SOCCER ON THE BOX – YOUR TV WEEKEND

SOCCER ON THE BOX – YOUR TV WEEKEND

The Premiership comes to a close on Sunday, and barring some kind of disaster for Chelsea, the title will go to the Blues. Tottenham has locked up 4th place and the final Champions League spot and can even seize 3rd place from Arsenal with a win on Sunday and a Gunner loss at Europa Cup Finalists Fulham at the Emirates. The rest of the drama has been sorted, even the relegation battles.

More exciting is the Championship Promotion Playoffs, the 1st Legs of which take place this weekend.  Frustratingly the Sunday match between Leicester City and Cardiff City doesn’t seem to be available to watch anywhere in the States (If I find out any information regarding this I will post it as soon as possible). The Saturday match featuring Blackpool hosting Nottingham Forest will be shown on Fox Soccer Plus, and if you can watch it, I wholeheartedly recommend doing just that. I strongly believe that the promotion playoffs are the last remnants of truly English Football, something that gets lost in the Premier League.  The playoffs are always entertaining for the neutral and nerve-racking for the fan of any club involved. The prize? Playing in the most entertaining, powerful, lucrative and renowned leagues on the planet, in any sport.

There is a shinny trophy and a truck-load of cash too.

In other TV possibilities, the Bundesliga will wrap up this weekend with only the last Champions League spot up for grabs. If Levekusen beats M’Gladbach they can secure the last spot with a Werder Breman loss to Hamburg.

Inter leads Roma by 2 points in Italy and Barcelona leads Real Madrid by just one point in Italy Spain respectively, Both leagues are in their penultimate week.

Mexican Playoffs abound, but let us not forget Major League Soccer which puts forth 7 matches on Saturday.

Week 7.5 in MLS is highlighted by the LA Galaxy rolling into Qwest Stadium to take on the Seattle Sounders in one of three matches taking place at the same time on Saturday afternoon. Just like Europe, for all you Euro snobs. FSC offers us Columbus v New England for the evening. Living the dream.

ALL TIMES EASTERN

BOLDMLS MATCHES

ITALICS – GAME OF THE WEEKEND

SATURDAY

England, Blackpool-Nottingham Forest 7:45 am ET, FSP

Germany, Werder Bremen-Hamburg 9:30 am GolTV

Germany, Hertha Berlin-Bayern Munich 9:30 am ESPN Deportes

England, Leeds-Bristol 10 am FSP

Germany, Mainz-Schalke 11:30 am ESPN Deportes

Germany, Moenchengladbach-Leverkusen 11:30 am GolTV Premiere

Spain, Sevilla-Barcelona 3 pm GolTV

Spain, Real Madrid-Bilbao 3 pm ESPN Deportes

Spain, Getafe-Malaga 3 pm DirecTV (Channel 456)

Spain, Xerez-Zaragoza 3 pm DirecTV (457)

Spain, Espanol-Osasuna 3 pm DirecTV (458)

MLS, Seattle-Los Angeles 4 pm Telefutura

MLS, Toronto-Chicago 4 pm Direct Kick

MLS, Real Salt Lake-Philadelphia 4 pm Direct Kick

Spain, Coruna-Mallorca 5 pm ESPN Deportes

Brazil, Botofogo-Santos 5:30 pm GolTV

MLS, Columbus-New England 7 pm FSC

Mexico, Monterrey-Pachuca 7 pm Telemundo

Spain, Gijon-Atletico Madrid 7 pm ESPN Deportes

Colombia, Equidad-Nacional 7:15 pm GolTV

MLS, Dallas-D.C. United 9 pm Direct Kick

Mexico, Chivas-Morelia 9 pm Telemundo

Colombia, Medellin-Huila 9:30 pm GolTV

MLS, San Jose-New York 10 pm Direct Kick

MLS, Chivas USA-Houston 10:30 pm Direct Kick

SUNDAY

Italy, Inter Milan-Chievo 9 am FSC

Italy, Roma-Cagliari 9 am FSP

England, Chelsea-Wigan 11 am FSC

England, Manchester United-Stoke 11 am FSP

England, Burnley-Spurs 1 pm FSC

England, Arsenal-Fulham 1 pm FSP

Argentina, Estudiantes-Rosario 1 pm FSE

Mexico, Toluca-America 1 pm Telemundo

Italy, Genoa-AC Milan 3 pm FSP

Brazil, Flamengo-Sao Paulo 3 p.m. GolTV

Mexico, Pumas-Santos Laguna 6 p.m. Telemundo

WPS, Atlanta-Sky Blue 7 p.m. FSC

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