European Football: 6 Intriguing Matches This Weekend
With the Spanish La Liga getting set to kickoff and Germany and England resuming normal procedure after the European break, us football fans in the US are getting back into the groove of waking up early on the weekends to watch our favorite teams do battle overseas.
I'm about to suggest to you six clashes around Europe's biggest leagues that should be worth your 90-something minutes on the television (or however you watch your matches).
1. Kaiserslautern vs. FC Bayern Munich
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August 27th, 9:30 a.m. EST
The last time these two teams met, Bayern's faces were in the same picture. They were shocked at Kaiserslautern 3-1 last season in a match where Bayern looked like a team in trouble.
Look for Bayern to exact their revenge this time, or at least try to. Kaiserslautern is a tough team to beat at home.
2. Bayer Leverkusen vs. Borussia Dortmund
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August 27th, 12:30 p.m. EST
The Bundesliga champions going on the road to face the runners-up of last season.
Always a mouth-watering matchup.
Leverkusen have Stefan Kiessling and Andre Schurrle on their side, two German youngsters who have a great knack for the goal, while Borussia Dortmund boasts the likes of Mario Gotze and Kevin Grosskreutz, two players who led the attack for the German champions last season.
Look for an exciting game on hand at the BayArena in Leverkusen.
3. Tottenham vs. Manchester City
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August 28th, 8:30 a.m. EST
This could be the debut of Samir Nasri in a sky blue shirt against a rival of his former club, Arsenal. With so much talent in the Manchester City squad, one could only ask himself, where do they all fit in?
That's a good question, and a good reason to watch City play—to see the mixture of talent and skill between all these players such as Nasri, Silva, Aguero and the other big money signings.
Don't forget Tottenham, though, they have the Welshman Gareth Bale, who is unpredictable with his play. You just never know with Tottenham.
Should be a cracker of a match.
4. Manchester United vs. Arsenal
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August 28th, 11 a.m. EST
Sir Alex Ferguson faces off against Arsene Wenger for the umpteenth time.
Manchester United, the current champions of England, face a young, depleted Arsenal squad who've lost their captain, Cesc Fabregas, and another great in Samir Nasri just in time for the clash at the Theater of Dreams, Old Trafford.
Drama will unfold as it usually does with these two sides.
5. Lille vs. Marseille
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August 28th, 3 p.m. EST
The surprise champions of last season Ligue 1 (Lille) face a team who was battling them for the league title (Marseille).
Great, young talent on display for both sides in the names of Mathieu Valbuena and Eden Hazard (unless he gets signed by Arsenal). Two great clubs in the French game going at it is always a great viewing option, especially if you want to gain an interest in French football.
Expect a high-scoring game as well.
6. FC Barcelona vs. Villareal
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August 29th, 3 p.m. EST
Even though this is a Monday afternoon game, everyone loves watching Messi and Co.
Fresh off of a UEFA Super Cup victory over Porto, the Spanish champions start their title defense against a formidable opponent in Villareal.
There's always enough praise on Barcelona's squad, but there's one man that makes things click on Villareal's squad: Giuseppe Rossi. If he has a great game, Villareal will have a chance.
Then again, if Barcelona has a great game, no team has a chance.