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. Vegalta Sendai vs Kashiwa Reysol. August 18, 6:00 PM at Yurtec Stadium Sendai (J1 League)
Vegalta Sendai and Kashiwa Reysol secured a goalless draw to maintain status quo in the J-League.
2. West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool. August 18, 10:00 PM at The Hawthorns (Barclays English Premier League)
Steve Clarke gets his maiden victory with the Baggies after taking advantage of Daniel Agger being sent off in the 58th minute. The Reds suffer a 3-0 defeat in Brendan Rodgers' 1st Premiership match as Liverpool manager.
3. Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps. August 19, 4:00 AM at CenturyLink Field (Major League Soccer)
A 2-0 result for the Sounders keeps them in 3rd place and chasing Real Salt Lake.
4. Real Madrid vs Valencia. August 20, 1:00 AM at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (La Liga BBVA Primera División)
Valencia escape with a point against the reigning La Liga champions at the Bernabeu, as Jonas equalized minutes before halftime. Higuain had scored for Los Merengues ten minutes into the match.
5. Flamengo vs Vasco de Gama. August 20, 5:30 AM at Estádio Olímpico João Havelange (Brazil Serie A)
Vagner Love secured the lone goal in the 38th minute for Flamengo to secure a 1-0 victory.
Here are my five choices for the week, by order of chronological appearances (dates are in Manila).
1. Borussia M'Gladbach vs Hoffenheim. August 25, 9:30 PM at Stadion im Borussia-Park (Bundesliga)
This weekend serves as kickoff for the Bundesliga, just a week after the German Cup commenced. That cup competition saw Hoffenheim get bounced early and in an ugly fashion, a 4-0 shellacking by Regionalliga side BAK '07. M'Gladbach did not exactly have a great week either, as they lost 3-1 to Dynamo Kyiv in their Champions League duel in midweek. Also a possibility for this match, a Philippine international being on the field. as Stephan Schrock plys his trade with Hoffenheim after helping Greuther Furth win the 2. Bundesliga last season.
2. Manchester United vs Fulham. August 25, 10:00 PM at Old Trafford (Barclays English Premier League)
The Red Devils wanted to usher in the season with a victory, especially with their newest acquisition readily available, but Everton spoiled plans at Goodison Park. Now they get to hopefully augur the new season well in front of their loyal fans. The Cottagers kicked off their Premiership season in style, a 5-0 smashing performance against Norwich, doing it with their American stud Clint Dempsey.
3. Vasco da Gama vs Fluminense. August 26, 5:30 AM at Estádio Olímpico João Havelange (Brazil Serie A)
The 2nd and 3rd place teams of Brazil's top tier football face off in the Clássico dos Gigantes. Vasco and Flu were on differing ends of 1-0 results in their previous matches.
4. Paris Saint-Germain vs Bordeaux. August 27, 3:00 AM at Parc des Princes (Ligue 1)
This is the start that Carlo Ancelotti did not envision for the Parisians. A couple of draws when victories are expected have resulted in PSG occupying mid-table and might just miss a couple of key players. Contrast it with Bordeaux that currently is riding a seven-match winning streak dating back to last season.
5. Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls. August 27, 9:00 AM at Livestrong Sporting Park (Major League Soccer)
Sporting KC is currently atop the Eastern Conference, with New York a couple of points back in second. Both teams are in striking distance to the current leader for the Supporters' Shield in San Jose. And with the playoffs nearing, the sooner they can secure it, the better.