World Football Update - Sep 18th 2012

Jon Forget
Sep 18th 2012

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Feature Matches
The Group Stages of the UEFA Champions League begin this afternoon, and the Lions will be featuring all the action. Our highlight match of the day pits Real Madrid v Manchester City, last years La Liga Champion versus last years EPL winner. These two sides find themselves in the "group of death", also having to face German Champions Borussia Dortmund and storied Dutch side Ajax. Madrid, despite winning the Spanish Super Cup, are off to a very poor start in the 2012/13 La Liga campaign. The pressure will be on for a result at home against a stacked Man City side. Coach Mourinho called out his team after another dismal performance on the weekend, which could either light a fire in the side, or serve to pull them further apart. This game could have a massive impact on Madrids mentality moving forward, and a win would set them up for group stage success. City are also keenly aware that a result here would be a major boost towards their quest for the round of sixteen. Both Clubs break the bank when it comes to buying players, and there may well be over a billion dollars of talent on the pitch when this one kicks off. In our other feature match of the day, Arsenal face French Champions Montpellier. The Gunners are off to a great start in the EPL, having conceded only one goal in four matches, and scoring six in their most recent match on the weekend. Montpellier has confidence, especially at home, so the Gunners will be relying on that bit of "steel" in the back to carry them on the day. Other big Clubs in action today include AC Milan, Schalke 04, Paris St. Germain, andPorto.
Wednesday is another massive day in World Football, with UEFA Champions League, CONCACAF Champions League, MLS, and International Friendlies (including one right in our own backyard). The highlight match of the day in Champions League has last years defending Champion Chelsea taking on Serie A Champions Juventus. The Blues are at home, and coming off a disappointing draw against QPR, so expect them to come out with guns ablazing. New starlet Eden Hazard has yet to play for the Blues in the Champions League, and he will be eager to prove himself on the big stage.Manchester United kick off their Champions League campaign at home against Turkish Champions Galatasaray, and Barcelona face Spartak Moscow at the Camp Nou. Other sides in action includeCeltic, Sporting Braga, Lille, and Benfica. The evening brings us two MLS matches, and two CONCACAF Champions League fixtures, with the Galaxy and theSounders playing in the group stages. In addition a mostly domestic (and young) Brazil side takes on a mostly domestic (and young) Argentinian side in an International Friendly. To finish a great day of football, the USWNT are playing right here in Colorado to a sold out Dicks Sporting Goods Park! Those of you that did not get tickets can watch the match live at Three Lions (with volume on the balcony), as our Gold Medal Womens team takes onAustralia kicking off at 8pm. (If you are interested in attending the Bulldog Supporters Group may still have tickets )
Thursday and Friday the Pub will feature Europa League, MLS, CCL, England Championship, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1. Check the schedule for games and start times. We have a great line up of football on the weekend, with a Super Sunday to look forward to at the Lions! The action starts early Saturday morning (5:45am), with Swansea taking on Everton. Both Clubs are off to a great start in the EPL, and this should be a great battle. Other EPL matches of note on Saturday include Chelsea v Stoke and West Brom v Reading.Barcelona look to continue their terrific start to the 2012/13 campaign, as they host Granada in the afternoon. MLS carries the rest of the day, with a huge Western Conference clash kicking off at 8pm. First and second in the West battle for supremacy, as San Jose takes on Seattle. Our Super Sunday starts early at the Lions, with four major matches on tap.Liverpool host Manchester United to start the day (6:30am), knowing full well a result here could instill loads of confidence in Brendan Rodgers side. A handful of our Friends from Three lions and the BSG are in Liverpool to celebrate a marriage, and they will be attending this huge match. Congrats Sarah and Christina, hope you and the rest of the folks that travelled have a terrific time! This match is followed by another huge clash betweenManchester City and Arsenal. City have proven to be very tough at home, and this will be a true test for a Gunners side teeming with confidence and belief. These two matches make for a great morning of World Football. Later in the day our Colorado Rapids take on Western Conference foes Vancouver (5:30pm), as they cling to the hopes that a result here would give them a sliver of a chance at the post season. The Lions will be hosting an away game viewing party for this one, that falls directly into our afternoon Happy Hour. The match also follows the American version of the game (or pointy ended version), as the Broncos kick off at 2:15pm against the Texans. I suppose pointy ended football is exciting because you never know which way the balls going to bounce. :) Regardless it will be a fun afternoon and evening at the Lions, so join us to support our Denver teams!
On The Horizon
Next week we have the League Cup in England and CCL midweek, Arsenal face Chelsea and Tottenham face Manchester United in the EPL, the Colorado Rapids host the L.A. Galaxy on Sunday evening, and there is plenty of other action from around the globe!

