WhitesBhoy's BEST International Ties of the Weekend

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  1. WhitesBhoy

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    I'll try to stay on top of this, but the idea is to let me do the research to find out what matches hold the most potential for a close and exciting match in each of the most interesting International Leagues, provided in chronological order. That way, you can set a schedule for catching them or recording them, if possible, or just keeping a watchful eye on.

    And before Don can interject with a smarmy, way off the mark response, this thread may or may not have something to do with FULHAM, but the hope is that it ALWAYS has something to do with good, possibly GREAT, FOOTBALL and the fans of it!!

    Weekend of 12/12 & 13

    Scottish Premier League
    Saturday, December 12th at 7:45 Eastern: MOTHERWELL v. CELTIC
    With no real exciting match-ups this weekend between mid to top-level teams, the most interesting story will be whether Mowbray can start showing a level of consistency in winning that CELTIC faithful demand. With only two points separating them from RANGERS at the top of the table, it is a tenuous position regardless of the opposition, but especially when playing in unfriendly confines.

    Portuguesa Liga
    Saturday, December 12th at 12:00 Eastern: SPORTING LISBON v. UNIAO DE LEIRIA
    SPORTING try to climb back into European contention for next season against mid-table UNIAO. BRAGA and BENFICA are tied atop the table on 29 points, with last season's league winners, PORTO, trailing by 3 points.

    Bundesliga
    Saturday, December 12th at 12:30 Eastern: WERDER BREMEN v. SCHALKE 04
    Both teams are only 3 points behind BAYER LEVERKUSEN, so the potential of climbing to the top for WERDER (on GD) or into second for SCHALKE will provide more excitement than spicy mustard on your bratwurste.

    Eredivisie
    Saturday, December 12th at 2:45 Eastern: PSV EINDHOVEN v. AZ ALKMAAR
    Last seasons League Champions have fallen fast and hard, and now must adjust to their new leader and gaffer, Dick Advocaat. With PSV being only 2 points behind league leader TWENTE ENSCHEDE (but both of them still well ahead of the rest of the pack by 7 points), do not count on PSV showing any mercy. Dick may yet have some tricks up his sleeve, as he attempts to salvage something from this season after being knocked out of Europa League consideration by Belgium's STANDARD LIEGE in Champions League action on Wednesday past.

    La Liga
    Saturday, December 12th at 4:00PM Eastern: VALENCIA v. REAL MADRID
    Only 3 points separates these two clubs at the top of the table behind leaders BARCA, who hold a 5 point advantage over REAL. VALENCIA is at home, so this should be a tasty serving of tapas. Extra salsa, please!

    Premiership
    Sunday, December 13th at 11:00AM Eastern: ARSENAL V. LIVERPOOL
    LIVERPOOL better right the ship fast, or Rafa Benitez really might find himself out on his fat butt. No really,...seriously...the board means it this time,...they are not joking,....we think.

    Serie A
    Sunday, December 13th at 2:45PM Eastern: SAMPDORIA v. ROMA
    With a log-jam of teams stuck at or near 24 points, one of these teams will start to try to challenge the "Big 3" at the top,where INTER's hold on the top spot is looking more tenuous than in some time, wth a 4 point advantage over AC and 5 point advantage over JUVE.

    Ligue 1
    Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 Eastern: OLYMPIQUE LYON v. BORDEAUX
    7 Time League Champions, LYON, try to wrestle back some of their respect from table-toppers BORDEAUX and the rest of the league, which appears to be less and less intimidated by OL. LYON can get to within 2 points of the impressive BORDEAUX with a win.

    *Primera Division de Argentina - Apertura Championship*
    Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 Eastern: BOCA JUNIORS v. BANFIELD
    Best for last? Being no where near the top of the league this season, BOCA, which is currently in 12th spot, looks to play spoiler to BANFIELD's hope of winning their first Championship. If they slip up and lose, NEWELL'S OLD BOYS can take the Cup with a win over SAN LORENZO. With a BANFIELD draw and NOB's win, the excitement will extend to a playoff between the two, as goal differential is not a consideration. THIS IS ONE NOT TO MISS!

    BTW, Futebol Brasiliero 2009 Champions: FLAMENGO. A long time waiting since their last, but now 5 Championships since league instituted it in 1971.

