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Bayern Munich vs Dortmund, Valencia vs AC Milan and Ajax vs AZ Alkmaar: Open Thread

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Saturday afternoons of European soccer make a return to our airwaves today with three meaningful matches on deck.

Six top European teams compete today in three separate tournaments. At 2pm ET, Valencia plays AC Milan live on FOX Soccer (and ESPN Deportes and in the opening game of the 2013 International Champions Cup.

Thirty minutes later, GolTV is televising the 2013 German Supercup at 2:30pm ET between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

And last but not least, while there’s no TV coverage scheduled for the United States, another important match is kicking off at 2pm ET today. That’s the Dutch Super Cup between Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.

On top of all that, Real Madrid plays Paris Saint-Germain in a friendly that kicks off at 2pm ET on US TV on beIN SPORT.

For the Dutch Super Cup game, which is the traditional start to the new Dutch football season, Ajax will play AZ Alkmaar at Amsterdam Arena. Ajax manager Frank De Boer has so far been able to hold on to his prized assets Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld, both of whom should feature in today’s match, while Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic may feature after being loaned out to Ajax.

In the International Champions Cup, today’s match between Valencia and AC Milan is the only match of the 12-game tournament that will be played outside of the United States. The winner of today’s match between Valencia and AC Milan will play the winner of Chelsea against Inter Milan. The possibility of a Milan derby, or a Chelsea versus Inter Milan match, is mouthwatering. That game will be played on March 8 in New York City.

The first piece of silverware in Germany is up for grabs today as Bayern Munich plays Borussia Dortmund in the German Supercup. The match, which will be played at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park, features the winner of the 2013 Bundesliga season against the winner of the DFB-Pokal.

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with other soccer fans from around the world who are following the same matches.

And which match do you plan on watching? Vote in the poll below.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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7 Responses to Bayern Munich vs Dortmund, Valencia vs AC Milan and Ajax vs AZ Alkmaar: Open Thread

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    The atmosphere at Dortmund’s stadium looks fantastic. A sold-out stadium in preparation for Klopp vs Guardiola. It should be a classic!

  2. Marc L says:

    Atmosphere for Valencia/Milan is quite otherwise.

    These fans should perk up though. They saw a rare goal from Robinho. Of course two minutes later he is lying prone at the midfield stripe and to all appearances critically injured.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      It’s textbook Robinho. He misses a penalty kick with a poorly taken shot, and then scores a trademark Robinho goal into the corner of the net.

      Not a large crowd at the Mestalla, but the fans are pretty vocal.

  3. Marc L says:

    Whoa, NDJ for one. Still miss that guy.

    Yeah you’re right Gaffer. These fans are pretty vocal for their relatively small numbers.

    Need to throw on GOL now and see how it’s really done as far as fans go.

  4. Christopher Harris says:

    What’s the deal with the 15-minute water breaks during the German Supercup? Is this a new policy that the Bundesliga is implementing in the summer months?

  5. Matt says:

    Usually when games are played in 30 degree+ heat the referees will allow a water break usually 25-30 minutes in each half. I’ve seen it done a lot in these Champions League/Europa League qualifiers which are played in July/August. I doubt its an official rule though, because I’ve never seen it done at a World Cup or European Championship.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      It’s the first time I’ve ever seen it happen. As long as it helps the players, which it seem to do because the game was very entertaining, it’s a win-win.

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