SOCCER ON THE BOX: THE MID-WEEK

SOCCER ON THE BOX: THE MID-WEEK

It is impossible to escape the majesty of the knock out rounds of UEFA Champions League.  Every week we are treated to some of the best the sport has to offer.  Intelligent, quick and gifted players giving us sweeping challenges and magical goals. History, tension, passion and the beautiful game. The impossible match-ups that seem like they can only take place in a video game, but happen in front of your eyes every Tuesday and Wednesday.  A sort of weekly World Cup every spring, there is nothing like it, and this Tuesday will be no exception.

Defending Champions Barcelona are the best team on the planet in the past month or so, no team has been able to slow them down whether in La Liga or Champions League. They are the team that has it all, except of course the self proclaimed Special One: José Mourinho.

No Mourinho is not with Barca, he is the manager of Inter Milan, the team charged with stopping Barcelona in the semi-finals of this seasons Champions League which begin on Tuesday. No slouches themselves, Inter Milan are winners of the Italian Serie A four years running and have a very strong chance of making it five. The Special One, however will have his hands full on Tuesday, for Barca does not just have it all, it has it all and Lionel Messi the most entrancing player alive.

Lionel Messi  is riding the crest of a run of form that seems against all reason.  Many of us, in the years to come, will be attempting to explain Messi’s current form to those who hadn’t paid attention. Pay attention.

ALL TIMES EASTERN

BOLD – MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

ITALICS – GAME OF THE MID-WEEK

TUESDAY, April 20

FOX SPORTS NET

UEFA Champions League INTER MILAN-BARCELONA (live) 2:45 pm

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

UEFA Champions League INTER MILAN-BARCELONA (delay) 5 pm.

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL

UEFA Champions League INTER MILAN-BARCELONA (live) 2:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores ESTUDIANTES-ALIANZA LIMA (live) 8 pm.

FOX SOCCER PLUS

Copa Libertadores ESTUDIANTES-ALIANZA LIMA (live) 8 pm.

WEDNESDAY, April 21

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

UEFA Champions League BAYERN MUNICH-LYON (live) 2:30 pm.

Concacaf Champions League CRUZ AZUL-PACHUCA  (live) 10 pm.

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL

UEFA Champions League BAYERN MUNICH-LYON (live) 2:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores NACIONAL [URU]-MORELIA (live) 6:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores CLUB NACIONAL [PAR]-MONTERREY (live) 8:30 pm.

FOX SOCCER PLUS

England HULL CITY-ASTON VILLA (live) 2:40 pm.

UEFA Champions League BAYERN MUNICH-LYON (delay) 5 pm.

GOL TV

Italy UDINESE-ROMA (live) noon.

TELEFUTURA

Concacaf Champions League CRUZ AZUL-PACHUCA  (live) 10 pm.

THURSDAY, April 22

ESPN2

MLS DALLAS-SEATTLE (live) 8 pm.

ESPN DEPORTES

MLS DALLAS-SEATTLE (live) 8 pm.

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL

Copa Libertadores CHILE-U CATOLICA (delay) 2 pm.

Copa Libertadores SAO PAULO-ONCE CALDAS (delay) 4:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores INTERNACIONAL-DEPORTIVO QUITO (live) 6:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores CORINTHIANS-INDEPENDIENTE MEDELLIN (live) 8:30 pm.

GOL TV

Europa League HAMBURG-FULHAM (live) 3 pm.

Europa League ATL. MADRID-LIVERPOOL (delay) 8 pm.

Thanks to Soccer America, Soccer Insider and USsoccerplayers.com who I copy and paste this information from on a regular basis.

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