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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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With the transfer window shut, teams across Europe are moving forward with their new parts in place. 

Queens Park Rangers' newest signings Djibril Cisse and Taye Taiwo are in the starting lineup for the club's match at Aston Villa, which has Robbie Keane in the starting lineup and Americans Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj ready on the bench. 

Bolton added a few new pieces during the transfer window as well, but one of them, former New York Red Bulls centerback Tim Ream, won't be making his debut against Thierry Henry and Arsenal on Wednesday when the two teams lock horns at Reebok Stadium. Henry is on the bench to start out as he enters the final month of his brief loan to his former club.

Elsewhere in notable matches, AC Milan and Lazio are two teams on Juventus' heels in Serie A, and the two do battle in a high-profile match with table implications in Italy. In Spain, Barcelona returns to action in the Copa del Rey. Fresh off eliminating Real Madrid in the quarterfinals, Barcelona travels to Valencia for the first leg of the semifinals.

If you will be watching any of Wednesday's games, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action (TV schedule is after the jump)


2:45 p.m. – – Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers

2:45 p.m. – – Lazio vs. AC Milan

2:45 p.m. – – Inter Milan vs. Palermo

2:45 p.m. – – Cagliari vs. Roma

2:45 p.m. – – Napoli vs. Cesena

3 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Bolton vs. Arsenal

3 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/ – Fulham vs. West Brom

3 p.m. – – Sunderland vs. Norwich City

3 p.m. – – Blackburn vs. Newcastle

3 p.m. – Deportes – Valencia vs. Barcelona


  1. Of course, it’s Valencia’s fault. Who in the world do they think they are blocking a penalty shot from the world’s greatest player. Valencia goalkeeper is a fricking jerk. He should have walked over to the side and left the goal wide open for Messi to tap in the winning goal instead of blocking. the goalkeeper is mean and doesn’t play fair.

  2. It’s sad to see it. Maybe if the Valencia FO weren’t so inept, they wouldn’t be so far in depth and they’d have been able to hold onto players like Villa, Silva and Mata who could actually keep them competitive with Barca.

  3. Whitbread was slow to close down space on the first two goals for Sunderland. The third he was out of the play behind. A terrible display from the entire Norwich back line and picking out Whitbread would be a bit harsh, especially on the first one which was part wonder strike part John Ruddy.

  4. Yeah it’s Barcelona’s fault that they get cheap shotted and seriously fouled, maybe they should just give the ball to the other teams?

    You sound like those idiots who blame women for being assaulted. Grow up.

  5. This Valencia game has gotten out of hand. More and more teams are resorting to the, “we can’t stop Barcelona by playing so let’s just injure them” defense.

  6. Who is that awful Scottish or English announcer calling the Bolton v Arsenal game. I can barely stand to listen to that man. It’s not just how he’s saing it, it’s what he says. The worst sports announcer of any sport, next to Taylor Twellman’s partner, whats his name PErez on Espn3, he is simply atrocious.


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