    Hope you enjoyed this first edition of "WhitesBhoy's BEST". Until next time,..

    Cheers & See You Out On The Pitch!
     
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  2. HatterDon

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    I hope this does become a weekly series. Well researched and full of insight.

    Keep it goin!
     
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    Re: RE: WhitesBhoy

    Not sure what that means, but okay!!!
     
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    RE: Re: RE: WhitesBhoy

    Well, Actually I had a better idea. I put the link to this thread on the ADMIN MSG banner.
     
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    Cool! And thank you and Don for the kind remarks.
     
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    now just to clear up the subject line so that people don't think the thread's title really IS re re re re re re re
     
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    Very well done, I'm most impressed.
     
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    WhitesBhoy's BEST of the Weekend

    Thank you, Mike!
     
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    THE BREAKDOWN

    Weekend of December 12 & 13


    MOTHERWELL v. CELTIC (Scottish Premier League)
    MOTHERWELL were up 2-1, but a determined CELTIC Team, showing some spirit, heart, and goof fortune, nicked a winner late at the foot of Marc-Antoine Fortune. Final, MOTHERWELL 2 - 3 CELTIC. CELTIC hold top of SPL, two points above RANGERS, with 33 points.


    SPORTING LISBON v. UNIAO DE LEIRIA (Portuguesa Liga)
    SPORTING fall further down the table to 7th on 18 points, and away from European consideration with a 0 - 1 loss at home to UNIAO DE LEIRIA.


    WERDER BREMEN v. SCHALKE 04 (Bundesliga)
    Kevin Kuranyi helped SCHALKE04 to an 0-2 victory away and to snatch the 2nd position in the table previously inhabited by WERDER BREMEN. It is now BAYER LEVERKUSEN, SCHALKE 04, BAYERN MUNICH, in that order, leading the table with one point separating each club from their predecessor. Who said the Germans were boring??


    PSV EINDHOVEN v. AZ ALKMAAR
    Ola Toivenen headed in the winner and only goal of the match at 86 minutes, with a final of 1-0, to keep PSV in shouting distance and within 2 points of league leaders TWENTE ENSCHEDE.


    VALENCIA v. REAL MADRID (La Liga)
    WhitesBhoy's "One to Watch", when words just won't do it justice!
    http://www.footytube.com/video/valencia ... ec12-29535


    ARSENAL V. LIVERPOOL (Premiership)
    That deep breathe you hear someone taking is Rafa Benitez before he says, "I don't need this sh*t anymore.I'm overweight, I'm stressed out, and I'm not going to give myself a heart attack over some silly English team. I'm going back to Spain to drink some Sangria and wait for Atletico Madrid or Villareal to contact me." LIVERPOOL lose at home, 1-2, after going up 1-0. Wunder-goal from Andrei Arshavin to seal the win for ARSENAL.


    SAMPDORIA v. ROMA (Serie A)
    0 - 0. Francesco Totti played for ROMA, Antonio Cassano did for SAMP. Both teams stayed in their mid-top ten positions.


    OLYMPIQUE LYON v. BORDEAUX (Ligue 1)
    BORDEAUX clinched a win with a Marouane Chamakh header at the 86th minute (whoa, deja vu) to see off OLYMPIQUE LYONNAISE with a 0 - 1 Final. LYON are in crisis mode now as they fall to 9th in the Ligue on 26 points, but still well within striking distance of 3rd place LILLE on 28 points. And with BORDEAUX at 34 points, this French Winter should be hotting up!


    BOCA JUNIORS v. BANFIELD (*Primera Division de Argentina - Apertura Championship*)
    Lacking in excitement, BANFIELD completely backed into thier Championship, losing 2-0 to BOCA. NEWELL's OLD BOYS could not find any motivation either and helped BANFIELD seize their first-ever Championship by losing handily to SAN LORENZO at home, 0 - 2, when a win would have given them the title. Sad.

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  10. FulhamAg

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    Freudian slip?

    Another highlight of the weekend would have been Figueroa's wonder goal v Stoke.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGg7iCTg_eQ
     
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    Yeah, noticed that but decided not to change for HD's sake.

    Very nice goal. One thing to be "head's up" to play it, but the real beauty is that he puts it in the top corner.
     
