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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The Spanish First Division's first weekend becomes official today when Barcelona and Real Madrid take the field for their season openers.

The fierce battle for the La Liga title begins with Bercelona opening against Racing Santander and Real Madrid opening against Mallorca.

The English Premier League also has some good action on tap, with American goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Friedel squaring off in the Aston Villa-Everton tilt and big-spending Manchester City looking to build on its recent success by beating Sunderland.

Seria A also completes its opening weekend with some good action, including the FIorentina-Napoli tilt.

If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's TV schedule is after the jump):


9am– FSE- Udinese vs. Genoa

10am– FoxSoccer.com- Sunderland vs. Manchester City

11am– Fox Soccer Channel/FSE- Aston Villa vs. Everton

11am– ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com- Deportivo La Coruna vs. Real Zaragoza

11am– DirecTV- Espanyol vs. Getafe

11am– DirecTV- Real Sociedad vs. Villarreal

11:30am– ESPN3.com- VfB Stuttgart vs. Borussia Dortmund

Noon– Fox Soccer Plus- AS Bari vs. Juventus

1pm– Telemundo- Toluca vs. Queretaro

1pm– GolTV- Racing Santander vs. Barcelona

2:45pm– Fox Soccer Channel- AC Milan vs. Lecce

2:45pm– ESPN3.com- Fiorentina vs. Napoli

3pm– FSE- AC Milan vs. Lecce (Delayed)

3pm– GolTV- Mallorca vs. Real Madrid

3pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Bordeaux vs. Marseille

3:15pm– ESPN3.com- Rio Ave vs. FC Porto

5pm– FSE- Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion (Delayed)

5pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Sunderland vs. Manchester City

5:30pm– Univision- Club America vs. Necaxa

6pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Philadelphia Independence vs. Boston Breakers

7pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion

10pm– ESPN2- Chivas USA vs. D.C. United

  • Gus Keri


    Watching this game made me wonder what Brazil could have done in the world cup if both Ronaldinho and Pato were there.


  • BCC

    I disagree. He created some nice chances, looked like he was a part of the game.

    Overall, RM looked pretty dreadful. Benzema needs to be sold or loaned out yesterday.


  • ElHierro

    What are the odds that Onyewu gets playing time at Milan this year? Given that he’s healthy, of course. With eleven defenders on a team of 28, I think it’s minimal at best.


  • BCC

    He needs a loan move at the very least. If he is not making it into the side yet it probably is not going to happen.


  • Chris

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    I know everything on the Internet feels “free,” but it’s not. Content producers such as Ives make a living by displaying ads. He is offering you a deal in good faith: “I will give you content; you let ads be displayed.” If you don’t like that deal, then you shouldn’t patronize his business.

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  • Sean

    Certainly needs to move on loan. He needs a confidence boost by playing day in and out. He clearly isn’t in there plans, and may never have been.


  • Mig22

    yeah, that Mourinho character is a real slouch.

    Road draw vs. a team that qualified for European competition in the second toughest league in the world? Not so bad, I’d say.

    Mallorca….bankruptcy be damned! Nice job.


  • BCC

    I was commenting more on Real Madrid’s impatience with coaches and less on Mourinho.

    I have yet to be impressed with Di Maria. Didn’t think much of his World Cup and don’t know why he would start ahead of Ozil (unless Ozil insists on playing in the middle, which probably isn’t going to happen unless Canales’s form drops off).

    This game was Benzema’s last for Real Madrid, I’m sure.


  • Mig22

    Interesting take. While the modern game has no patience for managers who are not producing, I think Jose is safe for a while. 🙂

    I agree with you on Di Maria. Not so much on Benzema but I didn’t see the game so I won’t dismiss what you’re saying. I think Benzema needs a system tailored to him and that clearly ain’t happening at Madrid. So you may be right about his tenure there.



  • BCC

    The commentators were relating how Mourinho dressed down Benzema in front of the team during training, insulting him for being out-of-shape and listless. After everything that has gone on with him over the last couple years, my guess is that his confidence is shot to pieces. RM is not the place to regain it given the amount of pressure the club exhibits.

    Goalless draws against Mallorca are enough to irritate Madridistas, me included, especially on a day that sees Barca hit for three.


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