So whats the best team in Europe you may not know much about? Unless youre a fan of Serie A, that team could be Lazio.
The Roman club boasts some of the best young talent in Europe, with players such as Brazilian playmaker Hernanes (pictured above) leading Lazio into the race for the Scudetto. Currently second to AC Milan in Serie A, Lazio has a chance to pull even with the leaders with a win today against struggling Inter Milan.
This weekends soccer action features several intriguing match-ups in the English Premier League, including Clint Dempseys visit to the Emirates to take on Andrei Arshavin, and Tim Howard leading struggling Everton against equally struggling Chelsea. Then you have Stuart Holden and Bolton taking on Nigel DeJong and Manchester City (assuming Holden can pass a fitness test on a nagging thigh injury).
If youd like to get a glimpse of the future of American Soccer this will be a good weekend. The U.S. Under-17 national team plays two games this weekend, including tonights match-up against Brazil.
Here is a rundown of This Weekends Soccer on TV, as well as SBIs Top Ten Matches to Watch:
SBIs TOP TEN MATCHES TO WATCH
1. Lazio vs. Inter Milan. Lazio can pull even with a win against Inter, while Rafa Benitezs men desperately need a win to still stay within striking distance of AC Milan.
2. Villarreal vs. Sevilla. Red-hot Giuseppe Rossi and the Yellow Submarine take the field in what should be an entertaining La Liga battle.
3. Arsenal vs. Fulham. Clint Dempsey is carrying Fulham, but that job will be even tougher at the Emirates.
4. Manchester City vs. Bolton. If Stuart Holden is healthy and can start, well finally get that Holden-Nigel DeJong reunion.
5. Real Madrid vs. Valencia. How will Real Madrid react after that ugly loss to Barcelona?
6. U.S. U-17 vs. Brazil. The future of American soccer is on display, you know you want to watch.
7. Chelsea vs. Everton. Can Tim Howard put together one of his trademark amazing performances at Stamford Bridge?
8. Monterrey vs. Santos Laguna. The second leg of the Mexican League Final should be an exciting affair.
9. Saint Etienne vs. Bordeaux. Carlos Bocanegra leads surprising Saint Etienne against talented but underperforming Bordeaux.
10. U.S. Under-17 vs. Turkey. Another chance to see the best young talent at the beginning of the U.S. national team pipeline.
THIS WEEKENDS SOCCER ON TV
2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Lazio vs. Inter Milan
4pm- ESPN2- Notre Dame vs. Ohio State (NCAA Womens Soccer)
6:30pm- ESPNU- Stanford vs. Boston College
7pm- Fox Soccer Channel- USA Under-17 national team vs. Brazil
7:45am- Fox Soccer Channel- Ipswich Town vs. Swansea City
9:30am- GolTV- Eintracht Frankfurt vs. FSV Mainz 05
10am- Fox Soccer Channel- Arsenal vs. Fulham
10am- ESPN2- Chelsea vs. Everton
10am- Fox Soccer Plus- Manchester City vs. Bolton
Noon- GolTV- Levante vs. Atletico Madrid
Noon- Fox Soccer Plus- Chievo Verona vs. AS Roma
12:30pm- ESPN3.com- Schalke 04 vs. Bayern Munich
1:45pm- ESPN3.com- PSV Eindhoven vs. Heracles
2pm- ESPN3.com- Osasuna vs. Barcelona
2pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackburn vs. Wolverhampton (Delayed)
2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- AC Milan vs. Brescia
4pm- GolTV- Real Madrid vs. Valencia
5pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Birmingham vs. Tottenham (Delayed)
6:15pm- GolTV- Atletico Huila vs. Santa Fe
8pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Milwall vs. Scunthorpe United
11pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Wellington Phoenix vs. Adelaide United
9am- Fox Soccer Channel- Fiorentina vs. Cagliari
9am- ESPN3.com- Parma vs. Udinese
10:30am- Fox Soccer Plus- Wigan Athletic vs. Stoke City (Delayed)
11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Sunderland vs. West Ham United
11am- DirecTV- Getafe vs. Mallorca
11am- ESPN3.com- Almeria vs. Real Zaragoza
11am- GolTV- Espanyol vs. Sporting Gijon
11:30am- ESPN3.com- Nuremburg vs. Borussia Dortmund
12:30pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Doncaster Rovers vs. Barnsley (Delayed)
1pm- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com- Villarreal vs. Sevilla
2pm- GolTV- Fluminense vs. Guarani de Campinas
2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Catania vs. Juventus
3pm- DirecTV- Real Sociedad vs. Athletic Bilbao
3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Saint Etienne vs. Bordeaux
4pm- GolTV- Bayer Leverkusen vs. FC Cologne
7pm- Fox Soccer Channel- USA Under-17 national team vs. Turkey
7pm- Telemundo- Monterrey vs. Santos Laguna
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