Soccer Leagues

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Argentine Soccer (Clásico del Domingo)

Sunday may be the traditional day of rest, but not when it comes to soccer. Clásico del Domingo, or “Sunday Classic,” is the much anticipated weekend contest between Argentina’s top teams. The competition is fierce, the fans devoted and the outcome is always exciting. Featured are the five big teams: River Plate, Boca Juniors, Independiente, San Lorenzo and Racing Club.

In the 2008 Apertura tournament, Boca Juniors won their 24th championship. River Plate is the most successful club in Argentine league history with 33 victories.

Matches: 19 Apertura / 19 Clausura

Duration:  2 hours

Season:  August – December / February – June

Window:  Sunday 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT        

Website: 

http://www.afa.org.ar

Barclays Premier League

The Premier League made its debut on Fox Sports en Español in August 1998. FSE features the best English matches from the most watched sporting league in the world. The Premier League was formed in 1992 with clubs at the top of the English football league system. The BPL consists of twenty clubs. In a total of sixteen seasons, the title has been won by only four teams: Manchester United with ten wins, Arsenal with three, Chelsea with two and Blackburn Rovers with one. The BPL features some of the best players in the world including Liverpool’s Fernando Torres (ESP) and Robbie Keane (IRL), Chelsea’s newest acquisitions Deco (POR) and Branislav Ivanoviæ (RUS), and Manchester United stars Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) and Carlos Tévez (ARG), to name a few.   Robinho signed left Real Madrid to join Manchester City this season.

Manchester United defended their championship title in the 2007/2008 season by defeating Wigan, winning by 2 points ahead of Chelsea who finished the season in a draw.

Matches: 122

Duration: 2 hours

Season: August – May

Window:  Saturday and Sunday / Some mid-week matches

Website:

http://www.premierleague.com

Italian Serie A

Established in its current form in 1929, Serie A is the top division in Italian soccer. Serie A consists of 20 clubs. Each year, the bottom three clubs in the league table are relegated to Serie B. The top two clubs from Serie B are then promoted automatically to the Serie A, while the third through sixth place clubs enter a promotion playoff for a final spot in the Serie A. For the 2008 / 2009 season, Chievo, Bologna and Lecce were promoted from Serie B.


Juventus is the most successful team in the history of Italian football with twenty seven Serie A titles, eleven international titles and is sixth in the world with the most international titles recognized by UEFA and FIFA.

In 2008, Inter Milan won their third consecutive championship title by defeating Parma in the last round of the season.

Matches: 144

Duration: 2 hours

Season: August – May

Window:  Saturday and Sunday / Some mid-week matches

Website: http://www.lega-calcio.it/
Major League Soccer (MLS)


Major League Soccer was formed in 1993 as a promise to FIFA to establish a “Division One” professional soccer league in exchange for the staging of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the U.S. MLS is comprised of 15 teams (7 in the Eastern Conference and 8 in the Western Conference). Fox Sports en Español will air thirty two regular games and the playoffs.

Watch David Beckham, midfielder and former captain of the England national team, in MLS. He is the only Englishman in history to have scored in three consecutive FIFA World Cups. In 2008, Beckham became the 5th Englishman to win 100 caps. Other well-known foreign players have followed Beckham to MLS, including Marcelo Gallardo (ARG) to D.C. United, Guillermo Barros Schelotto (ARG) to Columbus and Juan Pablo Angel (COL) to the New York Red Bulls.

In 2008, Columbus Crew won their first MLS Cup by defeating New York Red Bulls 3-1.

Matches: 32 / 3 playoffs

Duration: 2 hours

Season: March – November

Windows:  Saturdays 7:00pm ET and 10:00pm ET

Website: http://www.mlsnet.com
Mexican Soccer


FSE presents matches from some of the most popular teams in Mexico including Cruz Azul, Pumas UNAM. Monarcas, Toluca, Puebla, Atlas, Santos and Indios.  The Mexican soccer league is the training ground for some of the world’s best players including many international and Mexican stars such as Salvador Cabañas (PAR) and Omar Arellano (MEX).

Toluca obtained their ninth championship by defeating Cruz Azul in the 2008 Apertura tournament.

Matches: 14 Apertura / 14 Clausura

Duration: 2 hours

Season: August – December / January – May

Window:  Saturday 8:00pm ET and Sunday 10:00pm ET

Website: http://www.femexfut.org.mx

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