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FOX Soccer Plus Has Become Completely Irrelevant to Soccer Fans

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With all of the focus on FOX Sports 1 and the dismal ratings on FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus has gotten lost in the shuffle. The channel has seemingly become the red headed stepchild at FOX Sports.

With all of the changes at FOX Sports in the past 12 months, FOX Soccer Plus has become less relevant than ever before.

MLS, U.S. Soccer sign long-term TV and media rights deal with ESPN, FOX, Univision

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By DAN KARELL

Figuring out when to watch MLS on TV just got a whole lot easier.

MLS and U.S. Soccer announced on Monday an eight-year deal with ESPN, FOX Sports, and Univision Deportes that includes, a set-time national game-of-the-week broadcast on each network, rights to future U.

Gus Johnson Has 2 ‘Pets’ That Are Plants Named Whittaker And Hector [VIDEO]

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FOX Sports lead soccer commentator Gus Johnson, who should be returning to the airwaves this year to announce soccer matches for FOX Sports 1, was asked an innocuous question last summer (we just uncovered the video), but the answer to the question was quite bizarre.

He was asked by FOX Sports about whether he had any pets.

UEFA Europa League

Europa League Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Juventus vs Benfica & Valencia vs Sevilla: Open Thread

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Today we'll find out who will be playing in the 2014 Europa League Final after the semi-finals are completed between Juventus and Benfica, and Valencia vs Sevilla.

Here is today's TV/Internet schedule formatchesbeing shown in the US:

Juventus vs Benfica, 3pm ET, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Valencia vs Sevilla, 3pm ET, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today'smatches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccerfansfrom around theworld.

Sorteo de cuartos de final champions league 2014

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Sorteo cuartos de final de Champions League 2013-14
Canal: Fox Sports y Espn
Fecha: viernes 21 de marzo
Hora: 5:00 am.
Lugar: Casa del Fútbol Europeo de Nyon, Suiza

También... Esa misma mañana se aplicará también un sorteo para los cuartos de final de la UEFA Europa League, y los partidos se celebrarán los jueves 3 y 10 de abril.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Dnipro, UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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For viewers in the United States, here's the TV/Internet schedule:

Tottenham vs Dnipro (Europa League), 3pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's matches (there are plenty of other Europa League matches kicking off today), join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

UEFA Champions League

Gus Johnson Fails to Give FOX Sports 1′s Soccer Ratings a Boost

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With the way that FOX Sports hyped Gus Johnson, you would expect by now after one year of announcing soccer games that Gus Johnson would be generating scorching hot viewing audience numbers that would help pay for the huge salary they're giving him. But based on recent viewing figures for the UEFA Champions League, the results have been underwhelming to say the very least.

UEFA Europa League Quarter-Finals, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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After this week's UEFA Champions League quarter-finals concluded, now we have four remaining games in the Europa League to determine who will make it to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Today's TV/Internet schedule for viewers in the United States is:

All times Eastern

Juventus vs Lyon, 3pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Benfica vs AZ Alkmaar, 3pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Sevilla vs Porto, 3pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Valencia vs Basel, 3pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

UEFA Europa League Quarter-Finals, 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Just as the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals were played this week, today's the chance for the eight teams left in the Europa League to make a mark in their first leg of the last 8.

Today's TV/Internet schedule for viewers in the United States is:

Lyon vs Juventus, 2:30pm ET, FOX Sports 1andFOX Soccer 2Go
Porto vs Sevilla, 2:30pm ET, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go
AZ Alkmaar vs Benfica, 2:30pm, ET, FOX Soccer PlusandFOX Soccer 2Go
Basel vs Valencia, 2:30pm ET,FOX Soccer 2Go

For viewers in the United States, the studio crew will be Rob Stone, Warren Barton, Brian McBride and Janusz Michallik.

Barcelona-Manchester City Sets Record For Most-Watched Soccer Game On FOX Sports 1

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Wednesday's UEFA Champions League broadcast of Barcelona against Manchester City set a record for the most-watched soccer game on FOX Sports 1 to date, with 420,000 viewers tuning in to see Barca win 2-1.

That compares to Tuesday's broadcast of Bayern Munich versus Arsenal, which was seen by 363,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1, which is the third most-watched Champions League game on FOX Sports 1 behind Manchester City vs Barcelona (395,000 viewers) on February 18.

