World Football Update - Apr 23rd 2013
Jon Forget
Apr 24th 2013
World Football Update - Apr 23rd 2013
Feature Matches
 
The last week of April features the Europa League and UEFA Champions League Semifinals, and a weekend full of European and Domestic Football! The big story is the Champions League Semifinals, with the top two Clubs from Germany playing host to the top two Clubs from Spain. Today Bayern Munich take on Barcelona in one of the most highly anticipated match ups of this years competition! Tomorrow it will be Borussia Dortmund facing Real Madrid in another cracker of a Semi! Here is a short preview of these two massive matches:
 
Bayern Munich v Barcelona: These are two of the best teams in the World right now, and whoever advances will surely be a favorite to hoist the trophy on May 25th. Bayern are having a record breaking 2012/13 campaign, with a list of remarkable achievements under Manager Jupp Heynckes. They just set a Bundesliga record with 26 league wins this season, in addition they have topped the record for most successive victories (13), most away wins (14), most clean sheets (19), and most points for a Bundesliga Champion (81 w/ 4 games remaining). They are in the running for their first treble as well, having already won the Bundesliga and a spot in the German Cup Final. Heyncke's side focus on teamwork, taking a page out of Barcelona's book, and many attribute that mentality to this years success. The Germans are without Mario Mandzukic, so they will rely heavily on the strike force of Mario Gomez and Claudio Pizarro, who have been on fire this season. They are a team in fine form, where the goals are coming in droves, and they are hungry after their bitter defeat in last years Final. Barcelona are no strangers to this level of competition, making this their sixth successive Semifinal appearance. Assistant Manager Jordi Roura will be at the helm for the Catalans, and he expects an intense fast paced game between two even teams. Lionel Messi, who has been rested as he recovers from a hamstring strain, is expected to get his first start since acquiring his injury. After losing Adriano to suspension, and Mascherano and Puyol to injury, Messi's return will be a massive boost for Barca. Barcelona has clearly been the most successful team of this era, and perhaps one of the greatest sides of all time. Midfield maestro, Xavi, explains his philosophy of the Barca way and why it is successful, "it is about doing something extra, not just winning. It is about playing well, and if you manage to win, even better. We always try to direct the game, we don't wait for the opposition, but go out and attack...". Bayern is making the argument that they are a Club on the cusp of attaining the level the Catalans have set the bar at for the past six years. Some may say it is a strange twist that the former Barcelona player and coach, Pep Gaurdiola, is slated to fill the management spot for Bayern next year. Perhaps making this the beginning of a strong rivalry over the years to come, and surely making this Semifinal series one for the ages!
 
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid: Borussia Dortmund may not have the same reputation of their opponents in Wednesday's Semifinal, but they are clearly one of the best teams in this years Champions League competition. Should they advance this would be only their second European Cup Final (compared to Madrid's thirteenth appearance). Dortmund have the best home record of any of the four sides remaining in the competition, having won all five of their matches on home turf. They also boast the best defensive record, with only nine goals conceded in the entire competition. As if that were not enough to convince you that Jurgen Klopp's Dortmund are serious contenders to advance to the Final, they are also the only unbeaten team left in the Champions League. The German's took four points off Madrid in the Group Stage, winning the Group of Death on their way to the round of 16. A fortnight ago they advanced with a dramatic stoppage time goal, sending their 66,000 home fans into a frenzy. Their home ground is a fortress, and the twelfth man is sure to be a factor for them here. Striker Robert Lewandowski is in the best form of his career, notching 17 goals in his last 18 outings, and scoring in twelve consecutive Bundesliga games. This will be Manager Jurgen Klopps first appearance in the Champions League Semifinals. Madrid have the advantage of experience, with Manager Jose Mourinho at the helm in his seventh Champions League Semifinal. He has proven before, whether you approve of his tactics or not, that he is capable of advancing and winning the whole thing. Madrid has scored more goals than any of the other Semifinalists (23), but they have also conceded more than any other team (14). Talisman Christiano Ronaldo has found the net 20 times in his last 17 Champions League appearances, and he has 11 goals this campaign. Madrid will welcome the return of Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos from suspension, especially after losing Marcelo and Luka Modric to injury on the weekend. The Merengues record in Germany is atrocious, having won only once in twenty four previous visits (17 Losses). Perhaps that bodes well for the Germans to take an advantage back to Spain in a weeks time, time will tell.
 
In other feature matches we have the Europa League Semifinals on Thursday, with Chelsea taking on Basel and Fenerbahce facing Benfica. This is also a first leg, with the second leg to follow next week. On the weekend we kick off early Saturday morning with Manchester City taking on West Ham. The rest of the day is filled with football from around the World, and some great domestic matches as well. Sunday morning Arsenal take on newly crowned Champions Manchester United, as the Gunners continue their fight for Champions league football next season. I'm sure they are hoping the Red devils are still a bit hung over from a week of celebrating another Premiership Title! Finishing the weekend, our Colorado Rapids battle Houston away. The match kicks off at 3pm, and the Pub will be hosting an away game viewing party with Happy Hour in full effect throughout the course of the match. Get out and support the Burgundy Boys as they take on one of the better sides in the Eastern Conference, and try to earn another all important three points!

Don't forget we have live music all week long, with no cover charge.  Join us as Colfax Avenue celebrates it's very own Root 40 Music Festival (schedule can be found below)!
 
On the Horizon

Next week the second leg of the Champions and Europa League Semifinals take place, our Colorado Rapids are at home against Toronto FC on Saturday night, and Sunday morning we have the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton (5th and 6th in the table), and a classic battle between Manchester United and Chelsea!
 
