UEFA Champions League
It's halftime now, but Arsenal has put themselves in a position to pull off the unlikely comeback. After going down 4-0 in the first leg at the San Siro, Arsenal would have to score at least five in the second leg today--without conceding--to advance to the next round.
Well the Gunners have come out swinging, netting their first goal 5 or so minutes after kickoff. After 45 minutes of play, Arsenal is up 3-0 (down only 4-3 on aggregate). With Milan pressing to get the all-important away goal (which would change the complexion of the match), it has been a wide open affair, with the pace of the match slowed only by questionable officiating. Sets up nicely for a thrilling second half.
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That one has been a serviceable backup.
I need your collective MGoHelp: I am an admitted novice when it comes to European soccer but have recently become more interested in it. I have a fixed amount of time to spend in the evenings watching games and I'm having trouble deciding even what league to focus on during my time. After reading up a bit, I sense that the UEFA Championship League might be the way to go. But then I read that the British Premier League is the best league overall. And I know that Fox Soccer channel also shows games of the Italian Serie A as well (and probably others too). I guess what I am saying is that I have no f-ing idea what I should be watching. Can anyone help point me in the right direction with respect to the league to focus on? Is the UEFA Championship League the way to go for a late bloomer like me?
(As an aside, I still don't understand how the UEFA Championship League works - how can teams play in it while their regular season is ongoing? For example, how can Arsenal play in it while the Premier League is in-season?)
Thanks in advance.
We're a little more than 2 hours from kick off of the World's Superbowl. It's a matchup of the '08 (Man U) and '09 (Barca) champions.
Two years ago when these two met in the Final the game outdrew the Superbowl world wide in TV ratings. I think that was on ESPN, though, so the build up was certainly bigger. This year it's on FOX, so we may see similar numbers b/c of the wider reach of network TV.
I'm expecting a similar game to the '09 one. Barca is the superior team and Man U will need to play at its absolute best to stay in the game.
Biased prediction: 2-0 Barca. Cheers to the Catalans!
This should be good, eh?
I don't have Fox Soccer Channel, but I saw that FSN Detroit will be broadcasting the game and I was excited enough to create this thread. If anyone is reading this and thinking, "Soccer? that's lame," you should switch over to FSN and see the light. It doesn't get too much better than this.
A lot of great players from both clubs are out due to injury or suspension. I'll be rooting for Barcelona (and they've got to be the favorites), but it won't be easy for them without Puyol, Piqué, or Ibrahimović. (EDIT: or maybe it will be!)
Another year, another Champions League, starting today. Notable matches today include Chelsea-Porto, Juventus-Bordeaux, and Marseille-AC Milan. Man U, Bayern, and both Madrid teams also play their first group games.
Wednesday is the highlight of Match Day 1 with Inter-Barcelona, featuring Samuel Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, having swapped teams, playing against their old squads.
Thankfully, now that Fox Soccer Channel has the rights to the games, we can now watch matches that feature a team other than Manchester United. At 2:30 is Marseille-Milan, and at 5:00 is Chelsea-Porto. Finally at 10:00 is the requisite Man U coverage. Unfortunately, unlike ESPN, there is no HD for FSC (nooooo!!!)