UEFA Champions League, Tuesday Matchday 6: Open Thread

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Even though Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have already qualified for the knockout round of the UEFA Champions League, there's still plenty to play for today.

If Galatasaray beats Juventus, the Turkish club will qualify for the next round.

Where to Find the UEFA Champions League and Europa League On US TV and Internet This Week

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In the final week of the group stages of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches, here's the TV and Internet schedule for all matches that are being shown live to viewers in the United States.

All times Eastern. Schedule is subject to change.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Tuesday, December 10:

Manchester United vs Shakhtar Donetsk, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Galatasaray vs Juventus, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Benfica vs Paris Saint-Germain, 2:45pm, FSN andFOX Soccer 2Go
Copenhagen vs Real Madrid, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Viktoria Plzen vs CSKA Moscow, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Olympiacos vs Anderlecht, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Real Sociedad vs Bayer Leverkusen, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

Wednesday, December 11:

Napoli vs Arsenal, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Chelsea vs Steaua Bucharest, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
AC Milan vs Ajax, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Barcelona vs Celtic, 2:45pm, FSN andFOX Soccer 2Go
Schalke vs Basel, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Atletico Madrid vs Porto, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Marseille vs Borussia Dortmund, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Austria Vienna vs Zenit St Petersburg, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

Thursday, December 12:

St Gallen vs Swansea City, 12:30pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Maribor vs Wigan, 1pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
PSV Eindhoven vs Chornomorets, 1pm, ESPN3.

FOX Emerges As Likely Winner of UEFA Champions League US Media Rights for 2015-18, Says Source

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FOX Sports has emerged as the likely winner of the US media rights to the 2015-18 UEFA Champions League, according to a report Sports Business Daily.

Sources have revealed to SBJ that FOX will be revealed as the winner as early as today, beating NBC Sports, beIN SPORT and Univision for the rights.

English Premier League

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United & Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Here is today's TV/Internet schedule for matches being shown in the US:

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1andFOX Soccer 2Go
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Bayern Munich:Neuer, Dante, Ribéry, Mandzukić, Robben, Boateng, Götze, Lahm (C), Müller, Alaba, Kroos

Subs:Raeder, van Buyten, Rafinha, Pizarro, Weiser, Hojbjerg, Weihrauch

Manchester United:De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Fletcher, Carrick; Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa; Welbeck

Subs:Lindegaard, Büttner, Ferdinand, Giggs, Januzaj, Young, Hernandez

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Atletico Madrid:Courtois, Juanfran, Godín, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Tiago, Gabi, Koke, Raúl García, Adrián, Villa.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Chelsea and Real Madrid vs Dortmund, Champions League 1st Leg: Open Thread

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After yesterday's entertaining matches between Barcelona-Atletico Madrid and Manchester United-Bayern Munich, we have two more treats in store today with the clash between "The Special One" and "The Only One" (PSG vs Chelsea) as well as another Real Madrid-Borussia Dortmund game (the two teams that always seem to face each other each year).

Manchester United vs Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund vs Zenit St Petersburg, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Manchester United's official matchday programmeUnited Reviewsums up the situation at Old Trafford today with the headline "Let's go for it!" emblazoned across the front cover. With United 2-0 down on aggregate, David Moyes's side has everything to do to try to qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Benfica, Porto vs Napoli, Juventus vs Fiorentina & More: Open Thread

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We've been so preoccupied with the release of the Blue With Envy eBook today that we almost forgot about the Europa League action, and there's plenty of it.

For THFC supporters, here's the TV/Internet schedule of today's matches:

Tottenham vs Benfica (Europa League), 4pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Many of the other Europa League matches are on FOX Soccer 2Go, FOX Soccer Plus and ESPN3.

Barcelona vs Manchester City and PSG vs Leverkusen, UEFA Champions League 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Will today be a repeat of yesterday's UEFA Champions League matches where the leaders from the first leg went on to qualify for the quarter-finals? Or is an upset on the cards where Manchester City can overturn its 2-0 aggregate loss to beat Barca at Camp Nou, and can Leverkusen pull off the miracle of all miracles to beat PSG, or at least get a respectful result?

Galatasaray vs Chelsea & Schalke vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Chelsea will be walking into a loud and intimidating cauldron at Galatasaray's Turk Telekom Arenaas the Blues try to get something none of the English clubs have done in the Champions League or Europa League this week or last — get a draw or a victory.