This Week's Football
 
Tuesday April 23rd
Bayern Munich v Barcelona 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League Semifinals)
Root 40 Music Festival Live Music No Cover 7-11pm (Tokyo Rosenthal (7pm) & Liston's Good Intent (9pm)
 
Wednesday April 24th
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League Semifinals)
Brazil v Chile 7pm (International Friendly)
Monterrey v Santos Laguna 8pm (CONCACAF Champions League Final)
Root 40 Music Festival Live Music No Cover 9pm-? (Too Late for Tomorrow)
 
Thursday April 25th
Basel v Chelsea 1pm (Europa League Semifinal)
Fenerbahce v Benfica 1pm (Europa League Semifinal)
Root 40 Music Festival Live Music No Cover 9pm-? (Broke Bridge Bluegrass Band)
 
Friday April 26th
Rayo Vallecano v Osasuna 1pm (La Liga)
Root 40 Music Festival Live Music No Cover 9:30pm-? (Roots & Rythm Blues/Funk Band)
 
Saturday April 27th
Manchester City v West Ham 5:45am (EPL)
Bayern Munich v Freiburg 7:30am (Bundesliga)
Wigan v Tottenham 8am (EPL)
Everton v Fulham 8am (EPL)
Newcastle v Liverpool 10:30am (EPL)
Athletic Club v Barcelona 11am (La Liga)
Toronto v New York 12pm (MLS)
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid 1pm (La Liga)
Montreal v Chicago 2pm (MLS)
Vancouver v Dallas 4pm (MLS)
New England v Philadelphia 5:30pm (MLS)
Columbus v D.C. United 5:30pm (MLS)
Sporting K.C. v Portland 6:30pm (MLS)
Salt Lake v L.A. Galaxy 7pm (MLS)
Chivas v San Jose 8:30pm (MLS)
Root 40 Music Festival Live Music No Cover 9:30pm-? (Maynard Mills Blues Revue)
 
Sunday April 28th
Reading v QPR 6:30am (EPL)
Chelsea v Swansea 8am (EPL)
Arsenal v Manchester United 9am (EPL)
Houston v Colorado 3pm (MLS Away Game Viewing Party)
 
Monday April 29th
Aston Villa v Sunderland 1pm (EPL)
R. Betis v Deportivo La Coruna 2pm (La Liga)
 
Root 40 Music Festival: Live music returns to the Three Lions the third week of April! We are a host venue for Colorado's very own Root 40 music festival, and we have some incredible local artists scheduled to play. The live shows start Tuesday the 23rd, and run straight through till Saturday the 27th (Tokyo Rosenthal 7pm & Listons Good Intent 9pm Tues. 23rd, Too late for Tomorrow 9pm Wed. 24th, Broke Bridge Bluegrass Band 9pm Thurs. 25th, Roots and Rythm Blues/Funk Band 9:30pm Fri. 26th, and Maynard Mills Chicago and Mississippi Delta Blues Revue 9:30pm Sat. 27th). There is absolutely no cover charge for any of these terrific acts, so plan on enjoying an incredible week of live music at the Lions!
 
Three Lions Formula 1 Club: Come down and enjoy food & beer specials whilst hanging out with other fans of Formula 1! Most races will be shown live, and then reaired in the afternoon as well!
 
Special Events @ Three Lions: The Lions is the perfect place to hold your special event for nearly any occasion. Our expansive balcony comfortably holds up to 75 people, and can be reserved free of charge for your special occasion. Whether it is a sporting event, Birthday party, or just a general celebration, the balcony provides comfort, great service, a full bar, and an extensive view of the Pub. If you need more privacy, or have a smaller group, the Lions has their very own Back Room Bar. The Back Room is perfect for business meetings, watching a great match with a group of friends, or really any event for up to 25 people. Our special event areas can be reserved with a simple phone call, and as a guest you can expect dedicated service from our professional bartending staff. Order off the menu, or set up a buffet, either way you can expect quality at a reasonable cost from Chef Kyle and his kitchen crew. To book your upcoming event, send a query to threelionsusa@gmail.com, or call the Pub and speak directly with one of our friendly staff.
 
Sunday Roast: The Three Lions is proud to host a traditional Sunday Roast every week for $12.99. To compliment our slow cooked lamb roast, we also have $5 20oz pints of Fuller's Ales from 3pm to 12am!
 
Monday Fish Fry: Our famous Fish & Chips are on special all day every Monday for $7.50. To compliment this great deal, we also serve $5 20oz pints of Fuller's Ale from 3pm to 12am!
 
Vindaloo Tuesday's: Our extremely spicy tomato based curry is available every Tuesday night on special, and can be prepared with pork, chicken, lamb, or vegetarian style for only $8.99 a plate.

Trivia Wednesdays: Come test your knowledge against other trivia hounds, as Geeks Who Drink host a trivia competition every Wednesday night at 8pm. Play for house prizes, and enjoy drink specials all night!

Three Lions Thursdays: Great tunes, great people, and a great late night (10-12) Happy Hour! What more do you need?
 
TGIF at the Lions: It's been a long week, and the Lions is a perfect place to unwind. Our Friday Happy Hour kicks in at 3pm, for those of you that can boogie early from the job, and carries on to 7pm for any latecomers. With Draught Beer, Wine, Well, and HH Food on special there is something for everyone (ask your bartender for shot specials as well). Good music, good spirits, and good prices carry the day, so come on down and unwind with us every Friday at the Lions!
 
NHL Hockey Package: We carry all the NHL action at the Lions! Get ready for the playoffs, should be awesome!
 

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

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