This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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The match millions of soccer fans around the world have spent months waiting for is finally here. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, otherwise known as 'El Clasico', is finally here and two of the best and most expensive collections of soccer talent in the world are set to do battle.

In one corner you have Barcelona and the attacking quintet of Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Thierry Hand-ry. In the other corner, you have world record transfer Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain and Iker Casillas. Those stars will be battling for first place in La Liga, along with the early edge in the battle for best team in Spain.

If you're more of an EPL fan then this weekend is also fun for you as well, with three high-quality battles. You've got the London Derby between Arsenal and Chelsea, the Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool, as well as the battle of EPL surprises when Aston Villa faces Tottenham.

Those are just some of the quality matches you will be able to watch on TV this weekend. Here is a rundown of SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch, as well a full schedule of the weekend's matches on TV. Enjoy:

SBI Top Ten Matches to Watch

1. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. The showdown we've all been waiting for since Real Madrid spent a bazillion dollars on a new team. The star power will be unmatched and first place in La Liga will be on the line.

2. Arsenal vs. Chelsea. This London Derby features two teams playing excellent soccer in recent weeks. If Arsenal has title hopes, it needs to win this one.

3. Everton vs. Liverpool. The Merseyside Derby doesn't need any more subplots, but with Liverpool's struggles, and Rafa Benitez's tenuous job status, this edition could be even more dramatic than usual.

4. Inter Milan vs. Fiorentina. Inter is poised to run away with Serie A, but Fiorentina can keep Jose Mourinho's men in striking distance while moving closer to a Champions League place with a win. Nevermind the fact that Inter has never lost at home under Mourinho.

5. Aston Villa vs. Tottenham. Scoring nine goals was amazing, but Tottenham will find it slightly tougher going at Villa Park against Brad Friedel and Co. Expect an exciting display of attacking soccer.

6. Genoa vs. Sampdoria. Genoa got off to a disappointing start to the season, but a win against surprising Sampdoria can pull the club back into the Champions League pack in Serie A.

7. Manchester City vs. Hull City. Jozy Altidore has become a regular starter for Hull and has played well lately. Can he keep it going against the City tandem of Kolo Toure and Jolean Lescott?

8. Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Schalke 04. This would have been the battle of Michael Bradley against Jermaine Jones if Jones weren't still recovering from ankle surgery. As it stands, Bradley's Moenchengladbach will look to push its unbeaten streak to five with a win or draw against a strong Schalke side.

9. Corinthians vs. Flamengo. Remember when Adriano and Ronaldo were key cogs in Brazil's unstoppable attack? Well, both have fallen off, but they are still scoring goals in Brazil, making this a good match for fans (and MLS scouts) to be watching.

10. Toluca vs. San Luis. Michael Orozco is the last American standing in the Mexican playoffs and his San Luis side will look to complete the series upset with a win or draw against a strong Toluca squad.

This Weekend's Soccer TV Schedule


10am– ESPN2- Portsmouth vs. Manchester United

10am– Setanta USA- Manchester City vs. Hull City

10am– FSC- West Ham vs. Burnley

Noon– Udinese vs. Livorno

Noon– Setanta USA- Carlisle vs. Norwich

12:30pm-FSC-  Aston Villa vs. Tottenham

12:30pm– GolTV- Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Schalke 04

12:30pm– ESPN Deportes- AZ Alkmaar VVV Venlo

2pm– ESPN Deportes/ Valencia vs. Mallorca

2:45pm– FSC/RAI- Genoa vs. Sampdoria

3pm– Setanta USA- Lens vs. Olympique Marseille

4pm– GolTV- Sevilla vs. Malaga

4pm– ESPN Deportes- Sparta Rotterdam vs. PSV Eindhoven

5pm– Setanta USA- Fulham vs. Bolton (Delayed)

5pm– FSC- Udinese vs. Livorno (Delayed)

6pm– Azteca America- Cruz Azul vs. Puebla

6:30pm– GolTV- Junior vs. Pereira

7pm– FSC- Wigan vs. Sunderland (Delayed)

8:15pm– GolTV- Deportivo Tolima vs. Atletico Huila

8:30pm– Setanta USA- Blackburn vs. Stoke City (Delayed)

10pm– Telefutura- Club America vs. Monterrey

2am– FSC- Sydney FC vs. Newcastle Jets


5:45pm– Setanta USA- Kuban vs. Rubin Kazan

6:30am– Vitesse Arnhem vs. Ajax Amsterdam

8:30am– Setanta USA- Everton vs. Liverpool

9am– FSC- Inter Milan vs. Fiorentina

9am– Cagliari vs. Juventus

11am– FSC/FSE- Arsenal vs. Chelsea

11:15am– Setanta USA- Kettering vs. Leeds United

1pm– GolTV/ESPN Deportes/ Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

1pm– Telemuno- Toluca vs. San Luis

2:45pm– FSC/FSE/RAI- Catania vs. AC Milan

3pm– Atletico Madrid vs. Espanyol

3pm– Setanta USA- Olympique Lyon vs. Stade Rennes

4pm– GolTV- Corinthians vs. Flamengo (Delayed)

5pm– Azteca America- Morelia vs. Santos Laguna

6pm– Setanta USA- Everton vs. Liverpool (Delayed)

7pm– FSC- Wolves vs. Birmingham City


Which matches will you be watching this weekend? Who do you see winning the Barcelona-Real Madrid clash?

