World Football Update

Jon Forget
May 21st 2014

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Feature Matches
Anticipation is building for the 2013/14 Champions League Final this Saturday afternoon, with Real Madrid set to face Atletico Madrid!  This will be the first time in the history of the European Cup that two teams from the same city will face each other in the Final.  If Real win they will be the first side to reach double digits in European Cup wins, as this would be their tenth title.  Atletico beat Real in the Copa Del Rey Final last year, erasing thirteen years of misery against their crosstown rivals.  They have had the edge since that time, losing only two of their last six encounters against Real.  Atletico's Manager, Diego Simeone, has accomplished more with less resources than any other European manager this year.  On the other side Carlo Ancelotti has guided Real to the Final in fine style, and has produced a side with a truly fearsome counterpunching attack.  It would be heart wrenching for Real to have the chance at their tenth title, Les Decima, erased by Simeone and Atleti, yet all the more glorious to win against their rivals!  The question remains, what does Atletico have left in the tank after the exultation of winning the La Liga title last week? Expect an intense match, fueled by this great rivalry!
Earlier Saturday morning, five hours before the kick off of the Champions League Final, there is another match of great importance, the Championship Playoff Final.  The winner of this match, to be played at Wembley Stadium, earns a promotion to the Premiership for the 2014/15 season!  The Final pits Queens Park Rangers against Derby County, with an 8am kickoff.  Described as the most expensive game in World Football, due to the amount of money on the line for promotion, every inch of this match will be contested.  Adding a bit of drama to the proceedings, Managers Steve Mclaren (Derby) and Harry Redknapp (QPR) worked together earlier in the season.  Despite their desire to advance to the Prem, these two Gents consider themselves close friends, and at the end of the day there will be much respect!
To finish a tremendous day of football, our Colorado Rapids return home to face the Montreal Impact at DSG!  Buses will be departing from the Pub shortly after the conclusion of the Champions League Final, giving World Football fans a chance to get out and support our hometown Club.  The Rapids have had a string of poor results, putting greater emphasis on earning three points here at home against Montreal!
Other upcoming events at Three Lions include a viewing party for the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco Sunday morning (6am).  Next week (Thurs. May 29th 5:30pm-7pm) we are hosting a Happy Hour tasting (Prost Brewing, Patron, and Crabbies Ginger Beer), and ticketing launch for the World Football in film Festival (June 5th-8th)
On the Horizon
Next week at the Lions we feature a spate of International Friendlies, as teams prepare for the kick off of the 2014 World Cup! The USMNT have two warm up friendlies, as they face Azerbaijan Tuesday evening, and Turkey Sunday afternoon!  Our Colorado Rapids are at home on Sunday evening against the Houston Dynamo, and buses will depart from the Pub directly following the USA v Turkey Friendly!
This Week's Football
Wednesday May 21st
D.C. United v Houston 5pm (MLS)
L.A. Galaxy v Dallas 8:30pm (MLS)
Thursday May 22nd
Friday May 23rd
Sporting K.C. v Toronto 6:30pm (MLS)
Sat May 24th
Queens Park Rangers v Derby County 8am (Championship Playoff Final)
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid 12:45pm (Champions League Final)
Vancouver v Seattle 5pm (MLS)
New York v Portland 5pm (MLS)
Columbus v Chicago 5:30pm (MLS)
New England v D.C. United 5:30pm (MLS)
Colorado v Montreal 7pm (MLS Home Game)
Salt Lake v Dallas 7:30pm (MLS)
Sunday May 25th
Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix 5:30am (F1)
Ireland v Turkey 11am (International Friendly)
Los Angeles v Philadelphia 6pm (MLS)/div>
San Jose v Houston 8:30pm (MLS)
World Football in Film Festival June 5th-8th:  The Three Lions, in conjunction with Denver Film Society, America SCORES Denver, and Soccer Electric present a four day film festival celebrating the World's game.  From our opening night "Black Cleat Affair" , to a special (post Rapids match) Saturday night viewing of the legendary football film Victory, the WFFF has something for every fan of the game.  The festival will be held at the DenverFilm Society's Sie Film Center, which is right down the street from Three Lions.   Tickets are on sale, and are available on the DFS website:
World Cup Football Pool:  Just a few weeks till the 2014 World Cup! We have our favorite to win it all. Do you?  Well then make your picks with our online pool for a chance to win some terrific soccer prizes and to support a great 501(c)3 non profit: America SCORES Denver.  Be sure to make a small donation ($20 recommended) in support of this great organization!

To play click this link  America SCORES Denver Fútbol Bracket Challenge  or copy and paste the following web address:
C38 Supporters:  If standing and singing in support of your Club is a way of life to you, then check out the Rapid's Cenntennial 38 Supporters Group! C38 proudly runs buses to every Rapids home match, reservations can be made at their website.
Colorado Rapids v Montreal Impact: Our super Matchday Express will get you to the game quickly, efficiently & with a beer in your hand for only $10 ($12 on the day). Departures leave the Three Lions (4.50pm & 6.15pm) & the British Buldlog (5.05pm & 6pm). If you need a ticket, South Stands Section 117 gives you a great view of the game from high up behind the goal from only $20. And remember, if the Rapids lose you can always blame Canada... Details & reservations:
USA v Azerbaijan: The 1st World Cup tune-up game is this time next week & American Outlaws will be throwing two huge warm up parties at the Bulldog & the Three Lions. Kick-off is at 8pm however we recomend you get there at least an hour before to secure a spot. Details:
Supporters Email Lists: To receive emails from American Outlaws (US National Team), Colorado Supporters & other local team supporters groups, please go to  If you have registered before, the system should bring up your account details automatically.
You can see all the games at Denver's best two football bars:
Three Lions
2239 East Colfax Ave

GM: Jon Forget
British Bulldog Pub
2052 Stout St

GM: Ian Forget