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Six Manchester United Preseason Matches on ESPN Networks

Catch Manchester United preseason matches on ESPN networks the next two weeks. There will be six matches broadcast, beginning with a pre-ICC international friendly match vs. Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy on Saturday, July 15. The match will be the first for Belgium National Team star and former Everton FC striker Romelu Lukaku in a Manchester United shirt.

Two days later Lukaku and Manchester United will face MLS’s Real Salt Lake before beginning three games in the International Champions Cup against Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Manchester United’s ESPN appearances conclude Wednesday, August 2, vs. Italian Serie A club U.C. Sampdoria, from Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. The full schedule is listed below and all of the games, including the full ICC schedule, are part of the Soccer on TV Calendar at SoccerSTL.net or can be found in the footer of this website.

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ESPN FC’s Alexis Nunes conducted an exclusive interview this week with Lukaku about his move to Manchester United. Lukaku and his longtime friend and now teammate Paul Pogba also discussed their friendship in a one-on-one interview, exclusive to ESPN FC.

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Champions League Returns

Gus Johnson, Fox SportsThe Champions League returns Tuesday and there is a story overshadowing the games

FOX’s decision to throw Gus Johnson into the deep end next week with the Champions League match between Real Madrid and Manchester United sends a strong message to its hardcore soccer base who have been watching the Premier League on FOX Soccer for 15 consecutive years — we don’t care about you anymore. We’ve lost the EPL rights for the next 3 years so instead of Martin Tyler, let’s put Johnson into the pressure cooker and sees how he copes with one of the biggest matches of the European season.

Read more at EPL Talk and below. In the meantime, here’s the game schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday Feb 12
13:30 UEFA Champions League: Celtic FC (SCO) v Juventus (ITA) – Fox Soccer
16:00 UEFA Champions League: Valencia CF (ESP) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) DELAY – Fox Soccer

Wednesday Feb 13
13:30 UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid CF (ESP) v Manchester Utd. FC (ENG) – Fox Soccer
Ferdinand and United ready for Ronaldo reunion
16:00 UEFA Champions League: FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Borussia Dortmund (GER) DELAY – Fox Soccer
Lucas Moura’s star shines brighter than Beckham’s at Paris St-Germain, especially now that Beckham is not included in the Final 22 for Wednesday’s match.

Sports Illustrated takes a longer look at Fox Sports and Gus’ plans

The radical idea was hatched in October 2011, shortly after FIFA awarded the U.S. broadcast rights to Fox Sports for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Fox Sports president Eric Shanks wanted to do something bold with his soccer coverage. Most importantly, he wanted to brand it with something unique to Fox. So he called up broadcaster Gus Johnson, who had joined Fox only five months earlier, and asked him a question: Would you be willing to work for the next six years to become the American voice of soccer?
Johnson was stunned. But he was also interested.

Read More at SI.com.

World Football Challenge

World Football Challenge Opens Wednesday

World Football ChallengeThe World Football Challenge is a series of 14 games — 5 involving M.L.S. clubs — that begin Wednesday when Manchester United opens the tournament against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. The games continue until Aug. 6 when Barcelona plays Club América of Mexico at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Here’s some background on the evolution of the series, now put on by SUM. I’ve also added the TV schedule as it’s known at the moment to my calendar. Follow the event on Twitter or Facebook

WEDNESDAY, July 13
7:00 pm – NEW ENGLAND-MANCHESTER UNITED – ESPN2/ESPN3.com

SATURDAY, July 16
9:00 pm – LOS ANGELES-REAL MADRID – ESPN2/ESPN3.com

MONDAY, July 18
9:00 pm – VANCOUVER-MANCHESTER CITY -ESPN3.com

WEDNESDAY, July 20
10:00 pm – REAL MADRID-CHIVAS -ESPN3.comhigh class escorts chicago

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Champions League Quarterfinals Tue-Wed

chelsea_v_manuThe 1st leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals kick off on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The 8 teams remaining will play their home-and-away series this week and next. The winners move on to the semifinals the last week of April and 1st week of May. The games are being broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel.

Tuesday, April 5th
REAL MADRID-TOTTENHAM (live) 1 pm.
INTER MILAN-SCHALKE (delay) 4 pm.

Wednesday, April 6
CHELSEA-MANCHESTER UNITED (live) 1 pm.
BARCELONA-SHAKHTAR DONETSK (delay) 4 pm.

I think the Chelsea vs ManU game might justify a late lunch at Farmer’s Gastropub on Wednesday. Feel free to join me!

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Because I Hate ManU and Chelsea

arjen robbenDefender Martín Demichelis put FC Bayern München’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final triumph over Manchester United FC down to the “spectacular” duo of Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben. Robben added to his collection of eye-catching goals for treble-chasing Bayern with their decisive second at Old Trafford, meeting Ribéry’s corner with a superb volley that swept the ball past fellow Dutch international Edwin van der Sar. For Bayern, who had trailed 3-0 late in the first half, that goal spelt salvation – making it 3-2 on the night and giving them the away-goals advantage after a 2-1 first-leg win in Munich.

Demichelis told UEFA.com: “It was tremendous vision from Franck Ribéry, who played the perfect ball across, and Arjen’s execution was fantastic. Both Franck and Arjen are spectacular players who can win a game at any moment.

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