Soccer Tournaments & Friendlies

Argentine Soccer Summer Tournament (Torneo de Verano)

Torneo de Verano

is Argentina’s summer soccer tournament. The country’s most prestigious teams compete over a six-week period. In this heated competition, the teams face-off for early bragging rights leading into the regular season. Fox Sports en Español features all of the

Boca Juniors

versus

River Plate

games during the summer tournament.

River Plate

won its second consecutive

Pentagonal de Verano

in 2008, totaling 23 titles.

Boca Juniors

has won 35.

Matches: 14

Duration: 2 hours

Season: January – February

Window: Various 7:00pm  ET / 4:00pm PT

Website:

http://www.afa.org.ar

Copa Nissan Sudamericana

Copa Nissan Sudamericana

is an annual competition consisting of clubs from the CONMEBOL. As of 2005, clubs from the CONCACAF are also invited to participate.

Copa Nissan Sudamericana

is the second most important competition in South America following

Copa Santander Libertadores

. It is compared to Europe’s

UEFA Cup

.

In 2008, Internacional (BRA) defeated Estudiantes de La Plata (ARG) by 2-1. Internacional (BRA) is the only South American team to have won all international championships in all possible qualifying tournaments by winning

Copa Santander Libertadores

(2006),

FIFA Club World Cup

(2006),

Recopa Sudamericana

(2007) and

Copa Nissan Sudamericana

(2008).

Matches: 66

Duration: 2 hours

Season: August –December

Window: Tues – Thu Primetime

Website:

http://www.conmebol.com

Copa Santander Libertadores

Copa Santander Libertadores

is the official event of the South American Soccer Confederation (CONMEBOL) and is recognized for its prestige and tradition. As the most important club championship tournament in Latin America, 38 teams from 9 countries compete over a 6-month period for this coveted trophy. 26 of the 38 teams qualify directly to the group stage and 12 must play in the preliminary round. Independiente (ARG) has won the most

Copa Libertadores

titles with seven, followed by Boca Juniors (ARG) with six.

In 2008, Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito (ECU) defeated Fluminense (BRA) in a nail-biting final with extra time and a penalty shootout. This is LDUQ’s first international title and are the first Ecuadorian team to win

Copa Santander Libertadores

.

Matches: 138 (FSE may show less)

Pregames: 12 half-hour programs; 10 fifteen minute pregame programs

Duration: 2 hours

Window: Tues – Thu Primetime

Season: January - June

Website:

http://www.conmebol.com/

England Senior & U-21 Soccer Friendlies – England World Cup Qualifiers

Fox Sports en Español presents the England National Team matches live with world class stars such as David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and Río Ferdinand. FSE also presents the future stars in the England U-21 matches.

Watch as England faces off against the best of the best in the world of European soccer for a spot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Matches: 5 (senior), 5 (U-21), 2 (WCQ)

Duration: 2 hours

Season: All year

European World Cup Qualifiers

Fox Sports en Español presents the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification (UEFA) matches. These consist of eight groups of six teams and one group of five teams. Each group winner directly qualifies, while the best eight of the nine second-place teams will face-off in home and away matches for the remaining four spots. Fifty three teams compete for thirteen spots.

Montenegro will officially participate in its first FIFA World Cup qualification process.

Matches: 23

Duration: 2 hours

Season: Various

Website:

http://www.uefa.com

FA Cup (Copa FA)

One of the oldest tournaments in the world, the

FA Cup

began in 1872. This knockout tournament includes all the professional teams from all the English divisions. Manchester United leads the pack with eleven

FA Cup

championships, the most of any team. London’s Arsenal has an impressive ten wins, while fellow London rival Tottenham Hotspur has eight. The smaller clubs give the BPL and championship league teams a run for their money.

The winner will also qualify for the first round of the UEFA Cup. If already qualified for Europe, the spot goes to the runners up or the hightest placed Premier League team without European qualification.

