World Football Update - Aug 10th 2011
Premier League starts this weekend!
Jon Forget
Aug 10th 2011
Friends of Football,
 
     The excitement is building, as we are only a few days out from the beginning of the 2011/12 English Premier League season.  Provided the unrest in Great Britain doesnt delay or cancel some of the fixtures, we should be up for an incredible weekend of football.  Make sure to get your fantasy squads created before Friday night, as you wont want to miss out on the first weeks points.  We have fantasy leagues for both the Three Lions and the Bulldog, and everyone is encouraged to field a team in both.   There is truly no better way to follow the league and learn about the teams and players than to play the fantasy game.  Since we now have two amazing football pubs here in Denver, we will be featuring different matches at each venue.  This will ensure that every fan, no matter who you support, will be able to get their game with volume.  Our supporters groups for each English or European club, will be viewing at one or the other pub for every home or away match (info on the groups can be found at http://www.bulldogsupporters.com/groups/ ).  This ensures that fans from every team will get to enjoy matches at both venues, with their fellow supporters.  If you have a team that you passionately support, and want to set up a supporters club for them, please reach out to myself or Wendi to make arrangements.  To avoid any confusion, let me make it clear that if a game is listed on the update it can be seen at either pub.  The only difference is that the supporters groups will be hosting events at one or the other venue each week, and we will always announce where they will be watching.  Before we get on to this weekends action, we have a some midweek football that deserves some mention.
 
     Today brings us a couple of classic friendlies, featuring two of footballs greatest rivalries.  First we have Germany facing Brazil (12:45pm kick off), pitting two of the most succesful National sides in the World against each other (Brazil 5 WC victories, Germany 3 WC victories).  The two teams met in the 2002 World Cup Final, and Brazil holds the better record in the series by far.  Germany has not beaten Brazil on the International stage since 1993, and will be keen to do so on home soil.  The Brazilians are coming off a very poor performance in the Copa America, and new Coach Mano Menezes is under pressure to get a result.  All these factors make this match a bit more than your typical friendly.  In our other big Friendly of the day we have something very special lined up, as the USMNT face Mexico in a rematch of the Gold Cup Final.  The US v Mexico rivalry continues to gain traction as one of the Worlds best, and it can hardly be considered a friendly any time these two teams meet.  Mexico is fielding essentially the same squad that beat the Americans a month ago, including all the goal scorers from that game.  They are without Chicharito however, as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered in training.  This match is not only a chance for the Americans to revenge their Gold Cup Final loss, but it is also an opportunity to start off on the right foot with their brand new Coach Jurgen Klinsmann.  Klinsmann is by far the most accomplished and experienced Coach the USMNT has ever had.  Unlike most of our previous coaches, Klinsmann had a very successful career as a player at both the Club and International level.  His accolades include two UEFA Cup Championships, one European Championship, and winning the World Cup in 1990.  He played for several prominent European Clubs, including Stuttgart, Inter Milan, AS Monaco, Tottenham, and Bayern Munich.  As a Coach he managed Germany to a third place finish in the 2006 World Cup.  He has promised to bring a more attacking style of football to the USMNT, and has already brought in some players that we would have never seen under Bob Bradleys leadership.  Although it will take time for Jurgen to exert his influence on the U.S. program, most USMNT fans are thrilled to have him at the helm.  It certainly provides a glimmer of hope for a program that was bogged down with passionless, conservative coaches, that were more proficient at playing politics than running a football program. 
 
     On to the opening weekend for the EPL season.  Saturday morning things kick off at 8am with Liverpool facing Sunderland as the feature match at the Three LIons, and Tottenham v Everton at the Bulldog.  The Newcastle v Arsenal fixture will be featured at both Pubs in the 10:30am slot, with the Colorado Gunners viewing at the Three Lions.  Sunday we have an early kickoff with Stoke City facing Chelsea at 6:30am.  The Chelsea Supporters group, the Rocky Mountain Blues will be at the Bulldog for this match.  At 9am defending Champions Manchester United kick off their season against West Brom.  Uniteds Supporters group, the Colorado Red Devils, will be assembling at the Three Lions.  Sunday afternoon Real Madrid host Barcelona in the Super Copa de Espana, which will be featured at both Pubs.  Always a classic, this promises to be a good one.
 
