World Football Update
Jon Forget
Oct 15th 2013
World Football Update
Feature Matches

A big day in World Cup Qualifying is on tap today!  The action starts in the afternoon with England facing Poland at Wembley.  England can earn an outright berth in Brazil with a win, but a loss or tie would likely see Ukraine go top.  This will be a nervy affair for the Three Lions, as they would like to avoid a playoff at all costs.  We will also have coverage for Sweden v Germany and Spain v Georgia at lunch, with Spain only needing a point to clinch top spot in their Group.  Later in the day we have CONMEBOL and CONCACAF action kicking off.  At 5:30pm Argentina face Uruguay, and Chile take on Ecuador.  These matches ar a fight for position, with Uruguay currently sitting in the playoff spot at 22pts.  Chile and Ecuador both have 25pts, and a win or a tie for either side will see them safely to Brazil.  If Uruguay fail to move up in the standings, they will play a one match playoff against the 5th place team from Africa.  The USA kick off against Panama at 7:30pm, in their final match of the Hex.  Panama, and the Rapid's Gabriel Torres, are on the verge of elimination.  They will need help from Costa Rica (who face Mexico), and will have to score a resounding victory over the USA to have any hope of advancing.  The USA sit safely at the top of the Group, and can not be overtaken.  A win may improve their FIFA ranking, giving them a shot at a seeded spot in Brazil.  

In MLS the race couldn't be tighter in both Conferences, which effectively means the playoffs have begun.  Our Colorado Rapids face a difficult Vancouver side in a home and away series to finish the season.  The Whitecaps are still well in the hunt, and a win for them here would be a devastating blow to the Rapid's playoff hopes.  On the other hand a win for the Rapids at home this weekend, and they will have one foot in the door for the postseason.  Dillon Powers and Gabriel Torres will be back in the lineup, giving the Rapids a boost after a dismal performance against San Jose last week.  If you support the Rapids, make sure you make your way to DSG this Saturday (4pm), as the Club will need their 12th man in this final home match of the season!  As always, shuttle service will be provided from the Pub (reservations can be made at ).

European Club football returns on the weekend, with an early open Saturday morning for Newcastle v Liverpool.  A great spate of matches from Spain and England feature throughout the day, leading to the Rapids huge clash with Vancouver.  We finish the weekend with EPL and MLS, and a Sunday night Broncos fixture.

On the Horizon

Next week Champions League returns, highlight matches include Arsenal v Borussia DortmundAC Milan v Barcelona, and Real Madrid v Juventus.  The first Clasico of the year, between archrivals Barcelona and Real Madrid, takes place Saturday morning.  Sunday we have Chelsea taking on Manchester City, in the highlight EPL match of the weekend!  The Colorado Rapids finish their 2013 regular season campaign away to Vancouver, in what promises to be a very meaningful match!

This Week's Football

Tuesday October 15th
Portugal v Luxembourg 11am (WCQ)
Sweden v Germany 12:45pm (WCQ)
Spain v Georgia 1pm (WCQ)
England v Poland 1pm (WCQ)
Uruguay v Argentina 5:30pm (WCQ)
Chile v Ecuador 5:30pm (WCQ)
Jamaica v Honduras 7:30pm (WCQ)
Panama v USA 7:30pm (WCQ)
Costa Rica v Mexico 7:30pm (WCQ)
Wednesday October 16th
Los Angeles v Montreal 8:30pm (MLS)
Thursday October 17th
Sabres v Canucks 5pm (NHL)
Avalanche v Red Wings 7pm (NHL)
Friday October 18th
Hoffenheim v Leverkusen 12:30pm (Bundesliga)
Nice v Marseille 12:30pm (Ligue 1)
Roma v Napoli 12:45pm (Serie A)
Sporting K.C. v D.C. United 6pm (MLS)
Saturday October 19th
Newcastle v Liverpool 5:45am (EPL)
Arsenal v Norwich 8am (EPL)
Chelsea v Cardiff 8am (EPL)
Everton v Hull 8am (EPL)
Manchester United v Southampton 8am (EPL)
Stoke v West Brom 8am (EPL)
Swansea v Sunderland 8am (EPL)
Real Madrid v Malaga 8am (La Liga)
West Ham v Manchester City 10:30am (EPL)
Osasuna v Barcelona 12pm (La Liga)
Montreal v Philadelphia 12pm (MLS)
Dallas v Seattle 12:30pm (MLS)
AC Milan v Udinese 12:45pm (Serie A)
Espanyol v Atletico Madrid 2pm (La Liga)
Colorado v Vancouver 4pm (MLS)
Sabres v Avalanche 5pm (NHL)
New England v Columbus 5:30pm (MLS)
Chicago v Toronto 6:30pm (MLS)
Portland v Salt Lake 8:30pm (MLS)
Sunday October 20th
Aston Villa v Tottenham 9am (EPL)
Torino v Inter Milan 12:45pm (Serie A)
Houston v New York 3pm (MLS)
Broncos v Colts 6:30pm (NFL)
Los Angeles v San Jose 7pm (MLS)
Monday October 21st
Crystal Palace v Fulham 1pm (EPL)
Penguins v Avs 5:30pm (NHL)
MNF 6:30pm (NFL)

Guinness Engraving Event:  Saturday October 19th, from 9am-12pm, Guinness will be engraving commemorative edition gravity glasses.  The engraving event takes place during our morning football Happy Hour, and with the purchase of a pint you keep the glass and have it engraved with words of your choice.  Cheers!

All Hallows Eve Party:  Thursday October 31st Three Lions is celebrating All Hollows Eve with a costume party.  Festivities start at 8pm and run till the witching hour, with $4 Jagermeister and Pinnacle Vodka on special!  
Connect for Health Colorado Ticket Giveaway:  This Tuesday night during the USA v Panama match, Connect for Health Colorado will be giving away free tickets to the Rapids final home match of the season (Vancouver 10/19).  They are also raffling a signed Rapids soccer ball, to be given away at halftime.  Connect for Health ColoradoTM is a new online health insurance marketplace for individuals, families and small employers.  For more info go to :
Three Lions Fantasy Football League: Test your mettle against other football fanatics by playing the 2013/14 Barclay's Premier League Fantasy Football Game. To join the Three Lions league go to , 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 is 191924-53115. 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.
Three Lions Formula 1 Club: Come down and enjoy food & beer specials whilst hanging out with other fans of Formula 1! Next up the Korean Grand Prix featured live at 12am (yep midnight) on Sunday October 6th!
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