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UEFA Champions League Gameweek 1, Wednesday: Open Thread

uefa champions league UEFA Champions League Gameweek 1, Wednesday: Open Thread

It’s going to be almost impossible for today’s UEFA Champions League matches to conjure up some of the incredible goals we witnessed yesterday during the Champions League matches, but I’m sure the 16 teams participating today will give it a shot.

For viewers in the United States, here’s today’s TV and Internet schedule of all of the live games (all times Eastern):

Schalke vs Steaua Bucharest, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
AC Milan vs Celtic, 2:45pm, FSN and FOX Soccer 2Go
Barcelona vs Ajax, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Atletico Madrid vs Zenit St Petersburg, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Austria Vienna vs Porto, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Chelsea vs FC Basel, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Marseille vs Arsenal, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
Napoli vs Borussia Dortmund, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go

In team news, here are the starting lineups for many of the teams playing today:

Dortmund: Weidenfeller – Großkreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer – Bender, Sahin – Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus – Lewandowski

Arsenal: Szczęsny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Wilshere; Walcott, Özil, Ramsey; Giroud.

Celtic: Forster; Lustig, Van Dijk, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Matthews, Brown, Mulgrew, Samaras; Commons, Stokes

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Cahill; Van Ginkel, Lampard, Oscar; Hazard, Eto’o, Willian

FC Basel: Sommer; Voser, Schär, Ivanov, Safari; Frei, Salah, Diaz, Stocker, Sio, Streller

Ajax: Vermeer; Van Rhijn, Moisander, Poulsen, Duarte, Sigthorsson, De Jong, Bojan, Boilesen, Blind and Denswil

Barcelona: Valdés, Dani Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Sergio, Fàbregas, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi and Neymar

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation with other soccer fans from around the globe in the comments section below.

Photo credit: 8-bit Football.


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