The Weekend Special returns to bring you certain fixtures that we football fans should keep our eyes on with the upcoming weekend, whether it will be televised, or via some sort of online means, because if you can read this article, I can pretty much assume you can find your way to a means of watching something.
To recap here were my choices from last week.
1. New York Red Bulls vs Houston Dynamo. August 11, 8:00 AM at Red Bull Arena (Major League Soccer)
Turnabout is fair play. After the 2-0 Dynamo win at Houston, the Red Bulls return the favor with a 2-0 win at New York, retaking the Eastern Conference lead in the process.
2. Juventus vs Napoli. August 11, 8:00 PM at Beijing National Stadium (Italian Super Cup)
The Bianconeri win the Supercoppa 4-2 after extra time, but not without controversy, as three members of the Partenopei were sent off during the encounter, all late in the 2nd half. Napoli's displeasure with the officiating was clear, reflecting in their boycott of the awards ceremony.
3. Mexico vs Brazil. August 11, 10:00 PM at Wembley Stadium (2012 London Olympics)
Oribe Peralta scores twice for the El Tri, which proved to be enough as Mexico snatched the gold medal away from the upcoming hosts of the next World Cup. This is their first Olympic gold medal in the London Games.
4. The Philippines vs Chicago Inferno. August 12, 8:00 AM at Joe Bean Stadium (International Friendly)
The Philippines suffered from a 3-1 defeat to the Inferno. The lone goal of the Azkals came from Global FC defender Carli de Murga.
5. Liverpool vs Bayer Leverkusen. August 12, 10:00 PM at Anfield (Club Friendly)
A 3-1 victory by the Reds over the Bundesliga side marked Sami Hyypia's emotional return to Anfield.
BONUS. Manchester City vs Chelsea. August 12 8:30 PM at Villa Park (Community Shield)
Manchester City adds the Community Shield in their increasing trophy collection, as they take advantage of Chelsea being a man down for the second half. Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri scored the goals for the reiging Premership champions.
Here are my five choices for the week, by order of chronological appearances (dates are in Manila).
1. Vegalta Sendai vs Kashiwa Reysol. August 18, 6:00 PM at Yurtec Stadium Sendai (J1 League)
Vegalta Sendai aims to arrest its two-game losing skid against a teams currently tied for 3rd in the J-League.
2. West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool. August 18, 10:00 PM at The Hawthorns (Barclays English Premier League)
Two teams with new bosses patrolling the benches. Brendan Rodgers is looking at translating his system into a team that probably has enough financial clout to be able to get him the players he needs to make that work. Rodgers replaces Kenny Dalglish after a season where they finished way below expectations set by the new American ownership. When Dalglish left, his able assistant Steve Clarke also left the team. Steve, however, would not stay unemployed for long, as the Baggies sought his services to replace Roy Hodgson. Hodgson, who piloted West Brom to arguably their best season ever in the Premiership, had received a higher calling of sorts by taking the mantle of managing England. Look for new Baggie Romelu Lukaku and new Red Fabio Borini to make an opening impression.
3. Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps. August 19, 4:00 AM at CenturyLink Field (Major League Soccer)
Both teams are coming off losses and are currently tied for 3rd in points in the Western Conference alongside reigning MLS Cup holders LA Galaxy. Although it looks unlikely that they would be able to catch the San Jose Earthquakes, they might be able to keep in step with the team in from of them, Sporting Kansas City. Also in play as well for this match is the Cascadia Cup.
4. Real Madrid vs Valencia. August 20, 1:00 AM at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (La Liga BBVA Primera División)
Defending a title is not going to be easy, and Real Madrid will find out as they will face a Valencia side that finished third last season. Los Merengues will also see familiar faces wearing Los Che colors as Sergio Canales and Fernando Gago are joining the club.
5. Flamengo vs Vasco de Gama. August 20, 5:30 AM at Estádio Olímpico João Havelange (Brazil Serie A)
Dubbed as Clássico dos Milhões, it features two of the biggest clubs in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Although Flamengo is mired in mid-table, Vasco is currently third overall and also in striking distance from the top of Brazil's Serie A.