Meanwhile, over at theVeltins Arena in Germany, Schalke host Real Madrid in a match where Carlo Ancelotti's team are the strong favorites.

FA Cup Fifth Round, Sunday: Open Thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Everton vs Swansea (FA Cup), 8:30am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest (FA Cup), 10am,FOX Soccer 2Go
Arsenal vs Liverpool (FA Cup), 11am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

FA Cup Fifth Round, Saturday: Open Thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Sunderland vs Southampton (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Cardiff vs Wigan (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Sheffield Wednesday vs Charlton (FA Cup), 10am,FOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester City vs Chelsea (FA Cup), 12:15pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

FA Cup Fourth Round, Sunday: Open Thread

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The final two matches of the FA Cup Fourth Round remain today before the draw for the FA Cup Fifth Round is made (which World Soccer Talk will be bringing to you live immediately after the Chelsea-Stoke match). Which two teams will be added to the pot today?

Here's today's TV schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Sheffield United vs Fulham (FA Cup), 8am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Chelsea vs Stoke City (FA Cup), 10:30am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

FA Cup Fourth Round, Saturday: Open Thread

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In the middle of a hectic January transfer window, the clubs throughout England and Wales are switching gears and participating today in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Based on the fixtures below, there's the opportunity for quite a few upsets.

Here's today's TV schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Bournemouth vs Liverpool (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Sunderland vs Kidderminster Harriers (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Bolton vs Cardiff City (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Southend vs Hull City (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Stevenage vs Everton (FA Cup), 12:30pm, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

Here's the complete schedule for the FA Cup Fourth Round.

FA Cup Third Round, Saturday: Open Thread

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One of the highlights of the English football calendar is the FA Cup Third Round where there's the potential of cup upsets. It's also a rare treat for soccer fans to watch teams they don't usually see on television, and to get a good glimpse at what English football is like at the lower levels of the professional game.

Watch ‘World Soccer Radio’, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topic: Manchester United’s Issues [VIDEO]

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Tonight, Nick Geber welcomes special guest David "Statman" Mosse from FOX Sports. They'll discuss the Premier League, Man United's long term issues and of course discuss your tweets and calls.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter@worldsocceradioor call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

Mid-Day Ticker: Fox Sports renews UCL rights through 2018; FIFA bans Simunic; and more

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By DAN KARELL

They may have lost the right's to the English Premier League starting this season, but there will still be plenty of high quality soccer on Fox Sports' family of networks for the next four years.

Fox Sports announced on Monday that they had renewed the rights to televise the UEFA Champions League and Europa League in the United States and the Caribbean through the 2017/2018 season.

UEFA Europa League, Matchday 5: Open Thread

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While a lot of Americans will be watching the ball games on Thanksgiving Day today, there are plenty of soccer matches to choose from with a full schedule of Europa League games.

Here's the TV/Internet schedule for viewers in the United States:

Rubin Kazan vs Maribor, Noon, ESPN3.com
Tromso vs Tottenham Hotspur, 1pm, FOX Sports 1, ESPN3.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday, Matchday 5: Open Thread

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After yesterday's exciting Champions League matches, we have another eight games in store today as clubs look to book their place in the next round of the tournament.

For viewers in the United States, the TV schedule is as follows:

CSKA Moscow vs Bayern Munich, Noon, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go
Bayer Leverkusen vs Manchester United, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester City vs Plzen, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Real Madrid vs Galatasaray, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go
Juventus vs Copenhagen, 2:45pm, FSNandFOX Soccer 2Go
Paris Saint-Germain vs Olympiacos, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Anderlecht vs Benfica, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Sociedad, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's match, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans in the comments section below.

UEFA Champions League Tuesday, Matchday 5: Open Thread

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UEFA Champions League action returns today with eight matches being played across the European continent.

For viewers in the United States, the TV schedule is as follows:

Zenit St Petersburg vs Atletico Madrid, Noon, FOX Soccer PlusandFOX Soccer 2Go
Basel vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Arsenal vs Marseille, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Celtic vs AC Milan, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer PlusandFOX Soccer 2Go
Ajax vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, FSNandFOX Soccer 2Go
Borussia Dortmund vs Napoli, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Porto vs Austria Vienna, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Steaua Bucharest vs Schalke, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's match, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans in the comments section below.

