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Barcelona will attempt to conquer the world today as it plays in the FIFA Club World Cup Final against Argentine side Estudiantes.

Barca will look to add the Club World Cup to its European and La Liga titles and will be favored to do so even without injured star Andres Iniesta.

If league action is more your speed, then you can watch two Americans face top opponents as Jozy Altidore and Hull take on Arsenal while Clint Dempsey and Fulham face Manchester United.

If you will be watching any of today's soccer 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):


7:45am- ESPN2- Portsmouth vs. Liverpool

8am-FSC- Pohang Steelers vs. Atlante (Club World Cup)

10am- Setanta USA_ Fulham vs. Manchester United

10am- FSC- Manchester City vs. Sunderland

10:15am- RAI- Vicenza vs. Torino

11am- FSE- Estudiantes La Plata vs. FC Barcelona

Noon- Bologna vs. Atalanta

12:20pm- Setanta USA- Nottingham Forest vs. Preston

12:30pm- FSC- Arsenal vs. Hull City

1:30pm- FSE- Arsenal vs. Hull City (Delayed)

2pm- GolTV- Sevilla vs. Getafe

2pm- ESPN Deportes- AZ Alkmaar vs. ADO Den Haag (Delayed)

2:45pm- FSC/RAI- Fiorentina vs. AC Milan

3pm- Setanta USA- St. Etienne vs. Olympique Marseille

3:30pm- FSE- Fiorentina vs. AC Milan (Delayed)

4pm- GolTV- Real Madrid vs. Real Zaragoza

5pm- FSC- Aston Villa vs. Stoke City

7:30pm- FSE- Manchester City vs Sunderland (Delayed)


  1. posted this under a later article and it may be too late now….why did Jozy not make the bench for Hull….is arsenal too good so the coach doesn’t even include him as a sub….it’s true he hasn’t scored and yes we can say he needs to create his chances, but Jozy needs good service to be effective and he gets better service when he plays for the nats than at hull….hull’s midfield is not very good

  2. Jozy and Ghilas seemed to be a perfect combination when they were on the field together early in the season, similar to the Jozy/Davies partnership.

    Of course, now it seems they haven’t played together in months. Great coaching job there.

  3. Like I said in my post I do not know why he doesn’t play. But with your logic Jozy only trains hard for Bob Bradley. Right? Maybe he is not a practice player and Bob Bradley is the only one that gets it.

    As far as Xerez reports came out during the summer that they wanted him to come back to the squad for this year. Would they want someone who does not train hard? Xerez did not like that he was gone with the USMNT and also had niggling injuries when he was with them. That was reported a few times.

    The only evidence I have is what I see on game day. On gameday Jozy is better than Cousin, Fagan and JVH. I’ve seen him against Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Egypt etc… and in those games he caused world class players problems. In the games Hull has played in the PL this year he has caused problems for their opponents. He has set up goals and he has set up teammates that have blown chances. I can only talk about what I see and I see a 20 year old kid that can play not a stiff that does not try hard. Also, go check out some of the game grades that Jozy has gotten from the BBC. He is a 6 and above almost every game. Again they go by what they see on the pitch.

  4. You’re leaving out the most likely option.

    If Jozy plays and produces at the international level, but is routinely left out of the gameday squad with his club, it could (read: probably does) mean that he doesn’t train well during the week. This problem creeped up during his stint at Xerez and it led to him getting ZERO playing time.

  5. from Rangers’ website match report:

    “Man of the Match – Steven Davis got the award from the home support and deservedly so but DaMarcus Beasley and Kenny Miller were also superb. ”

  6. I agree Hulls midfield is horrible, but I think the real reason Jozy didn’t play is because of matchups, Hull was going to play with only one up top, Jozy isn’t the best hold up guy in my opinion and I think, this game was always going to be defensive, I think honestly Hull were never going to win, I think its just sad Jozy misses the oportunity to play at the emirates but I don’t think this has anything to do with training habits or form and it was just a tactical decision, made by a piss poor coach, How does Hull have the wage bill that they do and have soooo many horrible players, just horrible. They are so tough to watch.

  7. Altidore has been the best forward at hull. Every time he has stepped onto the pitch, he has done something to try and get a goal. It is difficult when you are the only striker, and the only midlfielder capable of playing in the EPL is out injured.

  8. The possibility of DOnovan on the left, BEASLEY (of all people) on the right, with Dempsey in a support role behind Josy is looking increasingly intriguing….

  9. Anyone notice that Dempsey played CF behind Zamora today? I think he is proving more and more that he can play as a support forward.

  10. agree 100%, way better than Emirates, which is more in tune with Olympic stadiums. Even the front row seats have binoculars under the seats.

  11. Toure was called out of the dressing room at half time and was informed Hughes was history. He then had to go back to the dressing room to inform the team. Wow City showing no sympathy

  12. On one of the Everton forums the Toffes were all wanting Jozy instead of Landon. How many 20 year olds actually playingin the EPL, not many

  13. Barcelona down 1-0 score in 88th minute to tie. Pedro with the goal

    Messi just scored a goal with his chest to give Barcelona a 2-1 lead in the 110 minute


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