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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV (and SBI’s Top 10 Matches to Watch)

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As if Chelsea-Liverpool needed any more drama to make it a must-see encounter, having Fernando Torres make his Chelsea debut against the very Liverpool side he just left days ago makes this one a can't-miss match and the headliner in a loaded weekend of soccer action.

The uncomfortable reunion also happens to be a seriously important match for both sides, with Chelsea trying to stay in the title race and Liverpool trying to climb back into the picture. Liverpool will be calling on newly-signed Luis Suarez to show Torres what he left behind.

Chelsea-Liverpool is far from the only top-quality match this weekend. In Italy, Inter Milan and Roma square off, while in Spain you'll see an incredible collection of attacking talent when Barcelona faces Atletico Madrid.

So what matches should you be watching this weekend? Here is a rundown of This Weekend's Soccer on TV, as well as SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch:


1. Chelsea vs. Liverpool. Fernando Torres faces off against Liverpool. Talk about drama and a match you can't miss.

2. Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid. Barca will be heavily favored, but Forlan and Aguero give Atletico a puncher's chance.

3. Inter Milan vs. AS Roma. Expect a fierce battle as both teams enter needing points to close the gap on AC Milan in Serie A.

4. Aston Villa vs. Fulham. Michael Bradley's Villa debut could come against Clint Dempsey's side. Last time Bradley and Dempsey played against each other? Try MLS in 2005.

5. Tottenham vs. Bolton. Stuart Holden and Wilson Palacios could give us a Gold Cup preview battle as Tottenham tries to crack the top four and Bolton looks to rebuild its own race for a European spot.

6. Argentina vs. Brazil Under-20s. This CONMEBOL Under-20 clash is one of those games you'll want to record and watch again in five years to see all the superstars you caught an early glimpse of.

7. Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke 04. You know how Barcelona is a team you must watch every chance you get? Well, Borussia Dortmund is one of the most exciting young teams in Europe and should face a good test from Schalke.

8. Palmeiras vs. Corinthians. Ronaldo may be on the verge of retiring, and Roberto Carlos may be feeling his age as well, but Corinthians/Palmeiras is still a quality Brazilian clash.

9. Tigres vs. Santos Laguna. Top two teams in Mexico right now square off with first place on the line, and it will be a chance to see how Jonathan Bornstein is coming along with his new club. 

10. Olympique Lyon vs. Bordeaux. Yes, Paris St. Germain-Rennes is a match-up of teams higher in the standings, but Lyon-Bordeaux always has fireworks.



2:30pm– GolTV- Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke 04

2:45pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Reading vs. Queens Park Rangers

8:30am– Azteca America- Necaxa vs. Morelia


7:45am– ESPN2- Stoke City vs. Sunderland

9:30am– FC Cologne vs. Bayern Munich

10am– Fox Soccer Channel- Newcastle United vs. Arsenal

10am– Fox Soccer Plus- Manchester City vs. West Bromwich Albion

10am– Aston Villa vs. Fulham

10am– Everton vs. Blackpool

10am– Tottenham vs. Bolton

10am– Burnley vs. Norwich City

Noon– Fox Soccer Plus- Udinese vs. Sampdoria

Noon– DirecTV- Almeria vs. Espanyol

Noon– DirecTV- Osasuna vs. Mallorca

12:30pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Wolverhampton vs. Manchester United

12:30pm– Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. VfB Stuttgart

1pm– Brest vs. AS Nancy Lorraine

1pm– Caen vs. Lorient

1pm– Lens vs. Valenciennes

1pm– Montpelier vs. Saint Etienne

1pm– Nice vs. Sochaux

1:45pm– PSV Eindhoven vs. ADO Den Haag

2pm– GolTV- Villarreal vs. Levante

2pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Burnley vs. Norwich City (Delayed)

2:45pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Cagliari vs. Juventus

3pm– Stade Rennes vs. Paris St. Germain

4pm– GolTV- Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid

4pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Everton vs. Blackpool (Delayed)

6pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Tottenham vs. Bolton (Delayed)

6pm– Azteca America- Cruz Azul vs. Jaguares

6pm– Telemundo- Monterrey vs. Pachuca

6:15pm– GolTV- Deportes Tolima vs. Santa Fe

8pm– Galavision- Santos Laguna vs. Tigres UANL

8pm– Telemundo- Chivas Guadalajara vs. Atlante

8:30pm– GolTV- Boyaca Chico vs. Once Caldas

10pm– Telefutura- San Luis vs. Estudiantes Tecos

1am– Fox Soccer Channel- Newcastle Jets vs. Sydney FC


6:30am– Fox Soccer Plus- Bologna vs. Catania

8:15am– Swansea City vs. Cardiff City

8:30am– Fox Soccer Plus- West Ham United vs. Birmingham City

9am– Lazio vs. Chievo Verona

9am– Napoli vs. AC Cesena

9am– Genoa vs. AC Milan

9am– Lecce vs. Palermo

10:30am– Fox Soccer Plus- Swansea City vs. Cardiff City (Delayed)