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    For the Weekend of December 19th & 20th

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19th

    10:00AM Eastern / 9:00AM Central on SETANTA
    PREMIERSHIP: FULHAM v. Manchester United at Craven Cottage
    FULHAM present themselves as a White & Black banana peel just as MANCHESTER UNITED seems to be finding their stride. Manager, Roy Hodgson, has his FULHAM side, which is fresh off Europa success at midweek, feeling confident and unintimidated against anyone. And he no doubt relishes the opportunity to match wits and lisps with the anointed one, Sir Alex Ferguson.

    10:00AM Eastern / 9:00AM Central
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Rangers v. Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium
    RANGERS stand one point ahead of CELTIC at top of the table, thanks in no small part to the resurfacing of American DeMarcus Beasley from exile. With a close call against the other side of The Old Firm last weekend, MOTHERWELL won't be all that fussed about RANGERS and look to upset the establishment applecart on at least one side.

    11:00AM Eastern /10:00AM Central on Fox Soccer in Espanol
    CLUB WORLD CUP FINAL: Estudiantes La Plata v. Barcelona at Sheik Zayed Stadium
    South Americans, ESTUDIANTES, look to re-establish the tenacity of historically Europe's most competitive region. Juan Sebastian Veron will have something to prove, but are the Argentinians good enough to stop BARCA from winning yet another title and firmly booking their spot in world football lore.

    1:00PM Eastern / 12:00 Noon Central
    LIGUE 1: Bordeaux v. Lorient at Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas
    With BORDEAUX firmly established as the league's best at 37 points (6 ahead of MARSEILLE), LORIENT have more to play for, as a win could possibly catapult them up the table from 9th to 4th on 29 points. Why not? LYON did it at mid-week.


    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20th

    8:30AM Eastern / 7:30AM Central
    EREDIVISIE: FC Utrecht v. Twente Enschede at Nieuw Galgewaard
    UTRECHT most likely need a win to hold their 5th position in the table, but a steamrolling TWENTE at 47 points will be looking to create some breathing room between them and their only competition, PSV, who have 45 points going into the weekend.

    9:00AM Eastern / 8:00AM Central on Fox Soccer Channel
    SERIE A: AS Roma v. Parma at Stadio Olimpico
    5th and 4th respectively in the league, PARMA are making noise and looking to stir things up atop the table, as they come into the weekend only 2 points away from JUVE in 3rd and 3 points from AC MILAN. ROMA sit 3 points away from PARMA and would gladly trade positions with PARMA, as they look to include themselves in the party and mix at the top.

    9:30AM Eastern / 8:30AM Central on GolTV *(WhitesBhoy's "One to Watch")
    BUNDESLIGA: Hamburg v. Werder Bremen at HSH Nordbank Arena
    Both WERDER and HAMBURG are at 28 points and 4th and 5th in the table respectively, but only 4 points away from the top of the table and BAYER LEVERKUSEN. With so much hanging in the balance before the league's winter break, do you think there will be alot to play for? You betcha!

    3:00PM Eastern / 2:00PM Central on ESPN Deportes
    LA LIGA: Deportivo La Coruna v. Valencia at Estadio Riazor
    VALENCIA, with 28 points, slipped down the table a little after losing to REAL last weekend, but want no part of CORUNA's, at 26 points, advances and attempts to supplant them as 4th in the league.

    3:15PM Eastern / 2:15 PM Central on ESPN360.com
    PORTUGUESA LIGA: Benfica v. Porto at Estadio da Luz
    Sure to be a classic match-up between two teams battling for first, should BRAGA slip up today. BENFICA sit 2nd, but tied with BRAGA on points at 30. PORTO sit 3rd, only one point behind at 29 points. WhitesBhoy would have chosen this as his "One to Watch" if we were closer to the end of the season, but still this match should not be missed by those who enjoy passionate footy, and seeing and hearing equally passionate fans.

    This weekend, when you are not taking in the action, be sure to get out, kick the ball around, and work off the egg nog!

    Cheers & See You Out On The Pitch!
    ~ WhitesBhoy
     
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    Mid-Christmas Week

    JOYEUX NOEL from LIGUE 1!

    Two exciting matches to keep an eye on today!

    1:00PM Eastern / 12:00 Noon Central
    Marseille v. Auxerre at Stade Velodrome
    AUXERRE are only 3 points away from OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE who are 2nd at 32 points in the league behind BORDEAUX at 40 points. The inclusion of the large Brazilian, Brandao, has helped MARSEILLE significantly in their quest for consistent respectability. Don;t expect anything less today.

