World Football Update - Feb 19th 2013
Jon Forget
Feb 19th 2013
World Football Update - Feb 19th 2013
Feature Matches
 
We are set for more Champions League Round of 16 action, as the remaining eight teams are set to kick off their first clashes. Lunch Specials are on tap at the Lions both days, and Heineken and Newcastle 20oz Draughts are a $1 off during the matches!
 
Porto v Malaga: The top side in Portugal host the fourth place team in La Liga, with both Managers pledging to stick to their attacking principles. Porto Coach Vitor Pereira grew up dreaming of playing in the Champions League, now he is managing his side in the Round of 16, and he maintains that he will enjoy these matches no matter the outcome. His team are in fine form, having gone undefeated in League play for 32 matches dating back to January of 2012. Malaga Coach Manuel Peligrini has his Club playing possession football, and they conced very few goals due to their strong organisation in the back. Malaga are one of only four teams that are still unbeaten in this years Champions League campaign. In twelve European away games Malaga have suffered only one defeat, and they recently beat Real Madrid in La Liga, showing they have what it takes to compete with the best.
 
Arsenal v Bayern Munchen: This is the last hope for silverware for a Gunners side that has not lifted a trophy in seven years. Wengers gamble to rest his starters for this match, cost Arsenalthe chance to advance in the FA Cup last Saturday. The only redemption would be a positive result here in the first leg against Bayern. The ever stubborn Arsene Wenger insists that has belief in his side, and insists they can get the job done. To Arsenal's credit they have only lost two in their last eleven in the Premiership, and have battled their way back into fifth place. Unfortunately for the Gunners, Bayern Munchen is absolutely dominating the Bundesliga this year, sitting fifteen points clear of their closest rival. Bayern are eighteen games unbeaten in all competitions, so form and inconsistency are not an issue for them. Manager Jupp Heynckes says there is a hunger in the side, as they have missed winning any silverware for the last two seasons. If that wasn't enough motivation, their devastating loss in last years Final should light a fire in his side. This should be an epic match!
 
AC Milan v Barcelona: These two sides have met fifteen times in this competition, and most recently Barca eliminated Milan in both the 05/06 and 11/12 Champions League Round of 16. Surely Milan are the underdogs here, having the joint lowest goal tally in the Group Stage (7), and carrying the most yellow cards of any side left in the competition (17). New acquisition Mario Balotelli is Cup tied for this one, making him ineligible to suit up. To Milan's credit, they have gone undefeated in Serie A since the beginning of the new year. La Liga leaders Barcelona are targeting their sixth successive Quarterfinals appearance in the Champions League. Their Talisman, Leo Messi, has 56 Champions league goals to date, level with Ruud Van Nistelroy, and trails all time leader Raul Gonzalez by only 15 goals. Messi has scored in a record 14 consecutive games. Barcelona had 71% possession in the Group Stage, completing 85% of all their attempted passes. They also committed fewer fouls than any other team in the group stage. This should be a great clash, but Milan will have to count on a result at home if they are to have any hope in two weeks time.
 
Galatasaray v Schalke 04: Galatasaray has some very familiar names in their side, including some recent acquisitions. Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba have recently joined the Club, which will bring some much needed reinforcement to a side that scored only seven goals in the Group Stage. Drogba scored after only five minutes on his debut with the Club. Galatasaray are leading their domestic league by 6pts after 22games. Schalke have a newly appointed Manager, Jens Keller, and this will be his firsty appearance in the Champions League. Schalke are an out of form side, having won only one match in their last twelve. Currently they sit ninth in the Bundesliga, giving them much to play for here, as it is unlikely they will be returning to the competition next year. American International Jermaine Jones is a starter for Schalke, and will be sure to see action here.
 
The rest of the week has plenty to look forward to, with Europa League football on Thursday, and then a weekend packed with EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Serie A. Highlight matches on the weekend include Manchester City v Chelsea, Bradford City v Swansea in the League Cup final and the Milan derby between Inter and AC Milan!
 
On the Horizon
 
Next week has quite a few highlight matches. Barcelona and Real Madrid meet twice, once in the Copa Del Rey and then again in League play. Saturday the Colorado Rapids begin their 2013 campaign away to Dallas, and the Lions will be holding a viewing party to kick off the new season! Sunday morning Tottenham and Arsenal battle it out in a London derby, with Champions League qualification still up for grabs between the two of them.
 
This Week's Football
 
Tuesday February 19th
Arsenal v Bayern Munchen 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League) replays @ 3pm, 5pm, 9:30pm
Porto v Malaga 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League) replays @ 3pm, 7pm, 10pm
 
Wednesday February 20th
AC Milan v Barcelona 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League) replays @ 3pm, 6pm, 8pm
Galatasaray v Schalke 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League) replays @ 3pm, 7pm, 9pm
San Jose Earthquakes v Corinthians 6pm (Copa Libertadores)
 
Thursday February 21st
Metalist v Newcastle 11am (Europa League)
Lyon v Tottenham 11am (Europa League)
Liverpool v Zenit 1pm (Europa League)
Chelsea v Sparta 1pm (Europa League)
 
Friday February 22nd
Nice v Reims 12:30pm (Ligue 1)
Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 12:30pm (Bundesliga)
 
Saturday February 23rd
Fulham v Stoke 5:45am (EPL)
Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen 7:30am (Bundesliga)
Arsenal v Aston Villa 8am (EPL)
Queens Park v Manchester United 8am (EPL)
Norwich v Everton 10am (EPL Tape Delay)
Deportivo La Coruna v Real Madrid 12pm (La Liga)
Barcelona v Sevilla 2pm (La Liga)
 
Sunday February 24th
Manchester City v Chelsea 6:30am (EPL)
Bradford City v Swansea City 9am (League Cup Final)
Newcastle v Southampton 9:30am (EPL Tape Delay)
Inter Milan v AC Milan 12:45pm (Serie A)
Paris St. Germain v Marseille 1pm (Ligue 1)
 
Monday February 25th
West Ham v Tottenham 1pm (EPL)
 
USMNT v Costa Rica 3/22: The Three Lions will be running buses up to this match to support our Boys in Red, White, & Blue, as they fight for a spot at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil! This is a must win match for the United States, and a unique opportunity for Colorado fans to show their passion for the game.
 
Rapids v Dallas 3/2: The Three Lions is hosting a kick off party in support of the Colorado Rapids 2013 Campaign. The match kicks off at 6:30pm, and if you wear your colors, you get to enjoy our suppporters specials on Great Divide and Coors Light all night! Lets get behind our 2013 Rapids, as they fight to get back into playoff contention with a very different looking side than the past few seasons.

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