Preview: Black Cats eyeing morale-boosting win against the Blues
It’s a very miserable and tough period for Sunderland in the English Premier League and one can expect the Christmas period to be even colder. The Black Cats are firmly rooted at the bottom of the table with only nine points, four less than Crystal Palace and Fulham, and five behind seventeenth-placed West Ham United. As a result, Jose Mourinho shared the following piece of advice to Sunderland boss Gus Poyet:
“Gus is trying to avoid relegation so he has to play the kids from the academy in our game and keep the guys fresh for the next weekend [at home to Norwich City].”
Football fans worldwide witnessed 277 goals from a total of 96 battles in the group phase of the competition. Players stepped up to the challenge, producing great individual performances as the goalscorers and assist charts prove it.
Cristiano Ronaldo broke the record of most goals scored in the group stages with his 9 strikes, topping the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (8) and company. Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney turned out to be the best provider with 6 assists, ahead of Real Madrid’s Argentine winger, Angel di Maria.
At collective level, the UEFA Champions League created a number of shocking outcomes. The pick of those was the qualification of Turkish giants Galatasaray at the expense of Juventus in snowy weather conditions. There was also the heart-breaking elimination of Napoli in the ‘Group of Death’ as Dortmund and Arsenal progressed.
All is set for Monday’s event in Nyon to take place.
Preview: Blacks Stars and Pharaohs both going for the kill
The first leg of this CAF World Cup Qualifying playoff match staged in Kumasi produced a surprise with seven goals split 6-1 in favour of the hosts. What sort of show will the public witness in the second leg? The Egyptians are facing a daunting task to reverse this humiliating score line. If hopes of reaching Brazil 2014 are almost all gone, the desire to restore pride is very much alive for the Pharaohs.
The home crowd will be expecting an acceptable performance from Bob Bradley’s men whereas the visitors will do everything to delight away supporters as well as fans back home. Last Friday, Egypt warmed up for their upcoming clash with a 2-0 win over Zambia. A repeat of that score line would still deny them a spot at the World Cup but interestingly damage Ghana’s momentum.
Preview: The Azzurri and the Super Eagles – two confident sides
These are the sort of games that Nigeria must win. Regardless of the fact that this clash is not a competitive one, playing four-time World Cup champions Italy is always big. It is an opportunity for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations titleholders to test their metal following their short adventure at the FIFA Confederations Cup earlier this summer.
As the first African team to book tickets to Brazil 2014, the Super Eagles feel proud and have set their eyes on lifting the golden trophy next year. Lille-based Nigerian veteran goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was quoted by BBC Sport as saying:
American soccer fans will have the opportunity to watch the biggest match of the CAF World Cup qualifying playoffs on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. LiveSoccerTV – your ultimate source for live stream and TV listings of U.S. channels and worldwide sports network – will keep updating the Ghana-Egypt match page with information.
The two giant African footballing nations, Ghana and Egypt, were paired together when the draw for the 2014 CAF World Cup qualifying playoffs took place on September 16. One of these great contenders will suffer the pain of missing out of Brazil 2014.
Miami, Florida (July 14, 2013) – July 14 marks Independence Day in France, but far away in South Africa and in Indonesia respectively, this date marks Manchester City and Arsenal’s start of their 2013/14 pre-season tour. How exciting it is to see these two English Premier League clubs warm-up for the big kick-off of the EPL campaign come August 17, 2013! For this reason, Live Soccer TV presents to you accurate live stream and TV schedules of Sunday’s friendlies.
Manchester City arrived in South Africa on Saturday for the Nelson Mandela Football Invitational. The football match against SuperSport United, which will unfold as 94-year-old South African icon Mandela remains hospitalized, will be Manuel Pellegrini’s first since quitting Spanish club Malaga earlier this summer.
The Citizens are expected to field a rather strong squad with stars like Barcelona admire Kun Aguero, new signings Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, skipper Vincent Kompany and goalkeeper Joe Hart receiving some playing time at the delight of home supporters.
However, several fringe players are likely to be given an opportunity at the Loftus Versveld, as nine changes will be allowed for both sides during the game. The money received from this pre-season friendly will go to 10 schools in Qunu, Eastern Cape.