    1:00PM Eastern / 12:00 Noon Central
    Lyon v. Montpellier at Municipal de Gerland
    Now referred to as "the other OLYMPIQUE" (at least by me), LYON continue to try to salvage Top 3 status in the league before the Christmas Holiday. MONTPELLIER has been the surprise of France, and they may yet surprise the longtime standard bearers today.

    That's it for midweek. Look for the lowdown on the weekend action coming up in a few days.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HANNUKAH! HAPPY FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF YAS!!
     
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    keep this up! It's a good series.
     
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    Thank you, Don. I'll do my best!

    Since we only have a few leagues in action this Christmas Holiday's Extended Weekend, WhitesBhoy highlights the best matches of the next 2 days in the English Premier League, Scottish Premier League, and will throw a little Belgian Jupiler League action your way for this weekend.

    BOXING DAY EDITION, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26th

    8:00AM Eastern / 7:00AM Central
    PREMIERSHIP: FULHAM v. Tottenham at Craven Cottage
    If you feel starved for some footy competition over the past few days, you will be hard pressed to find a better match this Saturday. Coming off an epic 3-0 win over MANCHESTER UNITED at The Cottage last weekend, FULHAM are feeling randy baby. However, TOTTENHAM, even with one loss in the past 5 matches versus FULHAM's no losses, maintain a 7 point advantage over The Cottagers. This will be a battle of two distinguishable gaffers, as Roy Hodgson hosts the never far from the headlines Harry Redknap.

    10:00AM Eastern / 9:00AM Central
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Celtic v. Hamilton Academical at Celtic Park
    Things have never settled into a reliable pattern for CELTIC yet this season, and the roller coaster ride will most likely continue against a HAMILTON side that has only lost once (compared to CELTIC losing twice) in their last 5 matches. It's been a tough season for the entire SPL, as well as The Old Firm, so the question is soon becoming, does CELTIC and RANGERS find a way to continue to establish themselves outside the mediocrity of the rest of the league or is the sucking force too powerful to let even these two historically storied clubs succeed. Time will tell, but there is definitely a fighting spirit in these clubs that tells anyone not to yet count them out.



    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27th

    7:00AM Eastern / 6:00AM Central
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Hibernian v. Rangers at Easter Road Stadium
    HIBERNIAN have been solid this season and sit a mere 5 points behind RANGERS (and 1 point behind CELTIC) going into this match. Opportunity is knocking and while the color may not have changed (green), the club has (even if some of the names are the same, see: Derek Riordan). RANGERS come in with a run of 4 wins and HIBERNIAN try to keep form at home with no losses in their last 5 matches. Should be a hell of a match to watch for those getting up early enough.

    8:30AM Eastern / 7:30AM Central *WhitesBhoy's "One To Watch!"
    PREMIERSHIP: Arsenal v. Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium
    #3 ARSENAL takes on #4 ASTON VILLA, both tied at 35 points, in a duel to establish superiority as the most threatening club to the BIG TWO, MANCHESTER UNITED and CHELSEA. ARSENAL won't vacate that position without a fight, but ASTON VILLA has to feel like now is their time to make their push. Two proven managers, Wenger and O'Neil, battle wits as well as motivation in what is THE MATCH to watch this weekend.

    12:00 Eastern / 11:00 Central
    JUPILER LEAGUE: KAA Gent v. Anderlecht at Jules Otten Stadion
    ANDERLECHT are no strangers to 1st place in the league and are quite content to stay table toppers, but GENT look to make up some ground from their 3rd Place position 8 points behind at 36 points (only 1 point behind 2nd place CLUB BRUGGE). From a local STANDARD LIEGE fan born in Liege, I hear that the Jupiler League has gone to a 6 team play-off at the end of the season (a la MLS style, sort of), so in the end, maybe the battle here is not so important. Just don't tell that to any of the players, but we'll still have to see what if any effect this has on the intensity of play throughout the Belgian Season.

    That's it! You you've had too much to eat and drink over Christmas, so get out and burn it off!!