11am– Fox Soccer Channel- Chelsea vs. Liverpool

11am– Sevilla vs. Malaga

11am– Auxerre vs. Lille

11am– Toulouse vs. Monaco

11:30am– GolTV- SC Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

1pm– Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad

1pm– Telemundo- Toluca vs. Atlas

1pm– Azteca America- Puebla vs. UNAM Pumas

2:45pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Inter Milan vs. AS Roma

3pm– GolTV- Valencia vs. Hercules

3pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Olympique Lyon vs. Bordeaux

3:15pm– Vitoria Setubal vs. Benfica

3:30pm– Ecuador vs. Colombia (CONMEBOL Under-20 Championships)

5pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Genoa vs. AC Milan (Delayed)

5pm– GolTV- Palmeiras vs. Corinthians (Delayed)

5pm– Univision- Club America vs. Queretaro

7pm– Uruguay vs. Chile (CONMEBOL Under-20 Championships)

9pm– Argentina vs. Brazil (CONMEBOL Under-20 Championships)


 Which matches are you most looking forward to watching?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Tigres and Santos are 1st and 2nd in group 1, they are 7th and 8th in the general table.

    Not that the table means much going into matchday 5, it’s quite early.

    I will point out that Tigres barely pulled out a win at home against almost certain to be relegated Necaxa, and barely tied Querétaro(currently 2nd in line for relegation) on the road. They did have a nice road win at América.

    (Information can be verified at

  2. Is anyone else angry that Fox bought all these rights to EPL games but lacks the channels to show them to anyone?

    I pay my cable bill for access to Fox and I pay extra for the extended sports channels, but in order to see 80% of the games they have the rights to they want me to pay $15 per month and watch in low-d on my computer?

    Come on, that’s pretty outrageous.

    I don’t see how they could possibly be profiting from that arrangement. I know there’s a lot of demand for the games involving the bigger name teams they put on FSC, the mythical FS+, and extremely rarely on FSN, but how can they afford to keep all those other games online and distribute them to essentially no one?

  3. ESPN’s contract is for the early games. If that is the early game, then what are they supposed to do? Play a FIFA 11 match between AV and Fulham?

  4. Because FSC’s job is to get the most viewers, which will (almost always) consist of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, or a combination of the three.

    I’m disappointed as well, but it’s not their job to appease us USMNT fans.

  5. I really wish Comcast would get with the program and get FSC in HD. It is hard to watch games in standard definition on big screen tvs.

  6. Agree. I seem to remember reading that they negotiate with FSC to broadcast a few EPL games (correct me if I’m wrong, though), so it could just be the terms of their contract.

    FSC is awesome (and as a soccer fan, it’s worth every penny of my cable bill), but I agree–if the average American is going to get into EPL soccer, it’s most likely going to be through ESPN just by virtue of the fact that more people get it in their home. It’d be nice if the games that they showed were actually the good ones.

  7. Now that I get ESPN3, I appreciate those games being in the list. With my ‘top-notch’ cable provider, the ESPN games are the only ones that I can (legally) see.

    So I’m with EA, just filter out the channel names with a .com or .tv at the end.

  8. If ESPN is trying to sell the EPL to Americans as the highest level of soccer available, then they need to pick some more entertaining games.

    Plus, Stoke seems to be on ESPN2 every third week. Isn’t there a rotation for these early games?

  9. Careful RK if you speak,write,or think the words Bowl and Super together the Goodell Gestapho will come down you you like Janet Reno on a cult.

    It like if you say the word Olympics with out a license you will feel the wrath…whats going on…who are these people…they all have masks…yes i will stop typing

  10. The thing that drives me nuts about ESPN’s coverage is the damn chyron showing the scores of all the games I’m DVRing. I wish there was a way to turn off chyrons.

    Now these early morning games avoid that situation but more than once has ESPN made me very mad at it.

    FSC/FSP does a great job of never putting its viewers in this situation.

  11. i really don’t want to be a pain because I do appreciate the effort that goes into putting this together, but is there ANY way we could differentiate between games on TV and games online? I hate scrolling through 15 games to find the ones on TV. Italics? Bold? Different category??

  12. Liverpool versus Chelsea is going to be crazy. Glad that I’ll be watching from the safety of my own home and not the stands–I have a feeling that could turn ugly.

    Really looking forward to AV-Fulham. I hope that we see Bradley get some playing time.

  13. Anyone know what happened to It appears the domain was shut down by the government.

    Any good alternatives? That site was amazing 🙁

  14. Glad to hear FSC is at least playing the replay of the AV-Fulham game. I’m gone all day at rehearsal anyways, so I’ll DVR it and watch it when I get home.

    Unfortunately, that means I won’t be able to log on to SBI (my usual diversion during rehearsal downtime) until after I watch the game.


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