Far away in Indonesia, Arsenal will come up against Indonesia. They will be hoping to kick start their summer campaign on a better note than Manchester United who lost 1-0 to Singha All Star XI on July 13. The Gunners can expect an electric atmosphere at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium which can accommodate 88,000 spectators. The excitement in the crowd will certainly match the hot weather.
Pre-season friendly live stream and TV listings
Miami Beach, Florida (April 19, 2013) -- Juventus vs Milan is one of the biggest matches set to take place in Europe this weekend. LiveSoccerTV.com's data team has gathered information for live stream and TV schedules. The detailed list, sorted by country, features Canada, UK, USA, India and 125 other location around the world.
Matchday 33 in the Italian Serie A will save the best for last as big rivals Juventus and Milan will face off in Turin at 14:45 EST on Sunday, April 21. This match is a matter of first versus third in the standings. Antonio Conte’s men are on course to lifting the Scudetto while the Rossoneri are eying a second-place finish.
Both teams suffered an UEFA Champions League heartbreak and must now concentrate solely on their domestic campaign. Without Mario Balotelli who is suspended, what are Milan’s chances of upstaging La Vecchia Signora?
Argentina secured a vital victory at home to Paraguay last Friday. The Albiceleste’s attacking line lived up to expectations. Angel Di Mari put the Argentines on the right track as early as inside the third minute.
Jonathan Fabbro equalized for Paraguay from the penalty spot after 17 minutes but Gonzalo Higuain restored the hosts’ advantage on the half-hour mark. Lionel Messi cemented his nation’s win with a sumptuous free-kick 30 minutes from time.
With this victory, the Albiceleste rocketed to the very top of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table. The Argentines will be hoping to pounce on Peru’s inferiority this Tuesday. The Peruvians seat outside of the qualification zone with only six points from six games.
Like San Marino, Ukraine are yet to play a match in the European World Cup qualifiers for Brazil 2014. Last Friday, Poland were in action against Montenegro but it was the Three Lions of England who stole the show with a 5-0 trouncing of Moldova.
Jermaine Defoe, James Milner and Leighton Baines got a goal each while Frank Lampard clinched a brace. England’s players will be expected to live up to expectations against a stronger opposition than Moldova, namely Ukraine.
England vs Ukraine will be live on television in over 100 countries around the globe this Tuesday. This European World Cup qualifier will feature the third highest ranked nation against Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine at Wembley.
In which country are you located? Click here to see where to watch this game live:
Captain Cristiano Ronaldo has captured all the focus of the media on Portugal’s squad ahead of this encounter. Last weekend, the 27-year-old attacker revealed that there are on-going problems between him and his club, Real Madrid. While football experts have been busy discussing the statement, Ronaldo’s attention has switched to September’s World Cup qualifiers.
The number 7 star is eager to inspire Portugal on the road to Brazil after a rather successful Euro 2012 adventure. The field in Luxembourg could offer Cristiano Ronaldo a platform to score goals and eventually compete for the World Cup qualifying top scorer title.
Here is a guide to some of the top World Cup qualifying matches that will be taking place this Friday, September 7, 2012. Click here to see where to watch Luxembourg vs Portugal, Moldova vs England, Bulgaria vs Italy, Netherlands vs Turkey and more:
El Clasico arrives in the Spanish capital a week after the two teams in question went head to head in Catalonia. The first leg of the Supercopa de Espana produced five goals, all of which were scored in the second half.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi netted a goal each but the latter finished the night on the winning side. However, a terrible mistake from Victor Valdes in post allowed Angel Di Maria to revive Real Madrid’s hopes ahead of the second leg.
Barcelona hold a 3-2 advantage but Real Madrid are eager to make the most of the home factor on Wednesday. Los Blancos are going through their worst start in a season since 1973. Can Jose Mourinho, self-renamed “The Only One”, stop Real Madrid’s boat from sinking deeper?
Click here to see where to watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona live in the Supercopa 2012 on Wednesday, 29 August 2012:
It is time for the best of Spanish football rivalries to light up world football’s fervent fans across the globe. When Catalunya’s Barcelona and Castilla’s Real Madrid lock horns, the battle is always deadly.