    Cheers & See You Out On The Pitch!
    ~ WhitesBhoy
     
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    Mid-New Year's Week

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29th

    12:00 Noon Eastern / 11:00AM Central
    JUPILER LEAGUE: Racing Genk v. St. Truiden at Stade Felix
    ST. TRUIDEN come streaking into their final match before the Belgian Winter Break trying to maintain their 6th spot and spot in the League Playoff over two-in-a-row Champions STANDARD LIEGE (who also play today), both of whom are tied on points at 28. With half of a season remaining, nothing will be decided today, but with two weeks to ponder the possibilities, a positive result will be certainly the aim.

    2:45PM Eastern / 1:45 Central * WhitesBhoys "One To Watch!"
    PREMIERSHIP: Aston Villa v. Liverpool at Villa Park
    To say that LIVERPOOL are in turmoil would be a bit of a mild understatement. Regardless of a Boxing Day win against WOLVES, the sweat collecting in all the unpalatable underplaces on Rafa Benitez has been well-earned through his team's underachievement. However, ASTON VILLA and Martin O'Neil have been forced to sober up quickly from their Holidays high, as ARSENAL slapped them back to reality with a 3-0 humping at Emirates Stadium. So we've got two clubs looking for redemption today, and with LIVERPOOL 5 points back of 5th placed ASTON VILLA and an opportunity to be back in European consideration, this one has all of the trappings of a classic that is not to be missed. So don't miss it!


    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30th

    2:30PM Eastern /1:30PM Central
    JUPILER LEAGUE: Anderlecht v. Zulte-Waregem at Vanden Stock Satdium
    With League Leaders ANDERLECHT provided a 2-2 draw over the weekend at KAA GENT, 5th Place ZULTE-WAREGEM look to seize upon any opportunity and weakness as they try to move up the table past GERMINAL BEERSCHOT at 32 points. A loss by ANDERLECHT could see the beginning of what always seems to be a wild 2nd half of the season in Belgium.

    2:45PM Eastern / 1:45PM Central
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Rangers v. Dundee United at Ibrox Stadium
    With the recent switch in positions by Craig Levein from DUNDEE gaffer to SCOTLAND gaffer, there is sure to be some adjustment needed as DUNDEE, at 4th Place and 28 points, attempt to gain some points on 3rd Place HIBERNIAN with 32 points. RANGERS, 1st Place and 40 points, will not be hospitable hosts, nor will they look kindly upon any thought of retribution for the 0-3 home loss provided courtesy of them recently at Tannadice Park.

    Even if the mid-week professional action doesn't provide the excitement and drama you might be looking for, a couple of hours out competing in your local pick-up match or pub league will. Until next time,...

    Cheers & See You Out On The Pitch!
    ~ WhitesBhoy
     
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    FRIDAY is the beginning of the weekend, don'tcha know! And a couple of the leagues that were previously on hiaitus are back in action!!


    JANUARY 15TH, 2010

    1:30PM ET / 12:30PM CT on the Internet
    AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS: Ivory Coast v. Ghana at Estadio do Cabinda
    IVORY COAST come off an all-square at nil-nil match against Group B minnows BURKINA FASO. GHANA is yet to challenge, having a bye in the first round due to the TOGO tragedy and aftermath. This match has Semi-Final or Final quality apsects to it that may resurface further into the Tournament. A quality match for a Friday.

    2:30PM ET / 1:30PM CT on GolTV
    BUNDESLIGA: (3) Bayern Munich v. (7) TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Allianz Arena
    The Bundesliga is back in action and the best match of the weekend in Germany is this Friday! HOFFENHEIM had one heck of a season last, and were top of the table this time last year. The HOFF look to spoil any thoughts that FC HOLLYWOOD may have of jumping to the top at the beginning of the 2nd half of the season. BAYERN are only two points behind BAYER LEVERKUSEN, but Louis van Gaal and Kompany (minus Ribery for now) look to turn the screws heading into the homestretch and watch the pressure on any competition take its toll. BAYERN have been here enough times already to know the drill quite well.


    SATURDAY, JANUARY 16th, 2010

    7:30AM ET / 6:30AM CT on ESPN2
    PREMIER LEAGUE: (10) Stoke City v. (7) Liverpool at Brittania Stadium
    Wake up early to catch the European train wreck of the season, LIVERPOOL, pull into Brittania Stadium. As a Fulham Fan, playing Stoke at their humble confines can be quite an ask, especially for a club that is fighting questions of injury and regarding its future, of management or otherwise. Fan of Liverpool, Stoke, or schadenfreude, you can't turn away!

