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Champions League schedule for US TV and streaming for December 11-12, 2018

If there ever was a song to capture the mood of this week’s Champions League games, it would most certainly be Europe’s Final Countdown. For fans of soccer in the United States, all of the final games in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage will be shown on television and/or streaming. And with so many games on the line, not all of them can be televised since the matches kick off at the same time. Liverpool fans, especially, will be disappointed to find out that their game isn’t on English-language television yet again, but it will be available in Spanish ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for November 27-December 2, 2018

The fifth round of the UEFA Champions League Group Stage saw a 20% drop in viewership from the previous round, averaging just 489,750 viewers per match window on TNT and the networks of Univision. Matches in the 3-5 PM ET window dropped 22% from 948,000 viewers in Round 4 to 743,500 in Round 5. Overall, the UEFA Champions League Group Stage is averaging 919,000 viewers in the 3-5 PM ET window through the first five Rounds in 2018. Impressively, though, the Champions League game featuring Paris-Saint Germain against Liverpool averaged 450,000 viewers on Spanish-language television, which will help promote PSG ... Read more

USSF continues string of mistakes with Gregg Berhalter hiring

On October 10, 2017, the US Men’s National Team lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 on the darkest day in American soccer history, thus failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. It capped off what had been, for the most part, a miserable four year qualifying cycle. It saw the US finish 4th at the 2015 Gold Cup and then lose the ensuing CONCACAF Cup to arch-rival Mexico (thus failing to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup). It saw a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Argentina in the Copa America Centenario. It saw ... Read more

Stop retirement talk, Rummenigge tells Coman

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Kingsley Coman to stop all talk of retiring from “aggressive” modern-day football and focus on returning to the fray with his morale intact. Injury-plagued Coman, who has started only three Champions League games for Bayern since joining the club in 2016, said in a recent television interview that back-to-back injuries had left him pondering his future in the game. Rummenigge, speaking before Bayern’s trip to Amsterdam where they will face Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday, said it was unthinkable for the 22-year-old Frenchman to be considering quitting. “I ... Read more

Iceman Hallgrimsson ‘surprised’ by move to Qatari hotseat

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Doha (AFP) – Former Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson said Qatar “was the place to be” as he was officially unveiled as the coach of club side Al-Arabi in Doha on Tuesday. It is Hallgrimsson’s first job since leaving the Iceland post and guiding his country to their first World Cup finals earlier this year, and he admitted even he was “surprised” to end up in the Gulf. He said he had been in talks with German and Major League Soccer sides — Stuttgart and Vancouver Whitecaps — before being approached by Al-Arabi, but had no regrets about choosing a team ... Read more

Liverpool and Manchester United rivalry continues to ebb and flow

As the two most successful clubs in English football it is inevitable that Liverpool and Manchester United regularly find themselves at loggerheads with each other. The two cities have rarely been on the same page, both in sport and culturally, and it is a rivalry that shows no signs of abating any time soon. The emergence of Bill Shankly’s side back in the 1960s challenged the usual order of things and although United hit back with their European Cup triumph in 1968, it was Liverpool who went on to dominate. They won 12 league titles between 1973 and 1990, while ... Read more

Bayern without injured Robben for Ajax clash

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Veteran Dutch winger Arjen Robben will play no part in Bayern Munich’s Champions League clash at Ajax due to an ongoing knee injury, the Bundesliga giants said Tuesday. Robben, 34, has been out injured since scoring twice in a 5-1 win over group rivals Benfica last month and has yet to fully recover. Robben, who scored Bayern’s winning goal against Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final, confirmed in Monday’s edition of magazine Kicker that he will quit the Bavarian giants at the end of the season. Bayern, who sit top of Group E on 13 ... Read more

Bahrain footballer to remain in detention: Thai court

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Bangkok (AFP) – A former Bahrain national footballer with Australian refugee status must remain in detention, a Thai court¬†ordered Tuesday, as campaigners feared he could be “tortured” if extradited to the Gulf state. Hakeem Alaraibi says he was arrested and beaten at the start of the Arab Spring protests in Bahrain in 2012, and was granted refugee status in Australia five years later.¬† The 25-year-old, who now plays for semi-professional club Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne, was stopped by Thai immigration on November 27 after arriving in Bangkok for a vacation with his wife and held on an extradition request. ... Read more

Where to find Red Star Belgrade vs. PSG on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Red Star Belgrade vs. PSG in the UEFA Champions League, you’ve come to the right place. Turner and Univision’s coverage of the UEFA club competitions continues Tuesday with their broadcast of Red Star Belgrade vs. PSG. FOX Sports no longer has the rights, but unfortunately Turner has elected to show Barcelona-Spurs instead, so if you want to watch the game in English, you can stream it on B/R Live or you can watch it live on television via Galavision (see more details below). Napoli currently top the group and need ... Read more

Where to find Liverpool vs. Napoli on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Liverpool vs. Napoli in the UEFA Champions League, you’ve come to the right place. Turner and Univision’s coverage of the UEFA club competitions continues Tuesday with their broadcast of Liverpool vs. Napoli. FOX Sports no longer has the rights, but unfortunately Turner has elected to show Barcelona-Spurs instead, so if you want to watch the game in English, you can stream it on B/R Live or you can watch it live on television via Univision and Univision Deportes Network (see more details below). Match: Liverpool vs. Napoli Kickoff: Tuesday, 3pm ... Read more

Winners and losers as buoyant Bayern head to Ajax for showdown

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Berlin (AFP) – Resurgent Bayern Munich head to Ajax for Wednesday’s Champions League group showdown with clear winners and losers among the star-studded squad after Niko Kovac’s decision to end rotation. “We want to keep going,” said Leon Goretzka, now a firm fixture in central midfield alongside Joshua Kimmich with Bayern having won their last three games after Saturday’s 3-0 league home win over Nuremberg. “Now we travel to Amsterdam and want to finish first in the group – that’s important for us.” Bayern need just a point at Ajax’s Johan Cruyff Arena to win Group E with the Bavarian ... Read more