World Football Update - Jun 27th 2012

Jon Forget
Jun 27th 2012

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Feature Matches
We are down to the last three matches of a terrific European Championship tournament,and both of the Semifinalsare enticing fixtures. In the first match up, this afternoon, we have defending ChampionsSpain facingtheir neighbors Portugal. Spain have looked strong, with a swarmingand stingy defense, making it difficult fortheir competition to mount a decent attack. Portugal have relied heavily on Christiano Ronaldo for goals, but they have looked good as a team as well with strong attacking flank play.It will be to Spains advantage that many of their players play their Club football with or against Christiano Ronaldo, perhaps giving themsome insight into shutting him down. In the other Semifinal Germany take on Italy, in a clash of Europeantitans. Germany has been the talk of the tournament, combining a potent attack with a strong and organized defense and midfield. The Germans are young, and this could be their first major tournament title of this era if they keep firing on all cylinders. Never underestimate the Italians though, clever tactics anda staunch experienced defensekeep them competitive against any side.These two games should be top tier, setting up a World Class Final for Sunday afternoon!
There is plenty of other great football to enjoy this week, starting this evening (6:50pm ko)with theCopa Libertadores Final between Boca Jrs. of Argentina andCorinthians of Brazil. The Copa Libertadores is South Americas equivalent to the European Champions League, withthe major difference being a two leg Final. Boca will become the most storied Club inCopa Libertadoreshistory with a win here, while Corinthians are competing for their first ever title. To give you an idea of the importance of this game, Boca played a reserve side in the league title match last week (and lost), just to rest players for this Final. The first leg will be played in the famed La Bombonera stadium in Argentina. It returns next Wednesday to Corinthians home stadium, who earned the right to host the Final match by having the best record in the tournament.
In MLS we have a couple midweek fixtures with the bulk of the matches falling on Saturday. Our Colorado Rapids face a tough test against the visitingPortland Timbers Saturday night. The Rapids find themselves desperate for a win, as this would be their third loss in a row to a Western Conference opponent. They have home field advantage, and we are encouraging all fans of theteam to rally and attend. The Bulldog Supporters Group is hosting a huge tailgate, and will be running buses from the Pub up to the match (reservations can be made here
Saturday morning the USWNT tunes up for the Olympics with an International Friendly againstCanada. It is almost time for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the U.S. Womens team is ouronly hope for a soccer title.
On the Horizon
It will be a Red, White, and Burgundy week with the Rapids holding their traditional Fourth of July extravaganza Wednesday night, again the BSG will be hosting a tailgate/bus trip for this big clash againstVancouver.
This Weeks Football
Wednesday June 27th
Portugal v Spain 12:45pm (European Championship Semifinal)
Montreal v Toronto 5:30pm (MLS)
Boca Jrs v Corinthians 6:50pm (Copa Libertadores Final Leg 1)
Thursday June 28th
Germany v Italy 12:45pm (European Championship Semifinal)
Friday June 29th
Sporting K.C. v Chicago 6pm (MLS)
Saturday June 30th
USWNT v Canada 12pm (International Friendly)
Toronto v New York 5pm (MLS)
D.C. United v Montreal 5:30pm (MLS)
New England v Seattle 5:30pm (MLS)
Columbus v Salt Lake 6pm (MLS)
Houston v Philadelphia 6:30pm (MLS)
Colorado v Portland7pm (MLS)
San Jose v L.A. Galaxy 8pm (MLS)
Sunday July 1st
2012 European Championship Final 12:45pm (EURO 2012)
European Championship 2012:Its down to the Semifinals and Finals, and four great teams remain. Get in early as the vast majority of tables are first come first serve. We have also made the addition of a private VIP lounge that is available for up to 25 people (contact Jon for more details). We will be adding brand new televisions and tables to other areas of the Pub to help optimize every ones viewing experience for this massive event. The Lions will be running beer specials throughout the tournament, and will feature every match live with volume. Be sure to join us for what promises to be an incredible month of World Football!
Formula 1: Sunday July 8th the F1 series returns with the British Grand Prix live from Silverstone.
Scarf Wall: I am currently collecting soccer scarves from around the world for the Three Lions scarf wall. If you have any old football scarves that are just sitting in a drawer, and you would like to see them displayed in the Pub, please bring them down. (Thank you to all of the folks that have already contributed!)

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