    10:00AM ET / 9:00AM CT on the Internet
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: (4) Dundee United v. (3) Hibernian at Tannadice Park
    DUNDEE stand at 31 points, HIBERNIAN at 33, and CELTIC at 37. Things are extremely unsettled at Paradise (Celtic Park) these days, with 3 key if only bit players transfering out within the past few days. Could one of these two teams be the heir apparent to 2nd place in Scotland? They'll duke it out Saturday morning to see who gets first shot at breaking the OLD FIRM. And with Tony Mowbray looking as if he may have lost the plot, you just never know!

    12:30PM ET / 11:30PM CT on Fox Soccer Channel
    PREMIER LEAGUE: (12) Everton v. (4) Manchester City at Goodison Park
    While EVERTON are hardly a threat to MANCHESTER CITY's #4 spot in the table, that's the old stomping grounds of EVERTON just only a couple of years ago. It has not been that long for the TOFFEES to remember the days of CITEH being their whipping boys. EVERTON will have their tail up for this one and look to knock some change, perhaps a few teeth, and a win loose from one of the league's most expensive teams.

    4:00PM ET / 3:00PM CT on ESPN Deportes
    LA LIGA: (1) Barcelona v. (5) Sevilla at Estadio Camp Nou
    SEVILLA finally broke BARCELONA's run of consecutive Cup wins this past week, and you can bet BARCA is none too happy about that. But Pep called it earlier this season, if for no other reason than to soften the inevitable blow. And in the end, the Copa Del Rey has to be low on the list of priorities. That said, if SEVILLA can take some confidence from that win and hang anything close to a 2-0 win on BARCA again at home (without Kanute, mind you), look for a definite red and white streak at the top of the La Liga table and in the Champions League!

    4:15PM ET / 3:15PM ET on the Internet
    LIGA SAGRES: (4) Sporting Lisbon v. (5) CD Nacional de Madeira at Jose Alvalade
    Both teams are tied at 24 points and not really in shouting distance of 1st and 2nd BRAGA and BENFICA both at 36 points or even 3rd, where Porto are at 32 points. And while slow and steady may win the race, one of these teams needs to strike quickly and with force to get back into contention for Europen qualification, if nothing else. With their history, the pressure is on SPORTING this Saturday!


    SUNDAY, JANUARY 17th, 2010

    8:30AM ET / 7:30AM CT on the Internet
    EREDIVISIE: (6) FC Utrecht v. (1) Twente Enschede at Nieuw Glagewaard
    With a 17 point lead on UTRECHT, the only question is whether TWENTE can continue their amazing form into the new year. They will need to, as PSV EINDHOVEN are hot on their heels, a comparable 45 points to TWENTE's 47 points. The Farmers are close enough to smell it, and if recent history is any indication, they will make a meal of the 2nd half of the season to re-establish their spot at the head of the table!

    11:00AM ET / 10:00 CT on ESPN Deportes
    LA LIGA: (6) Mallorca v. (4) Deportiva la Coruna at ONO Estadi
    If recent results are any inidication, MALLORCA at 30 points are heading the wrong way, and DEPOR at 31 points are headed up. But you have to consider the competition since the New Year, REAL MADRID and OSASUNA respectively. DEPOR's grip on 4th is tenuous at best, so expect MALLORCA to use the home field advantage and a possible SEVILLA win on Saturday to make DEPOR sweat. With VALENCIA curently at 35 points for 3rd spot in the table, nothing and no team in the mix can be taken for granted!

    2:45PM ET / 1:45PM CT on Fox Soccer Channel
    SERIE A: (4) Napoli v. (7) Palermo at San Paolo
    NAPOLI have been threatening the top 4 for much of the middle of the Italian season, and now, with a win here and loss or draw by the hobbled JUVE, they threaten the top 3 and could wind up 1 point behind 2nd place AC MILAN!

