération Internationale de Football Association World Cup in Germany now less than eight weeks away, GolTV is ramping up its programming focusing on the globe’s biggest sporting event.

The soccer-centric service -- which is available in English or Spanish and currently reaches some 9 million U.S. homes -- is rolling out a number of shows prior to the action kicking off in Germany June 9, and it will also have talent on-hand in that nation through the tourney’s July 9 finale.

"June’s World Cup in Germany offers us the perfect opportunity to showcase our existing shows and talent, as well as to bring fans something extra to keep the thrill alive both before and after each match,” said Enzo Francescoli, GolTV founder and two-time Uruguayan World Cup player, in a prepared statement.

Currently airing Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. through April 25 (EST), FIFA Fever relives the best and most historic moments in World Cup history.

Over the next five weeks in the time slot, FIFA Centennial will showcase in-depth documentaries from the sport’s world governing body, including unedited footage and interviews with such notables as Brazil’s Pelé and Mexico’s Hugo Sanchez.

GolTV will present FIFA’s World Cup Focus 2006 Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., starting April 26 and running through May 31. The 30-minute show will provide a preview to the quadrennial event.

Kicking off Fridays April 28 and leading to the tourney’s first day, Futbol Mundial will explore the build-up and fan reaction in trying to give viewers a taste for what the Cup means around the world.

The network’s talent and crew will be on the scene in Germany June 7-July 10, with daily one-hour specials covering everything related to the games, goals and stats at the tournament. The 33 GolTV News installments will premiere nightly at 7 p.m. before encoring at 9 p.m. and midnight.

And GolTV in Germany, airing nightly at 8 p.m., will feature the network’s reporters and journalists discussing all of the relevant action and developments.