England’s away match today against Croatia is massive for several reasons. First, a loss against Croatia will be a huge blow to England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. Second, a loss would put immense pressure under Fabio Capello. Third, if England can secure a draw or a win, it’ll be a huge boost of confidence to a team and a nation that haven’t had much to cheer about in so long.
The irony is that most football fans in England and the United States won’t be able to see the big match live unless they’re willing to fork over some sizeable cash to Setanta Sports or In Demand.
Here are some of today’s matches to enjoy:
- Russia vs Wales, 11am ET/4pm UK (Fox Soccer Channel)
- Turkey vs Belgium, 2pm ET/7pm UK time (Setanta US)
- Macedonia vs Holland, 2:30pm ET/7:30pm UK time (Fox Soccer Channel)
- Croatia v England, 3pm ET/8pm UK time (Pay-per-view and Setanta pub channel)
- Italy vs Georgia, 2:45pm ET/7:45pm UK time (GolTV)
- Portugal vs Denmark, 4pm ET/9pm UK time (Setanta US)
- Spain vs Armenia, 4:50pm ET/9:50pm UK time (GolTV)
- Slovenia vs Slovakia, 5pm ET/10pm UK time (Fox Soccer Channel)
- France vs Serbia, 6:45pm ET/11:45pm UK time (Setanta US)
- USA v Trinidad & Tobago, 8pm ET/1am UK time (ESPN2)
- Uzbekistan v Australia, 8pm ET/1am UK time (Fox Soccer Channel)
- Finland v Germany, 8:45pm ET/1:45am UK time (Setanta US)
- Mexico v Canada, 9pm ET/2am ET UK time (Telemundo)
If you’ll be watching – or have watched – today’s matches, please share your thoughts, insight, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
Meanwhile, if you’re a fan of U.S. soccer, be sure to head on over to Major League Soccer Talk for a special live chat tonight at 8pm ET featuring the United States against Trinidad and Tobago.