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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

Leo Messi (Getty) Neymar (Getty)

Though the game is being played while much of the United States is still asleep, the Club World Cup Final between Barcelona and Santos is promising to be must-see football.

The battle between the reigning European and South American champions will feature some serious star power, with Lionel Messi and Neymar grabbing most of the headlines. The match will be much more than a compilation of stars, but rather tough match for both sides as they look to be crowned world champions.

If waking up that early wasn't in your plans, there is still plenty of other soccer to choose from on this Sunday. Manchester City takes on Arsenal in a marquee Premier League battle as red-hot Robin Van Persie looks to hand City their second straight loss. You also have American goalkeeper Brad Guzan leading Aston Villa against Liverpool.

In Italy, a pair of high-profile clashes will be worth tuning in to as Napoli takes on Roma and Lazio faces first-place Udinese. France also offers a compelling marquee battle as Paris St. Germain takes on defending champions Lille.

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):


5:30 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Barcelona vs. Santos

7 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester United

8 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Portsmouth vs. Southampton

8:30 a.m. - ESPN3.com - Feyenoord vs. FC Twente

9 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Cesena vs. Inter Milan

9 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

9 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv/ESPN3.com - Juventus vs. Novara

10 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Tottenham vs. Sunderland

10 a.m. - DirecTV - Granada vs. Levante

11 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Ajaccio vs. Stade Rennes

11 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Bordeaux vs. Sochaux

11:10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Manchester City vs. Arsenal

11:30 a.m. - GOLTV - Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Mainz 05

12 p.m. - DirecTV - Osasuna vs. Villarreal

1:45 p.m. - ESPN3.com - Racing Santander vs. Real Sociedad

2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Napoli vs. Roma

2:45 p.m. - ESPN3.com - Lazio vs. Udinese

3 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Paris St. Germain vs. Lille

3:30 p.m. - GOLTV - Valencia vs. Malaga


  • GW

    Messi is an Argentinian. There is very little love lost between those two football camps.

    Santos is Pele’s old club.

    What did you expect?


  • Joamiq

    Does that really require Pele to say things that sound so foolish? There are less absurd ways to make statements for your club and against another player.


  • GW

    It’s in the eye of the beholder.

    I’m sure if Pele read SBI he would say the same thing about many of the comments on SBI.

    When you lose you look stupid, when you win you can say anything. Pele’s guy lost; I doubt anyone other than the partisans on both sides are getting all lathered up about it and I’m pretty sure Pele isn’t losing any sleep over it either.

    Pele is arguably the greatest player to ever live. He’s earned the right to say anything he wants. If you don’t like it, fine. No one is forcing you to listen.


  • Joamiq

    Actually, no. This isn’t a subjective matter. Neymar doesn’t compare to Messi. It has nothing to do with who won and who lost, though the game did provide a view as to why it is a fact that Messi is in a different galaxy. It was a silly thing to say from the moment it was uttered, regardless of who lost.

    Of course Pele has the right to say anything he wants, irrespective of whether or not he was a great player (which he was, probably the greatest). I also have the right to say it was foolish. And trust me, I’m no partisan – I couldn’t care less about either team.


  • GW

    Neymar does not compare to Messi because he is 5-6 years younger and just starting out whereas Messi is probably at or just past his peak. Pele and I don’t talk but he may have been comparing the 19 year old Neymar to Messi at the same age and extrapolating from there.

    Neymar is certainly extremely talented. What happens in the next 5 years is anyone’s guess.

    I don’t disagree with youthat what Pele said is silly but if you think that was bad there are plenty of articles out there about how Messi and C. Ronaldo are already past their best and are yesterday’s news.

    The point is in Europe and South America the soccer media is very, very harsh.


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