World Football Update
Jon Forget
May 12th 2015
World Football Update
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The Champions League Semifinals wrap up Tuesday and Wednesday of this week!  Tuesday Bayern Munchen are at home to Barcelona, trying to overcome a 3-0 deficit from Leg 1. This Barca side, on pace for a treble, brings back memories of the beautiful football they played under former Manager Pep Gaurdiola, who is now the only thing standing in the way of another trip to the Final.  Watching their amazing South American strike force, a Uruguayan, a Brazilian, and of course a magical Argentinian, is truly worth leaving work early for!  Wednesday Juventus go to the Santiago Bernabeau to defend their 2-1 aggregate advantage over Real Madrid!  The defending Champions will have their work cut out for them against Juve's staunch defense, and potent counterattack.  If ever there was a time to shine for Madrid's starlets, this would be the match!

Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning the Championship Playoffs continue, as third through sixth battle for a chance to advance to the Prem.  Saturday morning the focus is on the relegation battle, with Hull City in the hot seat now.  They face Tottenham away, while Leicester City faces a resurgent Sunderland, with both matches kicking off at 8am.  Later in the day our Colorado Rapids travel to regional neighbor Kansas City, for the first of three matches against Sporting.  The Rapids have shown glimmers of great football, like the last ten minutes against San Jose a week ago.  The fans want to see 90 minutes of that effort every match, and as Rapids keeper Clint Irwin puts it, "we need to be better".  The good news is reinforcements are set to arrive in the form of Argentinian striker Luis Solignac and Irish striker Kevin Doyle.  Hopefully they reignite what has been a long stagnant offense for the Rapids!

Sunday morning Arsenal battle Manchester United, as the Red Devils eye third place, and a guaranteed Champions League spot.  The Gunners are coming off a complacent, and somewhat baffling effort at home against Swansea, and need to manage at least a draw at Old Trafford!  This fixture is always something to look forward to, and will be sure to influence the outcome of  2nd through fourth in the Prem!

On the Horizon

Next week Arsenal face Sunderland Wednesday afternoon, with the Black Cats still fighting for their Premier League lives.  Saturday night our Colorado Rapids are at home to theVancouver Whitecaps.  Sunday is the final day of the 2014/15 EPL season, with all the matches kicking off at 8am!

This Week's Football
Monday May 11th
Rayo Vallecano v Getafe 12:45pm (La Liga)
Arsenal v Swansea 1pm (EPL)
Tuesday May 12th
Bayern Munchen v Barcelona 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League Semifinals)
Wednesday May 13th
Real Madrid v Juventus 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League Semifinals)
D.C. United v Orlando City 6pm (MLS)
Thursday May 14th
Dnipro v Napoli 1pm (Europa League Semifinals)
Fiorentina v Sevilla 1pm (Europa League Semifinals)
Friday May 15th
Middlesborough v Brentford 12:45pm (Championship Playoff)
St. Johnstone v Celtic 12:45pm (SPL)
New York City v Chicago 5pm (MLS)
Dallas v New York Red Bulls 7pm (MLS)
Saturday May 16th
Norwich City v Ipswich Town 5:15am (Championship Playoff)
Southampton v Aston Villa 5:45am (EPL)
Burnley v Stoke 8am (EPL)
Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle 8am (EPL)
Sunderland v Leicester City 8am (EPL)
Tottenham v Hull City 8am (EPL)
West Ham v Everton 8am (EPL)
Liverpool v Crystal Palace 10:30am (EPL)
Sampdoria v Lazio 12:45pm (Serie A)
Montreal v Salt Lake 2pm (MLS)
Vancouver v Seattle 5pm (MLS)
New England v Toronto 5:30pm (MLS)
Houston v Portland 6:30pm (MLS)
Sporting K.C. v Colorado 6:30pm (MLS)
San Jose v Columbus 8:30pm (MLS)
Sunday May 17th
Swansea v Manchester City 6:30am (EPL)
Manchester United v Arsenal 9am (EPL)
Inter v Juventus 12:45pm (Serie A)
Orlando v L.A. Galaxy 3pm (MLS)
Philadelphia v D.C. United 5pm (MLS)
USWNT v Mexico 7pm (International Friendly)
Monday May 18th
Fiorentina v Parma 11am (Serie A)
West Brom v Chelsea 1pm (EPL)
Napoli v Cesena 1pm (Serie A)
Black Cleat Affair:  Denver Film Society, Three Lions, 303 Futsal, and America Scores Denver are combining to present the second annual Black Cleat Affair at the Sie Film Center on Thursday June 4th!  This years soccer themed movie is:

–  A biopic Sports Drama starring Tim Roth, Sam Neill, Gerard Depardieu, Thomas Kretchsmann and Fisher Stevens. The 110 year saga of FIFA and the World cup and the instrumental figures who created, guided and battled through good times and bad – both externally and internally - to make worldwide soccer what it is today. v=kDz4ywq2zxs

Tickets for this one night event are $40 a person, or $75 per couple, and include a pre-movie cocktail hour with light apps and one drink ticket per guest.  All proceeds go to benefit America Scores Denver.  America SCORES inspires urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

Sporting KC v Colorado Rapids: The Rapids head east on I-70 to Kansas City for the first of three encounters against Sporting KC, who moved over to the Western Conference this year. The Stout Street Bulldogs will be hosting viewing parties at the British Bulldog and Three Lions pubs. Details:
You can see all the games at Denver's best two football bars:
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