Preview: Pep Guardiola wary of a Bayern upset
FC Bayern barely have enough players to compete for spots in the lineup. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Claudio Pizarro, Xherdan Shaqiri, Franck Ribery and Holger Badstuber are out for this one. In midweek, Philipp Lahm added himself to the injury list when he hurt his thigh. He has been ruled out for the next two matches at least. Bayern made little work of CSKA Moskva in midweek.
They put three past the Russians in a clinical display. The defense did not have a good day but Manuel Neuer did. Keisuke Honda had a few chances to score but did not take them. Eventually, a handball by Dante resulted in a rather harsh penalty decision. Honda halved the deficit from the spot; Arjen Robben and Mario Götze had earlier given Bayern a 0-2 lead. A few minutes after Honda’s penalty, Robben earned Bayern a penalty at the opposite end which Thomas Müller converted.
Preview: A case of "Bayern Dusel"?
Jürgen Klopp’s grey hairs are at an all-time high. Tactics are perhaps not exactly his concern at this point. He has to find a back line to field first. Lukasz Piszczek is only starting to regain match fitness following hip surgery after the Champions League finale. Marcel Schmelzer succumbed to injury in his country’s friendly against England and is set to miss out along with Mats Hummels, who is set to be out for the rest of the year. Neven Subotic is out for the entire season.
As far as the midfield is concerned, Ilkay Gündogan, who was also injured in a friendly, is still out. Returning to the defense, the injuries prompted Klopp to sign the former Leverkusen defender, Manuel Friedrich for the whole season. Friedrich has not played competitively this season. Whether he is match fit is a big question.
The match is scheduled to take place at the Toyota Stadium in Texas on January 31, 2014. The home crowd will be looking forward to another terrific display from USA’s female soccer stars. The last meeting between the two rivals produced a 3-0 result with Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan getting the goals.
The Canadians have bad memories of their last international game at Toyota Stadium. That was back in May 2007 when they succumbed to a 6-2 loss to the United States. Neutrals will be hoping for a much closer contest this time round although records recall that the hosts have won all games in Texas.
However, odds are totally against Canada who have lost 46 out of 54 encounters against the USWNT. Tom Sermanni’s ladies are flying high with a year-long unbeaten record (13W-3D-0L). The coach told the press:
Preview: Bayern primed to take the honors and keep Bundesliga table top spot
FC Bayern München has not lost a Bavarian derby in almost even years now. The final derby of the past season is a memory which the Bavarians surely store with plenty of fondness. Bayern was presented the shield they longed for that day. They struggled to get out of the blocks on Match-day 33 in the midst of May. It took a Bayern side filled with confidence 69 minutes to finally find the back of the net. Rather unsurprisingly, it was Thomas Müller who did so in classic Raumdeuter fashion.
Ahead of this meeting, question marks remain over whether Müller will start; this is down to his poor form of late rather than injuries. The department of health (and injuries) at Bayern has been inundated this season. Bastian Schweinsteiger joined in recently; he is set to have ankle surgery to be able to play “completely free of pain” by his own admission.
Preview: Bayern look to regain one point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table
FC Bayern München will look to bring down Hoffenheim when they travel to the Rhein Neckar Arena for a Saturday afternoon duel. Pep Guardiola will be without the injured Xherdan Shaqiri and Claudio Pizarro.
In his previous match, he had to make a double substitution in the first half due to suspected injuries. The victims, Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben, are both both deemed doubtful for this encounter. However, Guardiola does not seem convinced enough to risk them in this one.
Preview: BVB to continue perfect home start to the season
Dortmund will be hoping for another win on home surface which could take them to the top of the league for a day at least when they face Stuttgart today. Die Borussen have won all seven matches they have played on home soil this season, including a 4-2 victory over defending champions Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup.
They will be buoyed by their 3-1 victory over Schalke in the Ruhr derby last time out and also by the fact that manager Jürgen Klopp has extended his contract which will keep him at the club for the next five years.
Preview: Schalke to continue their good form in Ruhr Derby
The Gelsenkirchen club got the better of their rivals last season when they managed to get maximum points in both the matches. Even though they are not in the best if the runs, Schalke will hope to get the better of Dortmund once again. Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp recalled the incidents of the past year and claimed that the two defeats at the hands of their rivals were difficult to take.
"When you sign a contract at Borussia Dortmund, the first thing you learn is that there are 32 Bundesliga games and two derbies," he said according to ESPN.
