Martin Ainstein, one of four ESPN reporters covering EURO 2020, is based in Seville, Spain, where he will cover Wednesday’s pivotal Slovakia versus Spain match (12 p.m. ET, ESPN), which has huge implications in determining the winner of Group E.
Ainstein has worked as a Spain-based correspondent for ESPN and ESPN Deportes the past 16 years, covering four FIFA World Cups and now his fourth UEFA European Championship.
Aisntein has also produced more than 50 documentaries about sports around the world, including the World Cup-themed “Last Train to Russia” travelogue, which highlighted the Russian cities that hosted matches for the event in 2018.
“My work in Seville is to focus on Spain’s transition in this new generation that is building up after the most important group of players – the golden generation in Spain’s history – won a World Cup and two EUROS,” he said. “The biggest challenge for them now is to stand up and show what they have to offer. They have to let the world know that they are still a very good group of skillful players that have a lot to give the world of soccer.”
Global Correspondent and Senior Writer Sam Borden and producer Jim Witalka began their journey in Rome and will crisscross the continent to capture the best sense-of-place stories. Borden has been updating his Instagram with plenty of behind-the-scenes photos.
Two additional reporters – Alexis Nunes (UK), and Archie Rhind-Tutt (Germany) – will provide additional coverage based in their home countries.