So I suppose it’s tempting fate to write a column about the busy summer of soccer that lies ahead and then elevate the wrong team to the final four of the UEFA CL (not that the two alert Barcelona fans who noticed really minded).
Recommended games include:
- 11:45 a.m. today Ireland-Germany ESPN
- 11:45 a.m. today Scotland-Poland Fox Sports 2
- 5 p.m. Argentina-Ecuador BeIn Sports
- 11:30 a.m. Friday Spain-Luxembourg ESPN
- 11:30 a.m. England-Estonia Fox Sports 2
- 9 a.m. Saturday Kazakhstan-Netherlands Fox Sports 2
- 9 a.m. Sunday Finland-Northern Ireland Fox Sports 1
- 9 a.m. Sunday Greece-Hungary Fox Sports 2
- 11:30 a.m. Sunday Poland-Ireland ESPN
- 11:30 a.m. Sunday Germany-Georgia Fox Sports 1
- 11:30 a.m. Sunday Gibraltar-Scotland Fox Sports 2
- 9 a.m. Monday Sweden-Moldova Fox Sports 2
- 11:30 a.m. Monday Lithuania-England Fox Sports 2
- 11:30 a.m. Monday Ukraine-Spain ESPN2
- 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Netherlands-Czech Republic ESPN2
- 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Italy-Norway Fox Sports 1
- 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Belgium-Israel Fox Sports 2
The Galaxy may have the weekend off, but Robbie Keane doesn’t. Read more about the full slate of international games available for the armchair fan this Labor Day holiday weekend in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.
LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane will decide whether his mindset will allow him to play in Ireland’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier Saturday against Ireland after the death of two cousins earlier this week in an industrial accident.
Here’s some other recommended Euro 2016 qualifiers available on television this weekend:
*11:30 a.m. Saturday Gibralter-Germany on Fox Sports 2
*4 p.m. Saturday Armenia-Portugal on ESPN Deportes
*9 a.m. Sunday Ukraine-Luxembourg on Fox Sports 2
*11:30 a.m. Sunday Belarus-Spain on Fox Sports 2
This is going to be a long weekend, with no epl football. #MUFC
— Chris (@emmett99) September 5, 2014
Just getting into the EPL, and they hit me with an international break! WTF? @MenInBlazers
— Billiam M (@Myrman71) September 5, 2014
It’s going to be a boring weekend without Epl football
— Alex♆ (@RedCityOfficial) September 5, 2014
6 p.m. Friday Brazil-Colombia on BeIn Sports
10 a.m. Saturday Ivory Coast-Sierra Leone on BeIn Sports (featuring former MLS player Kei Kamara of Lawndale)
6 p.m. Saturday Mexico-Chile on UniMas
11:30 a.m. Sunday Portugal-Albania on ESPN2
11:30 a.m. Sunday Germany-Scotland on Fox Sports 1
11:30 a.m. Monday Switzerland-England on Fox Sports 1
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Norway-Italy on Fox Sports 1
All ears: U.S. fans have been almost as receptive to Euro 2012 as those actually attending the tournament like these from semifinalist Germany (AP Photo).
The game of the week locally: German fans will gather at Alpine Village near Torrance, while those of Italian descent will live and die with their team at the Italian American Club in San Pedro for Thursday’s decider between the two nations.
American soccer fans in general have embraced the tournament to a greater extent than ever before:
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — The European Championship’s viewership is up big from four years ago.
The average audience in the United States was up 82 percent for English-language broadcasts through the group stage. The 24 matches on ESPN averaged more than 1 million viewers. For Euro 2008, the games were watched by an average of 552,000 people.
Where are you going to watch the games?
England Expects: Striker Wayne Rooney, seen here watching the game against Sweden, makes his much-anticipated England debut today at Euro 2012 (Associated Press Photo).
You could hardly call Wayne Rooney fashionably late to Euro 2012.
Truth is, most England fans are just relieved the their nation is still in with a chance at the tournament while awaiting Rooney’s return from suspension.
Could Rooney stamp his mark (um, poor choice of words, you know what I mean) on the tournament just as the quarterfinals begin and spark an England run deep into the later rounds? Or not.
We’ll find out beginning today.
For more, read today’s column on Rooney and Euro 2012.
Wayne’s tournament? Wayne Rooney made his first appearance at Euro 2012 today and promptly scored the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 England win over Ukraine (AP Photo).
I’m not sure whether England won the game as much as Ukraine lost it, but with the country meeting Italy in the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 Sunday I very much doubt that many of my fellow England fans are complaining.
And it was the returning Wayne Rooney who made the difference in exploiting a goalkeeping error to seal the victory.
Good thing goal line technology isn’t yet in place though (if you’re an England fan).
Game story here.
Euro stunner: Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, center, scores his side’s equalizer in a 1-1 tie with Italy today in a Euro 2012 Group C game Poznan, Poland (AP Photo).
Who would have predicted Croatia would top Euro 2012 Group C after two games (even if the nation has played a game more than world champions Spain, who face Ireland in 15 minutes or so).
Aside from a few optimistic San Pedro Croats few others I suspect, but nevertheless that’s the case after Croatia tied 1-1 today with Italy.
Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic now has three goals in two Euro 2012 games, while Italy has to beat Ireland Monday to assure themselves of advancing.
Croatia play Spain Monday in their third and final group game.