Preview: Napoli looking to ruin Roma’s perfect start
If there is one side which can be deemed to outclass Rudi Garcia’s high flying Roma side, it is the team from Naples led by Rafa Benitez. Like Roma, Napoli have been unbeaten in Serie A so far but unlike their counterparts Partenopei have dropped points this season owing to their draw against newly promoted side Sassuolo.
But Roma are now set to face arguably their biggest challenge of the season coming against a side which has done ever so well in the recent past. Napoli have come in leaps and bounds over the years and have earned European spots in each of the last four seasons.
Preview: Leverkusen looking to cause an upset at the expense of Bayern Munich
The home side will be aiming to repeat the antics of last season when they defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 at the Allianz Arena courtesy of goals from Stefan Kießling and Sidney Sam both of whom have been in incredible form this season and share 10 goals among each other in the league.
Leverkusen will be brimming with confidence having scored a 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad and will be hoping to translate their midweek performance on Saturday when they meet the German champions.
Preview: Latics looking for their first European triumph
Having qualified for the Europa League courtesy of their FA Cup final win over Manchester City last season, Wigan will be hoping to make the best out of their European adventure. However with a miserable run in the Championship which has seen them win only thrice in eight matches, Wigan will not be expected to make many strides in Europe this season.
Their task will be made more difficult with injuries piling up as the Latics are set to be without defenders Gary Caldwell, Stephen Crainey and Ivan Ramis, goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, midfielder Shaun Maloney and strikers Grant Holt and Marc-Antoine Fortune.
Preview: Mario Gotze likely to make return for Bavarians
After missing almost a month of action, star summer signing Mario Gotze could finally return to the fold. The young German suffered an ankle injury during the UEFA Super Cup win against Chelsea but returned to full training this week and could feature at some point in the game.
Although he did not feature in Wednesday’s 4-1 thumping in the DFB Pokal of Hannover, the former Borussia Dortmund star might return to the substitutes’ bench.
Preview: Cup glory hunt begins for Pellegrini
This game could not have come at a better time for Manchester City. Revenge is on their mind against the side that left them trophiless last least season. Sunday’s resounding 4-1 triumph over Manchester United in the English Premier League has injected positive vibes within the camp of the Citizens.
A happy team is always easier to manage, it seems, so Manuel Pellegrini might not feel too much pressure making tactical decisions. “We are all heroes, even the players on the bench,” Aguero told the press after his brace powered City to victory in the Manchester Derby.
Preview: Bayern looking to avoid any upsets in away trip to Gelsenkirchen
The defending champions will face a difficult challenge as they face Jens Keller’s men who have not conceded in three consecutive matches. Strengthened by the arrivals of Kevin-Prince Boateng and Ádám Szalai, Die Königsblauen will be looking to put a strong performance against the Bavarians in order to push for a Champions League place this season.
The squad has further benefited from the development of Schalke’s youth product Julian Draxler, who is starting to show why he has been so highly regarded and some fine displays in recent outings has made him one of the most important players in the squad.
Preview: Jurgen Klopp aiming for consistency to maintain top spot
Borussia Dortmund manager, Jurgen Klopp would be hoping to see his side perform at the same level at which they did before the international break.
As things stand, last season’s second best team in Germany is on top of the league, boasting a perfect record and a very good goal difference. However, a good early start is something that the team should build on in a bid to make it difficult for rivals Bayern Munich to retain their crown.
Preview: Which player will be the Supercopa de Espana hero?
With Lionel Messi back from injury, it is hard to predict which star will settle the game for his respective team, tonight; that is, if the battle sees a clear Man of the Match winner. In the first leg, David Villa’s opening goal almost gifted Atleti a valuable victory at the Vicente Calderon.
However, Neymar had other ideas. The Brazilian came on as a substitute to rescue new manager Gerardo Martino and the Blaugrana from defeat.
This two-legged Spanish Super Cup tie is wide open. Barcelona are known dominate games – especially at the Camp Nou. Still, Diego Simeone’s men must not be doubted. If Atletico Madrid are playing tonight, it is because they managed to stun bitter city rivals Real Madrid last season in the Copa del Rey final.
Barcelona are experiencing a new cycle under Martino. They will be hoping to win their first trophy of the campaign in front of their home supporters. How likely is an upset of the Catalans, though?
Lionel Messi, only returning from injury after missing last weekend’s 1-0 win away to Malaga, may or may not display the best of his abilities. This does not mean that tonight’s visitors will have a quiet time defending.
Expect Atletico – if they ever find their tempo at the Camp Nou – to defend a lot and try to hit Barca on the counter, just like Bayern Munich did in the UEFA Champions League semis last season.