Share your thoughts below.

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28 Responses to This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

  1. Why is Fulham on Setanta? They must have figured out that a lot of USA fans want to watch Dempsey play so they put them on a pay channel :-(

  2. jig says:

    pumped that el clasico will be on 360. hopefully we will get the best out of zlatan and messi, as both have been struggling with fitness (and arguably, form) of late.

  3. nico says:

    According to ESPN website, they are showing Atletico-Espanyol game on ESPN2. Is this still accurate?
    List above only has it on espn360.

  4. metromachine! says:

    i agree. super lame.

  5. The Atomizer says:

    Thanks for doing this every week—much easier to find the listings of games all in one place here.

  6. Joe says:

    my cable box has it on espn2

  7. Jay-Z says:

    i c wut u did thar

  8. BFT says:

    Thierry Hand-ry? You can do better than that Ives.

    (SBI-Sorry there comedy genius. I’ll try better next time.)

  9. Danny says:

    Ives, I don’t understand how the huge match in Portugal tomorrow doesn’t make your top 10…SPORTING CP-SL BENFICA is one of the top 10 local derbys in all of soccer…You better fix that list of yours because this game is easily better than the ones you have listed after Inter-Fiorentina

    (SBI- Danny, the Sporting-Benfica match wasn’t showing on any American TV that I could find, and in case you hadn’t noticed, each match in the Top 10 is a match on TV.)

  10. Jdavids says:

    Lesson learned: Don’t smart off to the SBI jefe.

  11. Isaac says:

    True statement.

  12. madmax says:

    I’ll be watching Arsenal/Chelsea, Barcelona/Madrid, a nice 4 hour Sunday group.

    Arsenal will need to show they can hang with a tough, physical, top quality side. More important than the result can they play against a physical side.

    If Kaka’ doesn’t improve from the Zurich match, I don’t see them getting a result. He is not connecting with his team mates.

  13. Carl says:

    What a great thanksgiving weekend!

  14. Danny says:

    Actually the game will be on American TV Ives, Channel SPT and RTP my friend

  15. ahm says:

    does anyone know what the hell is going on with mo edu? i read an article from some scottish paper saying he was due back in two weeks, and i read the article two months ago. what’s the deal?

  16. Freddy says:

    Anybody find it weird that a Treble winning goalkeeper like Valdés can’t get capped for his country (Catalonia doesn’t count)? I know Casillas is the man right now, but not one cap, COME ON!

  17. Katatonia says:

    Jim Conrad for MLS Commissioner now.

    link to

  18. Kevin says:

    Pompey on ESPN2 Saturday? Crap, I hate that damn bell.

  19. CrispyST3 says:

    He is insane, with the whole MLS1 and MLS2 business……

  20. BFT says:

    If you watch enough Barca games, you will see that Valdes is really an average keeper. He is often shaky on crosses and doesn’t command his area very well. It’s tough to notice because the team in front of him keeps the ball so well and attacks relentlessly.

  21. Green76 says:

    No MLS! How sad. It was a great season, except for the Galaxy loss in the MLS Cup, and I can’t wait until next year. I guess I’ll have to settle for Barcelona vs Real Madrid and Arsenal vs Chelsea.

  22. Beckster says:

    Spector back in the starting lineup for the Hammers.

  23. Jorge says:


    You so right about Valdes. At one point, Barca fans were asking for his head. They weren’t happy with his performance. But in all fairness, he’s has improved a bit.

  24. Freddy says:

    I agree. that will never work with this league.

  25. Erik says:

    Can anyone recommend a good pub to watch the Arsenal & Barcelona matches in San Diego, CA?

  26. madmax says:

    Not a pub, but Barcelona/Madrid will be on at Costa Brava in PB San Diego. Owner Javier is GK from there. link to

    Arsenal game will definitely be on at Shakespeare’s near airport and Oldtown.
    link to

  27. madmax says:

    It’s hard to tell because Barcelona has the ball all the time. He must face the fewest shots in all of Europe.

  28. pedro says:

    What’s the point of ESPN buying the broadcasting rights to la liga if THEY WON’T SHOW THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON on ESPN or ESPN2.

    (SBI-Pedro, they didn’t buy La Liga’s rights outright, they only scored a portion of the English-language rights, and if you’re GolTV, are you really giving up the biggest game of the year in that deal? Not really. ESPN did manage to get the game for ESPN Deportes as well as