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. (Photo came from here.)
1. Olympique Lyonnais vs Valenciennes. September 1, 11:00 PM at Stade Gerland (Ligue 1)
Life after Hugo Lloris begins on a positive note, as a 3-2 win aided by a penalty goal and an assist from Bafetimbi Gomis. Newcomer Steed Malbranque was sensational for the perennial Ligue 1 powers.
2. Manchester City vs Queens Park Rangers. September 2, 12:30 AM at Ettihad Stadium (Barclays English Premier League)
No Aguero, no problem, as Tevez and Dzeko scored and assisted on each other's goals to secure the 3-1 victory, joining an interesting tandem with Swansea and West Brom in a tie for second place behind Chelsea.
3.Liverpool vs Arsenal. September 2, 8:30 PM at Anfield (Barclays English Premier League)
The woes of Brendan Rodgers continue, with the Gunners' new signings Podolski and Cazorla breaking the ice for Arsenal this season.
4. Internazionale vs AS Roma. September 3, 2:45 AM at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Serie A)
Roma's talismanic icon Francesco Totti with a couple of assists for the 3-1 victory.
5. FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF. September 3, 3:30 AM at Camp Nou (La Liga BBVA)
Spanish international defender Jordi Alba played the second half in his first match against his former team. Adriano provided the lone goal for this match, with reigning Ballon D'Or winner Lionel Messi providing the assist.
Here are my five choices for the week, by order of chronological appearances (dates are in Manila).
1. United States vs Germany. September 8, 6:20 PM at Tokyo National Stadium (FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup)
The winner of this match gets bragging rights as the first country to have three U-20 WWC titles. The Americans are mostly composed of players from the US NCAA, while the Germans have players from their women's Bundesliga.
2. BEC Tero Sasana vs Chainat. September 8, 7:00 PM at Thephasadin Stadium (Thai Premier League)
You may be wondering why I have a Thai game here. This is the first league match of BEC Tero under the stewardship of their new Technical Director. His name is familiar to most people. It's Sven-Goran Eriksson. The Fire Dragons secured a 1-1 draw against the reigning league champions Buriram United in the League Cup quarter-final in Sven's first ever match with that new title.
3. Côte d'Ivoire vs Senegal. September 9, 1:00 AM at Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny (African Cup of Nations Qualifying)
Two African contenders tangling at Abidjan for the chance to make it to the 2013 African Cup of Nations. The Elephants were just short of victory, losing to an inspired Zambia side in the final, while the Teranga Lions were an embarrassment, exiting the group stage. The Newcastle Dembas (Ba and Cisse) have been called up for this one, while Didier Drogba and the Toures (Kolo and Yaya) add wattage to this fixture.
4. Denmark vs Czech Republic. September 9, 2:15 AM at Parken (2014 World Cup Qualification)
Both teams kick off their quest to make it to Brazil. It will be tough considering the Azzuri are in the same group, so it is vital to get as many points as they can.
Having the Danes in this section is always a good way of reminding people that they have a great cameo in a music video back in 2010.
5. Libya vs Algeria. September 10, 1:00 AM at Stade Larbi Zaouli (African Cup of Nations Qualifying)
The North African derby will be having this match in Casablanca. The 2013 African Cup of Nations was supposed to be played in Libya, but the fruits of the Arab Spring changed all that and the hosting was moved to South Africa. Algeria is probably best known as the team that Landon Donovan carved his moment in the 2010 World Cup.