Home teams are listed first. All times are EDT.
English Premier League:
Fulham (DDDWL) v Blackpool (DWLLD) at Craven Cottage at 8:30 on Fox Soccer Plus.
Manchester City (WLDWL) v Sunderland (LLLDL) at City of Manchester Stadium (aka Eastlands) at 11 a.m. on Fox Soccer Channel.
Italian Serie A:
Perhaps worth getting up early: Napoli (WLDWW) v Lazio (WLWLW) at San Paolo Stadium at 6:30 a.m. on Fox Soccer Plus.
The Sicilian Derby: Catania (LWLWL) v Palermo (LLLLW) at Stadio Angelo Massimino at 9 a.m. on Fox Soccer Channel.
Another match worth watching: Roma (LDWWD) v Juventus (LLLDW) at Stadio Olimpico at 2:30 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel.
Spanish La Liga Primeira:
Espanyol (WLLWL) v Racing Santander (DDLLW) at Estadi Cornellà-El Prat at 11 a.m. on ESPN Deportes.
Sevilla (DWLDW) v Real Zaragoza (DWLWL) at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuánat at 1 p.m. on Gol TV.
Osasuna (LDWWW) v Atlético Madrid (DDWDL) at Estadio Reyno de Navarra at 3 p.m. on ESPN Deportes.
French Ligue 1
Lens (LLDLW) v Marseille (WWLWW) at Stade Félix Bollaert (a stadium that has more seats than residents of the city of Lens) at 3 p.m. on Fox Soccer Plus.
IMO, for me, myself, personally…the Serie A is never worth getting up that early. I’ll watch a later game if there’s nothing else on, but the combination of seemingly-weekly racist bullshit from fans and the copious diving followed by OMG WHAAAAAAT I DID NOT DIVE REF I AM SHOCKED AND HURT AND JUST ASTOUNDED YOU ARE CARDING ME antics do little to endear me to the league.
I got in the habit of watching Inter games when Mourinho was there because I <3 him, but once he left, ehhhh…
I'll get up for the City match though, and hoping for them to win to keep Sunderland from pushing my Newcastle down further in the table.
I don’t think they have carded anyone for diving in any serie A game I have seen. The shocked and hurt looks are usually reserved for just after a studs up two footed lunge. or for having to be associated with Silvio Bulesconi
If anyone missed the Chelsea-Stoke game from yesterday, I highly recommend finding it somewhere online. The second half is CRAZY.
“a stadium that has more seats than residents of the city of Lens”
I hear Ann Arbor has just about overcome that distinction. With the population shrinking, though, possibly only temporarily.
After yesterday’s binge, it would be best if today were to be football-free in the Handsmile household.
Besides I need some serious detoxification after the latest Arsenal debacle. Feh and double feh!! What must be done, Arsenal fans hereabouts? (Other than shipping out Walcott, of course.) With Professor Wenger at the lectern, is there any hope that chronic failures in goalkeeping and defense will be rectified by quality transfers such as Hugo Lloris, Gary Cahill or Per Mertesacker? Mon dieu, last week I read that yet another mediocre French defender, Roma’s Philippe Mexes, may be joining the club next season. Must Wenger’s honorable but obstinate philosophy de football be discarded if Arsenal is to be successful in claiming the sport’s most coveted prizes?
Anton Serius: Appreciate the recommendation re Chelsea v. Stoke. The match will be rebroadcast by Fox Soccer Channel on Monday at 8:00pm EST.
Beltane (who often posts on these football threads): In response to your post yesterday on Anne Laurie’s open thread on the Guardian newspaper, it was as if you were transcribing my own thoughts. I too first began to read the Guardian last summer for their World Cup coverage. Since that time as well, it has become my primary source for international news coverage and analysis.
For connoisseurs or common-sewers of football and verbal wit and dexterity, the Guardian’s twice-weekly podcast “Football Weekly” hosted by James “AC Jimbo” Richardson is pure bliss!!
@handsmile: Given that Lyon is known for selling players at their peak, I could see Lloris possibly going to Arsenal. Central defense is an even greater problem.
Napoli-Lazio was a great one. Napoli won 4-3. Coming back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the second half.
Any chance of using the Spanish word for first(“primera”) instead of the Portuguese?
I loathe Man United like I loathe the Yankees.
But yesterday’s 2nd half comeback, then ruthless stomping of West Ham — followed by Chelsea and especially Arsenal’s feeble efforts made me have to give it up to them. They’ve pretty much got both hands around the Premier League trophy. Rooney is on his way back, Berbatov is a magician, and Chicharito is the next superstar on the way.
Now, the coming Champions League match against Chelsea on the other hand…
@buster: Fair enough. Portuguese is my second language, Spanish my third. Mil desculpas, which, thankfully, is spelled the same way in both languages.
It is kind of amusing, however, as Spanish is notorious for sliding in an extra “i” where there isn’t one in Portuguese (siempre v sempre; tiempo v tempo; querar v quierar, etc.).
@Attaturk: Agreed. Painfully and sadly.
Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again)
Haters gotta hate, I guess…
Alison has a fair point in general, just watch the Roma game, but the Napoli-Lazio tie was why I watch Italian soccer, and that’s not just because I loathe those fascist fucks at Lazio. What a match! It had it all; two come backs, one from 2 down, an own goal, a penalty, a hat-trick by Cavani, a fight and a late red card (not for the fight!). It was even tactically fascinating with Napoli’s 3-4-2-1 against Lazio’s 4-1-4-1.
But what made the game was Luca Banti, the referee. After about 20 minutes the players figured out he wasn’t going to give them anything for flopping around like idiots and the game got to work after that.