FOX Sports activities’ Alexi Lalas, Stu Holden speak preparation earlier than ‘Summer season of Soccer’ kicks off

Soccer followers may have a busy summer season with loads of high-stakes matches on the docket.

Copa América and UEFA Euro 2024 will each be introduced on FOX Sports activities, from June 14 to July 14, as a part of a “Summer season of Soccer.” 

FOX Sports activities would be the dwelling of UEFA Euro for the primary time and can broaden protection of Copa América in the USA.

FOX Sports activities will current 78 matches over 30 days. UEFA Euro matches, held in Germany, will begin at 9 a.m. ET, 12 p.m. ET and three p.m. ET and Copa matches are held within the afternoon and night within the U.S.


Watch all of the protection on FOX Sports activities. (FOX Sports activities)

Alexi Lalas is FOX Sports activities’ lead studio analyst for UEFA Euro and Copa América. Stu Holden is FOX Sports activities’ lead match analyst on Copa América and a UEFA Euro studio analyst.

Lalas and Holden talked about their preparation going into the marathon of matches.

“From a studio perspective, it’s the identical preparation that you just’ve achieved – sort of occasions two. I believe you simply should, in some unspecified time in the future, come to the belief that you just’re going to have to have the ability to modify on the fly as you go,” Lalas defined to Fox Information Digital in a latest interview. 

“You do the entire preparation when it comes to watching video games, when it comes to studying every little thing that you just presumably can about these groups. A few of them of you recognize, however there’s loads of groups that you just don’t, just like the Albanias of the world.”


Stu Holden and Alexi Lalas

Stu Holden and Alexi Lalas lead the protection of Copa América and Euro 2024. (FOX Sports activities)

Holden shared with Fox Information Digital what he believed was the “largest duty” he has as a commentator going into the matches.

“I suppose for me, the great factor is that now, having achieved this and this being 9, 10 years of broadcasting, you find yourself with sort of this built-in information of each match. You study increasingly. You see loads of the identical names, and also you’re sort of simply refreshed,” he mentioned. 

“But it surely actually is loads of watching video games, from my perspective as a commentator, loads of tape, loads of pronunciations, loads of ways and nuances of the sport. 

“However I all the time suppose that our largest duty to the viewer is to attempt to add in a method that doesn’t take away from the sport and that we don’t change into the celebs. That, in some ways, we add to the motion on the sphere in relation to particular to calling the sport.

“Most of the time, within the massive video games, much less is extra. You’ve gotten such nice photos and so, so many nice gamers and large video games and stadiums which can be full. And it’s our job to sort of simply paint across the edges. It’s sort of enjoyable, truly. By the point you get to the later phases of the match, you’re doing much less since you’ve seen all of it. The viewers are accustomed to it, and it’s my job simply so as to add to the intricacies round that.”

UEFA Euro begins June 14. Italy is the defending champion.

UEFA Euro soccer ball

A UEFA Euro 2024 match ball throughout a coaching session at Rockliffe Park Might 31, 2024, in Darlington, England. (Eddie Keogh/The FA through Getty Photos)


Copa América begins June 20. Argentina is the defending champion in that match.

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