Matches to Watch – Special Holiday Midweek Edition

December 28, 2010 — by Suman

The Premier League certainly doesn’t give its players any rest over the holidays. After a full slate of fixtures on Boxing Day (plus yesterday’s Arsenal-Chelsea clash), there is another round of fixtures spread over today and tomorrow!

For those of you home for the holidays (or trapped at home due to the Snowtorious B.I.G.), here are the matches being televised in the US today; as usual, all times ET:

Tuesday, Dec 28

Manchester City-Aston Villa, 10am FSC & Fox Deportes

Tottenham-Newcastle, 10am FSP

West Brom-Blackburn, 12pm FSP

West Ham-Everton, 12:30pm FSP (tape delay)

Arsenal-Chelsea, 1pm ESPND (rebroadcast of yesterday’s match)

Birmingham City-Manchester United, 3pm ESPN2, ESPND &

Stoke City-Fulham, 5pm FSC & Fox Deportes (tape delay)

(Note that is streaming the following games live, all 10am ET starts: Tottenham-Newcastle, West Brom-Blackburn, Stoke City-Fulham, and Sunderland-Blackpool.)

And a special one-time only foray into the “other” kind of football…

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles, 8pm NBC: We venture outside of our usual purview of global football to American football, only because, even more than Real Madrid vs Barcelona, causes a schism in the CultFootball partnership.  You see, one of us was born and raised in the Twin Cities, and hence grew up a fan of the Purple People Eaters; the other, in the greater (if one can really apply that adjective in this instance) Philadelphia area, and hence is a fan of the Eagles.  Tonight, in the first Tuesday night NFL game since 1946, they square off in the City of Brotherly Love.


What To Watch – Boxing Day Edition

December 26, 2010 — by Suman2

Watch some Prem League heavyweights slug it out on Boxing Day

We’re a bit tardy getting up our weekend viewing guide–but there were no games in Europe yesterday because of Christmas.

There is, however, a full slate of Premier League fixtures today–plus a very big match tomorrow, with Chelsea going crosstown to play Arsenal. Not only that, there are more games in England on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Here are our picks for how to spend the next few days of your winter holidays (as usual, all times ET):

Sunday, Dec 26

Via Guardian Football’s Boxing Day clockwatch: “A very happy Boxing Day to everyone. Feeling a little drained? Eaten so much pudding that you can no longer fit into that T-shirt Father Christmas brought you? Remembering why you’ll be avoiding your relatives for the next 12 months? Then sneak off to the back room, pour yourself something warming and get set for an afternoon of festive footballing fun.”

Manchester United-Sunderland, 10am ESPND, FSC & Fox Deportes: Table-toppers Man U–remarkably still unbeaten in the Premier League–host up and coming Sunderland (now tied with Spurs for 5th!).  We’ve noted one player to watch–Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan, who grew up as a Man U fan in Ghana.

Aston Villa-Tottenham Hotspur, 12:30pm FSC & Fox Deportes: As noted above, Spurs are in a bit of a precarious position–tied for 5th in the table, 7 points behind Man U.  So they’ll need to keep winning to stay in contention…

There is also the big game Monday…more on that tomorrow!

Monday, Dec 27

Arsenal-Chelsea, 3pm ESPN2 &


Matches to Watch This Weekend (Dec 18-20)

December 17, 2010 — by Suman

We command you!

For our US-based CultFootballers, see below for our televised/streaming picks for this weekend: 11 matches in Europe (4 in England, 4 in Italy, 2 in Spain, 1 in France); plus, live from Abu Dhabi, an intercontinental matchup in the FIFA 2010 Club World Cup final.

If these aren’t to your liking, see the SoccerInsider’s listings for many more televised matches.  As usual, all times ET:


England, Sunderland-Bolton, 7:30am ESPN2 & It is the game on ESPN2, so there’s a matter of convenience–but it’s certainly not an uninteresting matchup. Bolton is 6th in the standings, Sunderland 7th.  American Stu Holden has been playing well for Bolton (as has his mate in the midfield, Fabrice Muamba).  For Sunderland there’s of course Bent and Welbeck and Gyan and maybe even Bolo Zenden..and hence the possibility of dancing.

Club World Cup final, Mazembe-Inter Milan, noon Fox Deportes (tape at 11pm on FSC): Can the Congolese club compete with the European champions?  Read our lengthy reblog of a Guardian Football piece on Tout Puissant Mazembe.

England, Liverpool-Fulham, 12:30pm FSC: American Clint Demsey is playing with a lot of confidence, which is not going unnoticed.  In fact, seems as if Liverpool is interesting in buying him–but Fulham maintains he’s not for sale.  Fulham needs to start winning to avoid falling into the relegation zone.

Spain, Espanyol-Barcelona, 2pm GolTV: El derbi Barceloní! Espanyol have quietly climbed up to 4th in the table–but Barcelona have outscored their last 6 opponents 26-0.

Italy, AC Milan-Roma 2:30pm FSC, A resurgent Roma is still down in 6th place in Serie A, dieci punti behind league-leaders Milan, who have decided their best XI doesn’t include Ronaldinho, but does include Kevin Prince Boateng (another Ghanaian we love to watch)–and may soon include troubled striker Antonio Cassano.



