Soccer on TV – Week 4

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What other story is there to start the week? Mesut Özil can be Arsenal’s creative kingpin

Of course, he’s not the only transfer, we must look at Fellaini, Lamela and Willian: how will the new signings fit in?. The Guardian offers their take but I have to go back to Mesut…

Ozil has recorded more assists than any other footballer in Europe’s major five leagues over the past five campaigns but the German is also arguably the world’s greatest off-the-ball player. His appreciation of space, movement and unusual but effective runs proved crucial in Cristiano Ronaldo’s amazing goalscoring run at Real Madrid. Ozil prefers to start centrally but from there he drifts to either flank, creating overloads and allowing the wide players to dart inside. It is likely he and Santi Cazorla will dovetail to the left and provide through-balls for Theo Walcott making runs from the opposite wing. Walcott’s tendency to play high means Ozil will also drift to the right, ensuring Arsenal retain balance.

It’s Arsenal visiting the Stadium of Light that NBC Sports features at 9am, with Mesut Özil facing Jozy Altidore and Sunderland. Join us at Basso for all the games!

Champions League returns Tuesday and Fox Sports is offering three games live on both Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s some good stuff right from the start as Group Play begins. That means holders FC Bayern Munich, Manchester United (Fellaini!) and Real Madrid on Tuesday while Wednesday offer Celtic (vs AC Milan), Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona. What a start…

Moving on, with the addition of beIN Sports to AT&T Uverse (my service) and Fox Sports move to maintain an important role in soccer with their Champions League coverage, I am now officially overwhelmed with game options. Competition is wonderful isn’t it! But you want details…

beIN Sports offers Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain) and Serie A (Italy) matches AND English Championship League (a division below Premier League) matches this weekend. Add Bundesliga (Germany) via GolTV and I may never go outside again. Some key games to add to your calendar include…

La Liga this week includes both Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday. Serie A means AC Roma which this week is on Monday afternoon vs Parma although Bradley is likely out for several weeks.

The NCAA Division 1 schedule is heating up and there are some opportunities to see top-ranked teams this week. All games are broadcast on ESPN3.

For the women, you can catch #8 Notre Dame today against North Carolina State and then again on Sunday when they face #1 North Carolina. For fans of the Jayhawks, Kansas is featured against San Diego Friday. Then on Wednesday, it’s #1 North Carolina again, this time against #4 Florida State!

The men offers #18 Maryland vs. #2 North Carolina AND #12 St John vs South Carolina on Friday. Saturday is #20 Clemson vs NC State while St John returns to play West Virginia on Sunday.

Finally, the FIFA Beach World Cup opens this week. In Tahiti. New bucket list item! The tournament includes the US of A who are part of Group A with Spain, hosts Tahiti and the United Arab Emirates. ESPN3 is broadcasting several games a day and the US opens play on Thursday against Spain.

As always, check the Basso Soccer on TV calendar for all the matches being shown in our area. This post brought to you by Basso, your new home for the #EPLinSTL. Join us Saturday mornings for English Premier League soccer with a special breakfast menu and 32 craft beers on tap. Doors open at 8:00 am every Saturday. Follow them on Twitter – @BassoSTL or Facebook. Basso is located within the Cheshire Inn complex.
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