World Football Update - Mar 6th 2012
The Rapids Home Opener is nearly here!
Jon Forget
Mar 6th 2012
World Football Update - Mar 6th 2012
Feature Matches 3/6-3/12 

     Arsenal attempts to erase a four goal deficit in this afternoons Champions League clash with AC Milan.  It has been seventeen years since a team last overcame a four goal deficit to advance in this tournament.  The Gunners are at home, and have a bit of belief after two big wins in the Premiership.  In Tuesdays second Champions League fixture, Benfica host Zenit St. Petersburg.  The Russians hold a slim advantage, going into the game 3-2 on aggregate.  Zenit will be fighting to earn their first ever berth in the CL Quarterfinals, while storied Club Benfica believe they can turn over the Russians at home.   Tuesdays other match of note has Birmingham, last years Carling Cup Champions, hosting Chelsea in an FA Cup Fifth Round replay.  Interim Coach Roberto Di Matteo will be at the helm for the Blues, after the sacking of Andre Villas Boas this past weekend.

     Wednesday brings both European and CONCACAF Champions League Football to the table.  Defending Champions Barcelona look set to advance, as they host Bayer Leverkusen at the Camp Nou, with a two goal aggregate advantage.  In our other CL match of the day upstart Cypriot team APOEL try to overtake Lyons one goal advantage.  The Cypriots, who have never advanced this far in European competition, hold home field advantage.  Lyon, who are in their ninth straight round of 16 appearance, are without key player Yoann Gourcuff.  Our other lunchtime fixture of the day has Tottenham facing League One Club Stevenage in an FA Cup Fifth Round replay.  Wednesday evening sees the return of the CONCACAF Champions League with Toronto facing the Los Angeles Galaxy, and Seattle hosting Santos Laguna.

     Thursday is all about the Europa League with a full schedule of fixtures to look forward to.  Both Manchester United and Manchester City are in action, with the former facing Athletico Madrid, and the latter taking on Sporting Lisbon.

     Our weekend lineup brings some terrific European football, but the real story is the return of our domestic league, as the MLS kicks off the 2012 season.  The Colorado Rapids start their campaign with a home clash against the Columbus Crew (4pm Kickoff).  Two years running the Rapids have eliminated the Crew from the MLS playoffs, and the rivalry is sure to continue here.  This will be everyones first chance to see the new look Rapids, as they come into this season with a new Coach, different formation, and quite a few new players.  Buses will be running from both the British Bulldog and the Three Lions prior to the match, and the Bulldog Supporters Group will be holding a prematch tailgate party in the West VIP lot (Click here to reserve for the Bus/Tailgate: ).  If you love football, or even a good party, make your way out to support our hometown boys as they kick things off for 2012!

On the Horizon

     A full schedule of Champions League and Europa League Football is the midweek fare, followed by a big weekend of EPL, La Liga, MLS, and FA Cup Sixth round action.  Our Rapids are away with a Sunday afternoon kickoff, and both the Bulldog and Three Lions will be featuring this match!

This Weeks Football

Tuesday March 6th
Benfica v Zenit 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Arsenal v AC Milan 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Birmingham v Chelsea 12:45pm (FA Cup 5th Round Replay)

Wednesday March 7th
Bologna v Juventus 10:30am (Serie A)
Tottenham v Stevenage 12:30pm (FA Cup 5th Round Replay)
Barcelona v B. Leverkusen 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
APOEL v Lyon 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Toronto v L.A. Galaxy 6:00pm (CONCACAF Champions League)
Seattle Sounders v Santos Laguna 8:00pm (CONCACAF Champions League)

Thursday March 8th
Sporting Lisbon v Manchester City 11:00am (Europa League)
FC Twente v Schalke 04 11am (Europa League)
A. Madrid v Besiktas 11:00am (Europa League)
S. Liege v Hannover 96 1:00pm (Europa League)
Valencia v PSV Eindhoven 1:00pm (Europa League)
AZ Alkmar v Udinese 1:00pm (Europa League)
Manchester United v Athletic Bilbao 1:00pm (Europa League)

Friday March 9th 
Chievo v Inter Milan 12:45pm (Serie A)

Saturday March 10th
Bolton v Queens Park Rangers 5:45am (EPL)
Bayern Munchen v Hoffenheim 7:30am (Bundesliga)
Chelsea v Stoke City 8am (EPL)
Sunderland v Liverpool 8am (EPL)
Bristol City v Cardiff City 10:20am (Championship)
Everton v Tottenham 10:30am (EPL)
Palermo v Roma 12:45pm (Serie A)
Real Betis v Real Madrid 2:00pm (La Liga)
Vancouver v Montreal 4:00pm (MLS)
Colorado v Columbus 4:00pm (MLS Home Game Tailgate/Bus Trip)
D.C. United v Sporting K.C. 5:30pm (MLS)
L.A. Galaxy v Real Salt Lake 8:30pm (MLS)
San Jose v New England 8:30pm (MLS)

Sunday March 11th
Manchester United v West Brom 8:00am (EPL)
Swansea v Manchester City 8:00am (EPL)
Norwich v Wigan 10:00am  (EPL)
R. Santander v Barcelona 11:00am (La Liga)
Dallas v New York 1:00pm (MLS)
Lazio v Bologna 1:45pm (Serie A)
Montpelier v Caen 2:00pm (Ligue 1)
Chivas v Houston 5:00pm (MLS)

Monday March 12th
Arsenal v Newcastle 2:00pm (EPL)
Portland v Philadelphia 8:30pm (MLS)

Avalanche Hockey
Avs v Wild 7pm Tues. Mar. 6th
Predators v Avs 6pm Thurs Mar. 8th
Avs v Oilers 1pm Sat. Mar. 10th

Sabres Hockey
Sabres v Hurricanes 5pm Wed. Mar. 7th
Bruins v Sabres 5pm Thurs. Mar. 8th
Senators v Sabres 5pm Sat. Mar. 10th

Six Nations Rugby
Wales v Italy 7:30am (Six Nations Tournament) 

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