What to Watch This Weekend (Dec 11-13)

December 10, 2010 — by Suman

A couple big matches in England this weekend, with 4 of the 5 consensus contenders in the Premier League race facing off against each other: Spurs-Chelsea on Sunday, and Arsenal-Man U on Monday.  Here are the details on those, plus a handful of additional matches to spend your weekend on.  As usual, all times ET (and as usual culled from the SoccerInsider’s weekly post)


England, Aston Villa-West Brom 10 a.m. FSC: one of the two West Midlands derbies this weekend.

England, Newcastle-Liverpool 12:30 p.m. FSC: Newcastle unceremoniously dumped their manager Chris Hughton on Monday–the guy that had led them to promotion from the Championship last season, in a decision that was equally unpopular among Newcastle’s fans and current players (as well as the press, including one former England legend/Newcastle manager).  So it will be interesting to see how newly appointed Alan Pardew is received at St James’ Park and what sort of performance

Germany, Werder Bremen-Dortmund 6 p.m. ESPN Deportes (also A chance to see Borussia Dortmund, who is still atop the Bundesliga table, against a team that was one of Germany’s 3 entrants in the Champions League.


England, Spurs-Chelsea 11 a.m. FSC: The way these two sides have been playing, Spurs are the clear favorite to win at home.  Spurs would climb to within a point of Chelsea with a win.

Italy, Juventus-Lazio 2:30 p.m. FSC (also As we noted earlier this week, Lazio is looking impressive–2nd in Serie A to AC Milan, while Juventus is only 3 points behind in 3rd place.

Spain, Barcelona-Sociedad 3 p.m. GolTV: Is anyone going to challenge the Big 2 is Spain?  Doubtful, but Real Sociedad will be the next to try.  Sociedad are one of the two Basque teams in La Liga, and although just repromoted to La Liga after a 3-year stint in Segunda Divsion, they have climbed up to 6th in the table.

NCAA men’s championship match 4 p.m. ESPN2 (also The winners of this evening’s North Carolina-Louisville and Akron-Michigan semis will face off.


England, Arsenal-Manchester United 3 p.m. ESPN2 (also Arsenal is atop the table, one point ahead of Man U (but Arsenal have game in hand, due to Man U’s match last weekend at Blackpool being called off due to frozen pitch).  Here is a guide to the rivalry.  Also, the Chilean miners will be in attendance.


What to Watch This Weekend (Dec 4-6)

December 3, 2010 — by Suman

Some quality time in front of the telly

We’re back with some television (and online streaming) picks for the weekend, selected from the SoccerInsider’s weekly post:


Three simultaneous games in England that will have an impact on the Premier League title race–take your pick:

England, Chelsea-Everton 10 a.m. ESPN2 (also
England, Arsenal-Fulham 10 a.m. FSC
England, Manchester City-Bolton 10 a.m. FSP (also

Spain, Real Madrid-Valencia 4 p.m. GolTV: How will Real Madrid bounce back from Monday’s drubbing in El Clasico?  Valencia has slipped down to the 5th in La Liga.

Germany, Schalke-Bayern Munich 4 p.m. ESPN Deportes (also Although Bayern Munich is only 5th in the Bundesliga, while Schalke is still mired in the bottom third of the table, these are two of the more talented sides in Germany–both will be advancing to the final 16 of the Champions League.  Note that Schalke pairs Raul and Dutchman Klaus-Jan Huntelaar up front.


Spain, Espanyol-Gijon 11 a.m. GolTV: Mostly for the chance of catching a glimpse of Preciado’s moustache–although note that Espanayol has quietly climbed into 4th place in La Liga.

Spain, Villarreal-Sevilla 1 p.m. ESPN Deportes (also 3rd & 8th in the table, respectively.


Italy, Napoli-Palermo 2:30 p.m. FSP (also 4th and 6th in Serie A, respectively.

England, Liverpool-Aston Villa 3 p.m. ESPN2 (also


What to Watch This Weekend (Sept 11-12)

September 10, 2010 — by Suman1

Milan's new signings

We’re finally launching what will be a weekly feature (aimed at our US readers): a guide to the televised matches you’ll want to schedule your weekend around.  With the plethora of leagues (Prem, Champion, Bundes, La Liga, Serie A, etc.) and channels (FSC, FSE, ESPN/2/3, GolTV)*, plus all the time zone and tape delay issues–and it can be no small task to figure out when and where to watch (or record) the most relevant game(s) of the coming weekend.  Our plan is to do that task for you.

WaPo’s SoccerInsider usefully compiles and posts a full listing of televised matches for the coming weekend; see here for this weekend’s edition. But nothing really jumps out of that long list as must-see TV.

Indeed, I checked in with the CultFootball brain trust and got feedback from Coach Larry:

There isn’t much to watch this weekend in terms of known quality playing each other.  I am hesitant to highlight an internet-only broadcast and I especially don’t like ever recommending a match being shown on tape.

Having said all that, the best pure matchup is Bilbao v Atletico Madrid, unless you guys have an insight into the Mexican league.  If forced to watch one of the “big” teams play, I’d lean toward either the Gelled One returning for Real, or Arsenal hosting Bolton (true live and most accessible).