*Note: BARCELONA VS REAL MADRID HAS ENDED. Click here to see where to watch the second leg of the Supercopa 2012:
The players on the pitch sacrifice themselves to defend the colours of their team as emotions rule the atmosphere. Only the strongest prevail. For the past three years, Barcelona have known nothing but glory in the Supercopa de Espana. Can the Catalans clinch their fourth title on the trot?
Click here to see where to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid live in the Supercopa 2012 on Thursday, 23 August 2012:
The hosts have the chance to finish Matchday 1 above bitter local rivals Liverpool. The latter suffered a stunning 3-0 demolition away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Also last weekend, Arsenal drew blank at home to Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur went down to Newcastle United.
Giants Chelsea and Manchester City engaged in Sunday action. The Blues and the Citizens both clinched victory putting early pressure on Manchester United to get a result on Monday. Can the Red Devils avoid a slow start at Goodison Park where they last played a disappointing 4-4 draw?
TalkSport Radio offers live coverage of this match in Australia, Canada, USA, UK and in Ghana via Citi 97.3 FM. Everton vs Manchester United kicks off at 20:00 BST on Sky Sports 3D and Sky Sports 1/HD in the United Kingdom. Tune in to ESPN3, ESPN Deportes or ESPN2 in the United States from 15:00 EST.
Do not miss a second of the action even if you cannot make it to The Home Depot Center in Carson. Indeed, this club friendly match has been greeted with wide coverage. LA Galaxy vs Real Madrid is the first of Los Blancos’ four fixtures at the 2012 World Football Challenge.
The reigning La Liga champions and UEFA Champions League semi-finalists continue their preparations for the upcoming season. Watch UEFA Euro 2012 star Cristiano Ronaldo take the field by storm with his distinctive style of play as Jose Mourinho’s top guns are expected to feature.
Whether you are in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras or Mexico, catch every bit of LA Galaxy vs Real Madrid live on ESPN HD Latin.
Permanent Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo will be asking for another goal fest, days after his team put four past Seattle Sounders.
On Sunday night, the Blues will have a great opportunity to outshine English rivals Liverpool. The Merseyside Reds managed nothing more than a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC in their only World Football Challenge 2012 match on July 21.
Watch Brendan Rodgers experience his first test as Liverpool manager this Saturday at the Rodgers Centre. Football fans in Canada can witness the event at the stadium like on television.
In Africa, countries that will have Toronto vs Liverpool live on SuperSport 3 Africa and SuperSport 10 include Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In South Africa, this World Football Challenge 2012 fixture can be viewed on the following additional channels: SuperSport HD 2, SuperSport Internet 3, SuperSport 3 and SuperSport Maximo.
Lucky ticket holders will have the prestige to see one of the world’s best football teams in action at the stadium. Meanwhile, people without tickets will be served with live television broadcast of the match.
Watch the reigning UEFA Champions League winners, Chelsea, begin their pre-season summer tour in the United States with a match against Seattle Sounders in Washington.
ESPN subscribers have nothing to worry about as the opening fixture of World Football Challenge 2012 will air live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes in the United States.
As recent as three weeks back, the door to the title seemed firmly shut in the face of City as United enjoyed an eight point lead at the summit of English football.
Recent results, however, including the dramatic 4-all draw against Everton have re-opened the door for City. The match is exclusively live on SuperSport and in High Definition.
Former United midfield hard men, Roy Keane will be in studio for the one-hour build up to the match which will be preceded by a season-so-far review of both clubs on Monday Night Football.
In North America
In the United States, the UEFA Euro 2012 final draw can be watched on ESPN3 USA. ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio will also cover the event live. In Canada, The Sports Network – TSN and Reseau des Sports will bring the best of the Euro 2012 final draw in Kyiv with extensive and exclusive coverage involving football fans.
Watch the UEFA Euro 2012 final draw live on BBC Two and British EuroSport 1 if you are in the United Kingdom. If you are in Germany, ARD is the place to be during the ceremony. If you are in Greece, watch it on ERT 1. In Spain, Cuatro will be responsible of showing the event.