Spurs vs Sheriff, Kuban vs Swansea & More; UEFA Europa League, Gameweek 4: Open Thread

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Thirteen Europa League matches kick off today, which include fixtures for Tottenham, Swansea City, Lazio, Fiorentina, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Sevilla and many other European clubs.

If you live in the United States, here's the TV/Internet schedule for today's matches:

Kuban vs Swansea, Noon, FOX Sports 1,FOX Soccer 2Goand ESPN3.

World Cup

Marketing the World Cup

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The World Cup is about 90 days away and some of the big international brands are starting to shift their marketing power into gear. Camilo Durana is the Global Director, Budweiser Sports & Entertainment. Mr. Durana oversees Budweiser's global sports, music, content and entertainment initiatives including the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM.

Battle of the Sexes

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If you are looking for big news on American soccer, pay close attention to the summer of 2015. Very recently, it has been announced that Fox Sports has acquired the television rights to both the 2015 Women's World Cup as well as the 2015 Men's Gold Cup. Not only are these two tournaments during the same year, but they also take place during the same couple of weeks during the 2015 summer.

Comcast Offers Its TV Customers Free Access to Sports Channels This Week Only

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Comcast xFinity is running a promotion called XFINITY Sportstacular! where several sports networks that broadcast soccer games will be provided for free through this Sunday to current Comcast xFinity TV subscribers.

Among the networks/channels being made available for free are beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol, NBC Sports Network, FOX Sports 1, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.

The Rest

Fox Sports 1 Announces World Cup Coverage Plans

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Even though FOX Sports does not have the rights to show World Cup matches this summer, the sports network will still be down in Brazil providing analysis and commentary during the tournament.

Last week, the channel detailed how FOX Sports 1 will be involved in coverage of the world's biggest tournament.

Pachuca acuerda con Fox Sports la trasmision de sus partido

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Los partidos del Pachuca serán transmitidos por Fox Sports a partir del próximo torneo, por lo que serán otro equipo que sale del duopolio de Televisa y TV Azteca.

Por primera vez después de 17 años, los juegos de los Tuzos no los pasarán por la cadena del Ajusco.
Con esto se unen al Club León, equipo que al momento de ascender no llegaron a un acuerdo con la televisión abierta y optaron por irse con Fox Sports, que transmitía sus partidos en la división de plata.

Cahill: Moyes will prove doubters wrong

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Tim Cahill, who played for David Moyes at Everton for eight years, has spoken out in defence of his former manager.

"There's been so much focus on Manchester United's struggles this season, but a manager should be judged over two campaigns and after eight years playing under David Moyes, I know he's got all the attributes to prove everyone wrong," Cahill told Fox Sports.

Report: MLS set to cash in on improved TV deal, though NBC Sports Group not involved

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer is deep in discussions for a new national television deal, but they may be losing one of their partners.

According to a report in Goal.com, NBC Sports Group has pulled out of the bidding for the next MLS national TV contract, ending their relationship with the league following the 2014 MLS season.

FA Cup Third Round, Sunday: Open Thread

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After yesterday's surprise win by Sheffield United against Aston Villa, there are a few more chances today for upsets in the FA Cup Third Round. If you're a betting man, you may want to put your money on Nottingham Forest defeating a depleted West Ham United side who have their minds on trying to stay in the Premier League.

León deja sin final a TVAzteca

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Debido a que León es transmitido por Fox Sports y América por Televisa, en esta ocasión TV Azteca se quedó sin la señal de la gran Final del futbol mexicano, que se disputará el jueves en el Nou Camp de León y el domingo en el Estadio Azteca.

Cabe recordar que Carlos Slim adquirió el 30 por ciento de acciones de Grupo Pachuca, y que actualmente quiere ostentarse como el gran rival en telecomunicaciones de Emilio Azcárraga, dueño de Televisa, así como de Ricardo salinas Pliego, propietario de TV Azteca.

Trasmision liguilla 4tos vuelta TV

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Sábado 30 de noviembre de 2013
Cruz Azul vs Toluca 17:00 - TvAzteca 13
León vs Morelia 20:06 - Fox Sports - Mediotiempo
Domingo 1 de diciembre de 2013
América vs Tigres 17:00 - Televisa 2
Santos vs Querétaro 20:00 - TV Azteca 13
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