Watch: EPL returns Sunday with Arsenal-Manchester City, while NBC’s Coach Lasso/Jason Sudeikis explains the basics of English football for the uninitiated

The traditional curtain-raiser to the EPL season is 7 a.m. Sunday on Fox Sports 1 — the annual Charity shield game that pits the EPL champions, in this case Manchester City against the FA Cup winners, which last season was Arsenal.

NBC’s coverage of the EPL begins the following weekend and while you wait, don’t miss the hilarious video above.

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World Cup Final watch: Where are you going to watch Brazil-Netherlands Saturday and the Germany-Argentina finale Sunday?

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World Cup Watch: Brazil-Germany Semifinal sets record Twitter and Television marks

The Tuesday midday game was watched on ESPN and Univision by a combined average audience of 12.4 million making it the most-viewed World Cup semifinal ever in the U.S.

It was also the highest-rated World Cup game not involving the U.S. ever on ESPN, where records were also set earlier in the tournament for the U.S.-Portugal contest.

Curiously, viewership actually increased as the 7-1 blowout went on making it more like a car wreck on the freeway than a soccer game.

Los Angeles was the eighth highest-rated market in the nation for ESPN, while even more viewers were watching on Univision in LA.

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Where in Southern California are you going to watch the World Cup quarterfinals Friday and Saturday?

That’s a little tricky on Independence Day when many bars and restaurants are closed.

However, a few suggestions (and an interactive map is below). As always, call before you go.

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Samba Brazilian Steakhouse in Redondo Beach continues the World Cup party Friday with the Brazil-Columbia game live at 1 p.m. on a 16-foot projection screen, samba dancers and capoeira (Brazilian martial arts).

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World Cup Watch: Round of 16 begins Saturday

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After 15 consecutive days of as many as four World Cup games a day, the planet takes a breather today before the knockout round of 16 begins at 9 a.m. Saturday on ABC and Univision when Brazil faces Chile; Uruguay-Colombia follows at 1 p.m.

Chile has injury issues, while snubbed Brazilian star Kaka still believes his nation has the firepower to see off its South American neighbors.

Not surprisingly, World Cup interest is increasing in the U.S.

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Sunday’s USA-Portugal World Cup game is most viewed soccer game on TV ever

worldcup2014logoThe 18.2 million viewers surpassed the previous high of 17.97 million set by the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and China, ESPN and Univision announced today.

The 9.6 million households who watched makes it the highest-rated men’s soccer game ever on television, beating the 9.5 million households that watched the 1994 World Cup final.

(The rating for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final: 11.4 households).

ESPN Ratings in Los Angeles for all 2014 World Cup games are 3.7, fifth-highest in the nation.

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World Cup Watch: Where the American Outlaws Southern California chapters are viewing today’s U.S.- Portugal game

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