World Football Update - Aug 15th 2012
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Jon Forget
Aug 15th 2012
World Football Update - Aug 15th 2012
Feature Matches
 
A full day of International Friendlies is on tap at the Lions this Wednesday, including a huge CONCACAF match between theUnited States and Mexico (6pm kick off). Starting with their most recent Gold Cup win, Mexico has established itself as the regional powerhouse. El Tri is in fine form, having won their last six in a row, and they are expected to field an experienced side led by a potent strike force of Chicharito, Guardado, Barrera, and Zavala. The U.S. on the other hand is facing an uphill battle, having never won in Mexico (0-23-1), and facing their rivals at the massive and foreboding Estadio Azteca. This match is about experience for the U.S., as Jurgen Klinsmann has chosen a youthful side, led primarily by MLS and Liga MX players. The back four looks to be the least experienced area of this U.S. squad, with Fabian Johnson taking the reins in the absence of Bocanegra and Cherundolo. There are a few familiar and experienced names in the team though, with Tim Howard, Landon Donavan, Jermaine Jones, Maurice Edu, and Demarcus Beasley all on the roster. The most glaring omission is American talisman Clint Dempsey, who has sat out the preseason for Fulham, and is not match fit for this fixture. Some U.S. players to keep an eye on are former Rapid Hercules Gomez, and MLS leading scorer Chris Wondolowski. The bottom line is, Friendly or not, this is always a classic battle. Sooner or later the U.S. will get a win south of the border, and despite this somewhat inexperienced roster, it may be tonight!
 
There are plenty of other terrific Friendly matches this afternoon, starting withSweden taking on Brazil at noon, Germany v Argentina at 12:45pm, and Italy taking onEngland at 2pm. MLS rounds out the day with three live matches.
 
The third week in August is an exciting time in football, as the 2012/13 European campaign kicks off. The Lions will open the doors at 7am Saturday morning to ring in the beginning of the English Premier League season, with the first matches set to kick off at 8am. A couple of the perennial contenders in the EPL feature in the first matches of the day, withArsenal hosting Sunderland and Liverpool travelling toWest Brom. The 10:30am match is a mouth watering affair between Newcastle and Tottenham. The Geordies are coming off a great season, and much is expected of them this year, while the Spurs have a new Manager and a familiar roster full of big name players. Every point counts in EPL, so expect a fast and furious start to the new season (EPL Preview: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story/_/id/1133337/premier-league-preview-2012-13:-from-out-of-the-shadows?cc=5901 ). Saturday evening ourColorado Rapids are at home to Chivas, who sit a point ahead of us with three games in hand. There are some great ticket deals, and our Burgundy Boys need to grab another W, so get out in support of our hometown Club! Buses, hosted by the Bulldog Supporters Group, will be departing the Pub throughout the afternoon, and reservations can be made atwww.bulldogsupporters.com .
 
Sunday morning the Pub opens its doors at 6:15am, as the reigning European Champions,Chelsea, take on Wigan with a 6:30am kick off. This match is followed by the 2011/12 EPL Champions, Manchester City, facing recently promoted Southampton. City are clear favorites to repeat, as they have a tremendous amount of depth in their squad. Chelsea have once again splashed the cash and reloaded with a handful of young and expensive players. Sunday afternoon we have Real Madrid and Barcelona kicking off their La Liga campaigns, and coverage of these matches will largely hinge on BEIN Sports, who now hold the rights to La Liga, striking a deal with Directv. Look for an announcement on our Facebook page, and an adjusted schedule on the website, as we wait on news of the deal. We finish the weeks football on Monday with a lunchtime kick off between Everton andManchester United. The Lions will have Fish & Chips on special for $7.50 for this enticing lunchtime fixture!
 
On the Horizon
 
Next week our Colorado Rapids face Western Conference leaders San Jose in a Saturday night road match, Barcelona battleReal Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, Bundesliga and Serie A kick off,Liverpool take on Man City, and Chelseaface Newcastle in the EPL.
 
This Weeks Football

Wednesday August 15th
Sweden v Brazil 12pm (International Friendly)
Germany v Argentina 12:45pm (International Friendly)
Belgium v Holland 12:45pm (International Friendly)
Italy v England 2pm (International Friendly)
Spain v Puerto Rico 2:30pm (International Friendly)
Columbus v L.A. 5pm (MLS)
Toronto v Portland 5:30pm (MLS)
USA v Mexico 6pm (International Friendly)
Vancouver v Dallas 8pm (MLS)
 
Saturday August 18th
West Brom Albion v Liverpool 8am (EPL Main Bar)
Fulham v Norwich 8am (EPL Best corner)
Arsenal v Sunderland 8am (EPL Balcony)
Newcastle v Tottenham 10:30am (EPL)
West Ham v Aston Villa 12:30pm (EPL Tape Delay)
Queens Park Rangers v Swansea 1pm (EPL Tape Delay)
Seattle v Vancouver 2pm (MLS)
Toronto v Sporting K.C. 2:30pm (MLS)
Reading v Stoke 2:30pm (EPL Tape Delay)
Montreal v San Jose 5:30pm (MLS)
Chicago v New England 6:30pm (MLS)
Colorado v Chivas 7pm (MLS Home Game Bus Trip/Tailgate)
Salt Lake v Dallas 7pm (MLS)
 
Sunday August 19th
Wigan v Chelsea 6:30am (EPL)
Manchester City v Southampton 9am (EPL)
Real Madrid v Valencia 11am (La Liga)***
Barcelona v Real Sociedad 1pm (La Liga)***
D.C. United v Philadelphia 3pm (MLS)
New York v Portland 5pm (MLS)
Houston v Columbus 7pm (MLS)
 
Monday August 20th
Everton v Manchester United 1pm (EPL)
 
*** These matches are tentative based on BeIN Sports contract with DirecTV being approved.
 
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.
 
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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