World Football Update - Aug 7th 2012
Olympics, MLS & the final preseason games this week!
Jon Forget
Aug 7th 2012
World Football Update - Aug 7th 2012
Feature Matches
 
     This second week of August brings us more than a few feature matches of note, and plenty of terrific peripheral action.  Today we have theMens Olympic Semifinals, featuring one of our regional representatives Mexico at 10am, and tournament favorites Brazil at 12:30pm.  Both sides face the class of Asia, Japan and S. Korea, for a chance at Olympic Gold.  Those of you that were lucky enough to catch theU.S. Womens National Team play in the Semis against Canada on Monday, know that the Americans take on Japan in the Womens Gold Medal Match this Thursday at 12:30pm.  Not only was their Monday victory epic in terms of style and drama, but now the chance is on the table for retribution, for an American side that lost to Japan in the 2011 World Cup Final.  If you love football, you have to admire the never say die attitude of our U.S. Womens team.  With their backs against the wall more than once in the Semifinal, their mentality and sheer willpower made the difference at the end of the day.   The Pub will be open early for this must see match, and the atmosphere should be tremendous as we cheer our U.S. Women on to Gold!
 
     Backpedalling a bit, we have a few good matches to look forward to on Wednesday as well.  Manchester United take onBarcelona in a lunchtime Club Friendly.  The history these two Clubs have had recently should make this a well contested match, as both Clubs tune up for the beginning of their 2012/13 European campaigns.  Later in the evening our feature match will be the U.S. Open Cup Final between Sporting K.C. and the Seattle Sounders.  This is the first piece of domestic silverware up for grabs in 2012.  SKC holds home field advantage, as the Final is being contested at Livestrong Park, but Seattle has been the team to beat in this competition.  Kick off is at 7pm, and the match will be played live with volume on the balcony (trivia will be in the main bar).
 
     Saturday we have two feature matches to look forward to, with the Mens Olympic Gold Medal match kicking off at 8am, and our ColoradoRapids taking on Dallas in a dinnertime Western Conference battle.  The Rapids managed to end their six game losing skid against arch rivals Salt Lake, and will be looking to build on that result, as they fight to climb back up the table.  Dallas is always tough at home, due to the sweltering Summertime heat and humidity away sides must deal with at Pizza Hut Park.  Kick off is at 7pm, and $3.50 Coors Lights and $5.50 Carlsbergs will be available during the match.    
 
     Early Sunday morning 2011/12 FA Cup Champions Chelsea take on reigning English Premier League Champions Manchester City in the Community Shield Match (6:30am KO).  This match, held a week before the EPL kicks off, is the first chance at silverware for these two Champion sides.  The Lions will be serving full breakfast and featuring our weekend football Happy Hour for this kick off to the European season.  
 
On the Horizon  
 
     Next week the USMNT travels to Estadio Azteca, where they have never managed a win, to take on arch rivals Mexico.  The 2012/13English Premier League and La Liga seasons commence next weekend, and our Colorado Rapids are at home toChivas!
 
This Weeks Football
 
Tuesday August 7th
Mexico v Japan 10am (Mens Olympic Semifinals)
Brazil v S. Korea 12:30pm (Mens Olympic Semifinals)
 
Wednesday August 8th
Manchester United v Barcelona 12pm (Club Friendly)
Real Madrid v AC Milan 6pm (World Football Challenge)
Sporting K.C. v Seattle 7pm (U.S. Open Cup Final)
 
Thursday August 9th
Womens Olympics Third Place Game 6am
Womens Olympics Final 12:45pm
Liverpool v Gomel 1pm (Europa League Qualifier 2nd Leg)
 
Friday August 10th
Mens Olympics Third Place Game 12:45pm
New York v Houston 6pm (MLS)
 
Saturday August 11th
Mens Olympics Final 8am
Real madrid v Celtic 1:30pm (World Football Challenge)
Vancouver v Salt Lake 5pm (MLS)
Columbus v Toronto 5:30pm (MLS)
Sporting K.C. v D.C. United 6:30pm (MLS)
Dallas v Colorado 7pm (MLS Away Game Viewing Party)
San Jose v Seattle 8:30pm (MLS)
 
Sunday August 12th
Chelsea v Manchester City 6:30am (Community Shield)
Ajax v AZ Alkmarr 8:30am (Eriedivisie A)
Philadelphia v Chicago 5pm (MLS)
New England v Montreal 5pm (MLS)
Chivas v L.A. Galaxy 7pm (MLS)
 
Three Lions Fantasy Football League:  Test your mettle against other football fanatics by playing the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League Fantasy Football Game.  To join the Three Lions league go tohttp://fantasy.premierleague.com/ , sign up, create your squad, and click on join league.  The game will prompt you to enter a code to join our private league.  The code is154057-45174.  Playing fantasy Prem is a great way to learn about different teams and players in the Premiership, and after the initial set up only takes five or ten minutes each week to adjust your squad.
 
2012 Olympic Games: The Summer Games will be featured live from London beginning July 27th, with full coverage at the Three Lions. Tetleys Ale will be on special throughout the games, and we will open early on the weekends serving a full breakfast and Happy Hour!
 
Formula 1: Sunday September 2nd the F1 series returns with the Belgian Grand Prix live from Spa Francorchamps.
 
Scarf Wall: We are currently collecting soccer scarves from around the world for the Three Lions scarf wall. If you have any old football scarves that are just sitting in a drawer, and you would like to see them displayed in the Pub, please bring them down. (Thank you to all of the folks that have already contributed!)

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