     Our Colorado Rapids are back in action Saturday night, as they travel to San Jose to take on the Quakes in a rematch of the Conference Semi Final last year.  It is always tough to get a win on San Joses pitch, as it is one of the smallest in the league.  Colorado is in good form, as they build confidence for their playoff run, sitting well above San Jose in the league table.  That means the Quakes will be desperate to get a result, as the playoff picture is already beginning to fade for them. Kick off is at 8:30pm, and fans will be assembling at both pubs to support the Rapids for this match.  Next week the Rapids begin their CONCACAF Champions League campaign with a home fixture against Metapan from El Salvador.  International competition has been a long time coming for the Rapids, and we will be running buses of supporters up for the match.  Be sure to book your spot online (www.bulldogsupporters.com) for what promises to be a great mid week fixture! 
 
Wednesday August 10th
Germany v Brazil 12:45pm (International Friendly)
France v Chile 3pm (International Friendly)
U.S.A. v Mexico 7pm (International Friendly) 
 
Thursday August 11th
Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool 12:45pm (Carling Cup)
Vasco de Gama v Palmeiras 6:50pm (Copa Sudaamerica)
 
Saturday August 13th
Liverpool v Sunderland 8am (EPL)
Queens Park Rangers v Bolton 8am (EPL)
Tottenham v Everton 8am (EPL)
Birmingham v Coventry 10am (Npower Championship Tape Delay)
Newcastle v Arsenal 10:30am (EPL)
Seattle v Chivas 2pm (MLS)
Toronto v Salt Lake 5pm (MLS)
New York v Chicago 5:30pm (MLS)
Philadelphia v Dallas 5:30pm (MLS)
D.C. United v Vancouver 5:30pm (MLS)
Columbus v New England 5:30pm (MLS)
Sporting v Los Angeles 6:30pm (MLS)
San Jose v Colorado 8:30pm (MLS Away Game Viewing Parties)
 
Sunday August 14th
Stoke City v Chelsea 6:30am (EPL)
West Brom v Man. United 9:00am (EPL)
Lille v Montpelier 1pm (Ligue 1)
Real Madrid v Barcelona 2pm (Supercopa de Espana)
Houston v Portland 7pm (MLS)
 
Monday August 15th
Man. City v Swansea City 1pm (EPL)
    
 
Premiership Fantasy Leagues: This year both the Bulldog and the Three Lions will be hosting Fantasy Football for the Premiership, and there is no better way to learn about the different players and teams in the EPL than playing the game.  The 2011/12 version of the game is set up, and ready for you to create your squad ( go to this link to create your team  http://fantasy.premierleague.com/).  Once you are logged in create your squad, and then go to join leagues.  The code to join the British Bulldog 2011/12 Fantasy Challenge is 541808-145005.  The code to join the Three Lions 2011/12 Fantasy Football League is 541808-145016. 

Championship Fantasy League:  Championship football kicks off on August 5th, be sure to join the British Bulldog Championship Fantasy League before then.  There is no better way to learn the players and get into watching another great football league then playing the Fantasy game!  Follow this link: http://fantasy.football-league.co.uk/Index.aspx and type in the code below.
 Name: British Bulldog Championship Fantasy League
 League PIN: 3113

Bulldog Supporters Group:  www.bulldogsupporters.com  Do you love futbol, beer, tailgates, bus trips, singing songs and chants, and supporting your team with other knowledgeable fans?  If you said yes to any of these questions then the BSG is your club.  Passionate about World Football, and improving the atmosphere at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, I encourage you to get involved!                        

2011 Formula 1 Grand Prix:  Formula 1 is the ultimate in sports car racing, and the Bulldog is proud to host fans of the Worlds greatest racing series.  The series returns to action with the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday August 28th.  In addition the Bulldog has created a Fantasy Formula 1 League for the discerning fan:  follow this link to create your team, and type in the league name and password to join our private mini-league.  (http://gpedition.speedfantasyracing.com )
The league name is: British Bulldog F1 Challenge
The password is: poleposition
 
British Bulldog Queries and Info:  contact Wendi Reed at toffeegirl8@gmail.com

Three Lions Queries and Info:  contact Jon Forget at threelionsusa@gmail.com
-Jon
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