In 2008, Portsmouth obtained their second victory by defeating Cardiff City 1-0.

Matches: 12

Duration: 2 hours

Season: January  – May

Window:  Saturday and Sunday

Website:

http://www.thefa.com

FIFA Club World Cup

FIFA Club World Cup is the competition between the leading clubs from all 6 continental confederations. Since 2007, the champions of Oceania must play a qualifying play-off against the champion club of the host country. In 2008, Manchester United (ENG) won its first FIFA Club World Cup by defeating first time participants and finalists LDU Quito (ECU) by 1-0.

In 2009, the event will be hosted outside of Japan for the first time ever as it travels to United Arab Emirates.

Matches: 8

Duration: 2 hours

Season: December

Window:  Various

Website:

www.fifa.com

InterLiga

Eight Mexican teams battle it out for two slots in the prestigious

Copa Santander Libertadores

. This tournament is played in various stadiums throughout the United States.   The

Interliga

champion advances directly to the

Copa Libertadores

as Mexico 2.  The 

Interliga

runner up is known a Mexico 3 and must play a two game sudden death series against a South American opponent in the

Copa Libertadores

preliminary round.

The 2009

Interliga

edition witnessed one of the most exciting games with the

Mexican Super-Clasico

between Chivas vs America.  Chivas and Pachuca advaned to

Copa Libertadores

to join San Luis, who had already been designated as Mexico 1.

Matches: 14

Duration: 2 hours

Season: January

Window:  Various -  Primetime

Website:

www.interliga.com

UEFA Cup (Quarterfinals and Semifinals)

The UEFA Cup features many of Europe’s best teams facing off in the continent’s largest single-elimination competition. Over 100 top teams from every European nation compete each year for this distinguished title. It is the second most important European club competition after the UEFA Champions League.

Matches: 6 quarterfinals and 4 semifinals

Duration: 2 hours

Season: April – May

Window:  Wed and Thu 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT

Website:

http://www.uefa.com

UEFA Cup (Tottenham & Manchester City Home Matches)

Watch as Tottenham and Manchester City take on various teams with home advantage in this tournament. Will these teams make it through the rounds and into the final? Stay tuned to FSE for the live results!

Matches: 10

Duration: 2 hours

Season: October – March

Window:  Wed and Thu 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT

Website:

http://www.uefa.com

UEFA Cup Final

The UEFA Cup Final is the culmination of the second most important European competition for club teams. Qualification for the UEFA Cup is based on club performances in their national leagues and cup competitions. The nation with the most UEFA Cup titles is Italy with nine wins, three of which were obtained by Juventus FC and three by Inter Milan.

In 2008, Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) won their first UEFA Cup championship by defeating Rangers FC (SCO) by 2-0.

Matches: 1

Duration: 2 hours

Season: May 23

Window:  Wed 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT

Website:

http://www.uefa.com

UEFA Super Cup

The UEFA Super Cup is played between the reigning champions of the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Traditionally taking place in Monaco’s Stade Louis II, the UEFA Super Cup is played at the start of the soccer season. The team that obtains three consecutive wins or five in total holds the trophy permanently, as in the case of AC Milan who has five wins.

The nation with most wins (by clubs) is Italy with nine, followed by England with seven and Spain with six.

In 2008, Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) defeated Manchester United (ENG) by 2-1. This was Zenit St. Petersburg’s first appearance in the UEFA Super Cup and also became the first Russian team to win this competition.

Matches: 1

Duration: 2 hours

Season: August

Website:

http://www.uefa.com

U.S. National Soccer Team (Men’s & Women’s)

FSE presents the men’s and women’s national soccer team matches against various teams from all over the world.

The U.S. Men’s National Team comes in 22th place in the FIFA World Rankings, while the U.S. Women’s National Team ranks in 1st  place in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.

Matches: 2 (men’s), 2 (women’s)

Duration: 2 hours

Season: Various

Website:

http://www.ussoccer.com

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