    3:00PM ET / 2:00PM CT on the Internet - WhitesBhoy's "One to Watch!"
    LIGUE 1: (1) Girondins de Bordeaux v. (4) Olympique Marseille at Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas
    Best for last? Oh yes. BORDEAUX have been nothing short of a juggernaut in the French League this season, proving that the season last was no fluke. A team chemistry that has seen the rising star of Marouane Chamakh, who claims he is going nowhere this transfer season (regardless of what Wenger says in his best French accent), has made this team not only French standard-bearers, but perhaps Europe's most feared question mark: Just how good are these guys? Yet, L'OM does not back down to the challenge, and with the likes of the powerful and game-changing Brandao, why would they. Look for L'OM Gaffer, Didier Deschamps, to pull out all of the stops in an attempt to jump up to 2nd, all the while sending a message!

    Now get off the computer and/or couch, and get out and play!!

    Cheers & See You Out On The Pitch!
    ~ WhitesBhoy
     
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  18. WhitesBhoy

    WhitesBhoy Active Member

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    THE RESULTS!

    JANUARY 15TH, 2010

    1:30PM ET / 12:30PM CT on the Internet
    AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS: Ivory Coast v. Ghana at Estadio do Cabinda
    IVORY COAST 3 - 1 GHANA
    http://www.footytube.com/video/ivory-co ... an15-31403

    2:30PM ET / 1:30PM CT on GolTV
    BUNDESLIGA: (3) Bayern Munich v. (7) TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Allianz Arena
    BAYERN MUNICH 2 - 0 HOFFENHEIM
    http://www.footytube.com/video/bayern-m ... an15-31402


    SATURDAY, JANUARY 16th, 2010

    7:30AM ET / 6:30AM CT on ESPN2
    PREMIER LEAGUE: (10) Stoke City v. (7) Liverpool at Brittania Stadium
    STOKE 1 - 1 LIVERPOOL
    http://www.footytube.com/video/stoke-ci ... an16-31535

    10:00AM ET / 9:00AM CT on the Internet
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: (4) Dundee United v. (3) Hibernian at Tannadice Park
    DUNDEE 1 - 0 HIBERNIAN
    http://www.footytube.com/teams/scotland ... h-reports/

    12:30PM ET / 11:30PM CT on Fox Soccer Channel
    PREMIER LEAGUE: (12) Everton v. (4) Manchester City at Goodison Park
    EVERTON 2 - 0 CITEH
    http://www.footytube.com/video/everton- ... an16-31525

    4:00PM ET / 3:00PM CT on ESPN Deportes
    LA LIGA: (1) Barcelona v. (5) Sevilla at Estadio Camp Nou
    BARCA 4 - 0 SEVILLA
    http://www.footytube.com/video/barcelon ... an16-31515

    4:15PM ET / 3:15PM ET on the Internet
    LIGA SAGRES: (4) Sporting Lisbon v. (5) CD Nacional de Madeira at Jose Alvalade
    SPORTING 3 - 2 NACIONAL
    http://www.footytube.com/video/sporting ... an16-31520


    SUNDAY, JANUARY 17th, 2010

    8:30AM ET / 7:30AM CT on the Internet
    EREDIVISIE: (6) FC Utrecht v. (1) Twente Enschede at Nieuw Glagewaard
    UTRECHT 0 - 0 TWENTE
    http://www.footytube.com/video/fc-utrec ... an17-31640

    11:00AM ET / 10:00 CT on ESPN Deportes
    LA LIGA: (6) Mallorca v. (4) Deportiva la Coruna at ONO Estadi
    MALLORCA 2 - 0 DEPOR
    http://www.footytube.com/video/mallorca ... an17-31604

    2:45PM ET / 1:45PM CT on Fox Soccer Channel
    SERIE A: (4) Napoli v. (7) Palermo at San Paolo
    NAPOLI 0 - 0 PALERMO
    http://www.footytube.com/video/napoli-p ... an17-31657

    3:00PM ET / 2:00PM CT on the Internet - WhitesBhoy's "One to Watch!"
    LIGUE 1: (1) Girondins de Bordeaux v. (4) Olympique Marseille at Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas
    BORDEAUX 1 - 1 MARSEILLE
    http://www.footytube.com/video/bordeaux ... an17-31655

    Cheers & See You Out On The Pitch!
    ~ WhitesBhoy
     
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  19. WhitesBhoy

    WhitesBhoy Active Member

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    SATURDAY, JANUARY 23rd, 2010

    9:30AM ET / 8:30AM CT on ESPN Deportes
    BUNDESLIGA: (6) Werder Bremen v. (3) FC Bayern at Weser-Stadion
    Even with a win, WERDER are unable to climb any higher than their current 6th position. But a win by BAYERN could see them back to where they consider their rightful place atop the league. In recent years, this has developed into quite a grudge match, but gone are some of the more exciteable players from WERDER. The German stalwarts in the roster and the returning Claudio Pizzarro will have their hands full with a streaking BAYERN and the eventual sighting of Franck Ribery on the pitch.