In fact, Simeone’s men are under pressure since they are obliged to score to stand a chance of lifting the 2013 Spanish Super Cup. The 1-1 draw from the first leg means a goalless draw on Wednesday night will see Barcelona succeed current Supercopa de Espana titleholders Real Madrid.
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Mönchengladbach and Bayern have played each other more times than one would care to recall; both clubs have illustrious histories. Their rivalry with each other can be traced back even as far as the 70s, when both teams fought for the title against each other season…
Women’s soccer rocks ESPN3, BBC and British EuroSport in summer 2013
The ‘Winning Ground’ is the title of the tournament’s official anthem. As women’s football continues to develop around the world, it appears all 12 contenders at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Championship are winners – regardless of match results on the ground.
It is the last time that this tournament involves this number of teams. As many as 16 countries will compete in the next edition scheduled for 2017. This term, Italy and Norway are making a record 10th appearance. Like France, Finland, England, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia, Iceland, hosts Sweden and hot favourites Germany, they were present at the 2009 Women’s European Championship.
The Germans have claimed glory in the five previous tournaments and want to maintain their dominance on the continent. Which two nations will make it to the Grand Finale in Solna come July 28?
UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 was composed of three groups. The best two third-placed teams joined the top two of each group in the Last 8.
Group A: Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Finland
Group B: Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Iceland
Group C: France, England, Russia, Spain
UPDATE: Women’s Euro 2013 knockout stage matches – on TSN and TSN2 in Canada
Thirteen hosts cities across the United States welcome football fever this July. The CONCACAF Gold Cup is now the main attraction of every American soccer fan as the USMNT is favourite to claim the title.
The 2013 Gold Cup was initially composed of 12 teams placed in three tables. Group A had Mexico and also contained the likes of World Cup 2014 surprise prospects Panama. USA’s foes, Canada, completed this section with minnows Martinique. Both crashed out in the first round.
In Group B, Honduras were given a tough challenge to reaffirm their lost authority in the CONCACAF zone. Los Catrachos faced El Salvador, World Cup 2006 participants Trinidad and Tobago and tiny country Haiti.
Finally, Group C was composed of the hosts together with bitter political rivals Cuba. Costa Rica entered the competition as potential quarter-finalists but Belize failed to spring an upset in this four-team table. Each group winners and runners-up automatically reached the Last 8 and were joined by two of the three third-placed nations.
Since the Confederations Cup is over, the passion of CONCACAF football followers has hit a higher level. There is no way one can miss any of the action; you can watch absolutely all Gold Cup 2013 matches between July 7 and July 28. Bookmark this page and visit it regularly as LiveSoccerTV.com offers you important online and TV schedule updates throughout the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
CONCACAF Gold Cup 2013 Live Streaming and TV Listings: Semi-finals
Preview: Pressure higher on the Canadians after Martinique humiliation
The hour to conquer or die has arrived for both Canada and Mexico. These two teams were on the wrong end of tight battles on Matchday 1 of the 2013 Gold Cup. They both have zero point from a possible three. Last week, a late goal by minnows Martinique left Canadian fans in shock. This huge upset, which opened the tournament, was followed by El Tri’s 2-1 loss to Panama.
Humiliation reigns in the camp of Les Rouges who failed to qualify for the knockout stage in the previous edition of the tournament. Two-time CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Canada must immediately react against reigning champions Mexico or see their 2013 campaign cut short.
“I think we have a lot to prove for this next game — for the team, for the country, for ourselves,” said midfielder Nakajima-Farran before Thursday night’s crucial fixture.
Summing up the aspect of the game, the Canadian player concluded:
“Mexico had a very bad result also. They seem pretty vulnerable also. It’s just a matter of who wants it more. Really, it’s a matter of passion and laying our country on our shoulders.”
Interim manager, Colin Miller, preferred to remain realistic when speaking with reporters in a pre-match press conference. He believes that Canada’s national soccer team is not strong on paper as the country continues to develop in terms of football. With the lack of attacking power in the squad, chances are that Canada will commence the game with defensive tactics – even if that would bore the fans.
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This late kick-off starts the next day for viewers outside the American continent. The information below is for viewers in Canada, UK and the United States.
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Six of these upcoming fixtures feature the likes of Canada, World Number 2 Germany, Euro 2012 runners-up Italy, David Beckham’s home country England, Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA, and the Americans’ eternal foes, Mexico. There is so much to watch in May and some of the world’s biggest sports television channels are ready to feed viewers with live telecast!