This Weeks Football
Tuesday September 18th
Real Madrid v Manchester City 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League) Replays @ 3,7,& 9pm
Montpellier v Arsenal 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League) Replays @ 3,5, & 7pm
AC Milan v Anderlecht 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Borussia Dortmund v Ajax 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Olympiakos v Schalke 04 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Paris St. Germain v Dynamo Kiev 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Zagreb v Porto 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Malaga v Zenit 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Salt lake v Tauro 8pm (CONCACAF Champions League)
Wednesday September 19th
Manchester United v Galatasaray 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League) Replays @ 3, & 7pm
Chelsea v Juventus 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League) Replays @ 3, & 5pm
Barcelona v Spartak Moscow 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League) Replays @ 9pm
Celtic v Benfica 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Braga v Cluj 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Lille v Bate 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
New York v Sporting K.C. 5pm (MLS)
Columbus v Chivas 5:30pm (MLS)
Puerto Rico v L.A. Galaxy 6pm (CONCACAF Champions League)
USWNT v Australia 8pm (International Friendly)
Marathon v Seattle 8pm (CONCACAF Champions League)
Thursday September 20th
Young Boys v Liverpool 11am (Europa League)
Maritimo v Newcastle 11am (Europa League)
Tel Aviv v Atletico Madrid 11am (Europa League)
Tottenham v Lazio 1pm (Europa League)
Inter v Rubin K. 1pm (Europa League)
Fenerbahce v Marseille 3pm (Europa League)
Philadelphia v D.C. United 6pm (MLS)
Houston v FAS 6pm (CONCACAF Champions League)
Friday September 21st
Nurnberg v Eintracht Frankfurt 12:30pm (Bundesliga)
Blackburn v Middlesborough 12:45pm (Championship)
Montpellier v St. Etienne 12:45pm (Ligue 1)
Saturday September 22nd
Swansea v Everton 5:45am (EPL)
Hamburger v Borussia Dortmund 7:30am (Bundesliga)
Chelsea v Stoke 8am (EPL)
West Brom v Reading 8am (EPL)
Wigan v Fulham 10am (EPL Tape Delay)
Celta Vigo v Getafe 10am (La Liga)
Montreal v Sporting K.C. 11am (MLS)
West Ham v Sunderland 12pm (EPL Tape Delay)
Barcelona v Granada 2pm (La Liga)
New England v New York 5:30pm (MLS)
Salt Lake v Portland 6pm (MLS)
Chicago v Columbus 6:30pm (MLS)
L.A. Galaxy v Toronto 8:30pm (MLS)
Seattle v San Jose 8:30pm (MLS)
Sunday September 23rd
Liverpool v Manchester United 6:30am (EPL)
Manchester City v Arsenal 9am (EPL)
Tottenham v Queens Park Rangers 9am (EPL)
Atletico Madrid v Vallodolid 10am (La Liga)
Rayo Vallecano v Real Madrid 1:30pm (La Liga)
Philadelphia v Houston 2pm (MLS)
Denver v Texas 2:15pm (Pointy Ended)
Vancouver v Colorado5:30pm (MLS Away Game Viewing Party)
Monday September 24th
Deportivo La Coruna v Sevilla 1:30pm
The Great America SCORES Soccer Dribble: Want to be part of a Guinness World Record breaking attempt? Join America Scores Denver, and patrons of Three Lions, as we attempt to set a record for the most people simultaneously dribbling a football on Saturday September 29th at 3pm! This is not only gonna be fun, but it supports a great cause as well. Follow this link for more info:
Three Lions Fantasy Football League: Test your mettle against other football fanatics by playing the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League Fantasy Football Game. To join the Three Lions league go to , sign up, create your squad, and click on join league. The game will prompt you to enter a code to join our private league. The code is154057-45174. Playing fantasy Prem is a great way to learn about different teams and players in the Premiership, and after the initial set up only takes five or ten minutes each week to adjust your squad.
Formula 1: Sunday September 23rd the F1 series returns with the Singapore Grand Prix.
Scarf Wall: We are 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!)

You can see all the games at Denvers best two football bars:

British Bulldog Pub
2052 Stout Street

GM: Matthew Newman

Three Lions
2239 East Colfax Avenue

GM: Jon Forget