    10:00AM ET / 11:00AM CT on Setanta
    FA CUP: Everton v. Birmingham at Goodison Park
    If there is an FA Cup Match this weeknd that says "statement game" to two Premiership clubs, it is this one. BIRMINGHAM currently sit 8th and EVERTON 10th. Even though no points hang in the balance, BIRMINGHAM are trying to prove they are deserving of their top ten spot and the respect they feel they have earned with it, while EVERTON are trying to win some respect and eventually a higher top ten position back.

    10:0AM ET / 11:00AM CT on the Internet
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: (1) Rangers v. (5) Heart of Midlothian at Ibrox Stadium
    9 points clear of CELTIC, the only questions remaining are how big of a points lead will RANGERS amass, or will they suffer the fate of over-confidence and let THE BHOYS back in? This match against HEARTS could provide some clues.

    12:30PM ET / 11:30AM CT on ESPN Deportes
    BUNDESLIGA: (5) Borussia Dortmund v. (4) Hamburg SV at Signal Iduna Park
    With only 1 point separating these clubs in the table, and the possible opportunity to catch or surpass BAYERN, expect a hard fought defensive battle between two clubs that are only 5 and 4 points respectively out of the lead.

    2:45PM ET / 1:45PM CT on Fox Soccer Channel & Fox Sports en Espanol
    SERIE A: (5) Juventus v. (3) Roma at Olimpico Grande Torino
    A weekend of excitement in Serie A kicks off with a match chock full of side stories. Is Juventus desperate enough to break out of its shell and open up their game? Will Ranieri be able to exact some retribution against his former club? Is Luca Toni, back in Italy with ROMA, a possible key to victory now that he appears to quickly have found form? The first course of an undoubtedly delicious dishing up of Italian Calcio in these two days.

    4:00PM ET / 3:00PM ET on GolTV
    LA LIGA: (5) Deportivo la Coruna v. (7) Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Riazor
    The Basques, ATHLETIC BILBAO, come off a gigantic win against LOS GALACTICOS last weekend. They'll not want to be over confident though, as a somewhat wounded DEPOR team will see this as their opportunity to stop the bleeding and reclaim their 4th spot in the table from MALLORCA.

    9:00PM ET / 8:00PM CT on FOX SOCCER CHANNEL: USA! USA! USA!


    SUNDAY, JANUARY 24th, 2010

    6:30AM ET / 5:30AM CT on the Internet
    EREDIVISIE: (3) Ajax v. (7) AZ Alkmaar at Amsterdam ArenA
    For those early-risers, or those just getting back from the clubs who curse the songbirds. 9 points behind leaders PSV and TWENTE, if AJAX is to have a chance to catch them, they better put it into overdrive now. AZ could still conceivably get to an automatic Europe League spot, but my how the wheels have come off after an impressive Championship the season last.

    9:00AM ET / 8:00AM CT on Fox Soccer Channel -
    SERIE A: (6) Palermo v. (8 ) Fiorentina at Ranzo Barbera
    A colorful palate cleanser before the Italian main course later, sees the ROSANERO and VIOLA as two teams that one of which could conceivably jump over JUVE should they fall to ROMA on Saturday. Opportunity is knocking, and it has a very stylish pink and purple suit on.

    2:45PM ET / 1:45PM CT on Fox Soccer Channel - WhitesBhoy's "One to Watch!"
    SERIE A: (1) Inter Milan v. (2) AC Milan at Giuseppe Meazza
    The Derby. #1 versus #2. Ronaldinho versus "The Special One". In Italy. Don't miss it or your fanhood is in serious question.


    That's an almost 4 hour window of opportunity on Sunday to,....get out and play!! So do it!

    Cheers & See You Out On The Pitch!
    ~ WhitesBhoy
     
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  20. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

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    thanks again, Christian
     
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