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ProSoccerTalk’s daily soccer re-set

Oct 23, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

Champions League ball

Soccer birthdays:

If Pele isn’t the consensus as the best soccer player to ever live, he’s got to be in everyone’s top three or four. The Brazilian goal-scoring great turns 72 today.

Serbian international and current Zenit Saint Petersburg man Aleksandar Luković turns 30.

Welsh international Simon Davies, a former longtime Tottenham man, who turned into a longtime Fulham man, turns 33. And before we “leave” Craven Cottage, Jimmy Bullard turns 34. He passed and trapped around the West London ground for a couple of seasons.

Big Important Stories of the Day:

Champions League will dominate the talk, and our UCL expert around here warns that reigning champion Chelsea find themselves in a tricky spot when they meed Shakhtar Donetsk for Ukraine and the Donbass Arena.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day:  Tiffeny Milbrett

*Ahead on the blog today:

Lots of Champions League talk. Actually there is already a lot of UCL talk to explore, with previews from all four groups in action today.

We’ll also have a word about MLS scheduling to go along with the weekly league rankings, which are back after a week off during  the World Cup qualifying break.

Twitter dap:

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What you should watch on TV today:

Spartak Moscow vs. Benfica begins the day of Champions League greatness on Fox Soccer Channel. That one is up at noon (ET).

Manchester United hosts Braga from Portugal at 2:45 p.m. in the day’s other live viewing on FSC.

Barcelona-Celtic is on delay at 5 p.m. on FSC.

If the MLS playoffs started today (following 31 rounds):

Eastern Conference

(Wildcard round)

  • Houston at New York

(Second round)

  • Sporting Kansas City vs. Wildcard winner
  • Chicago vs. D.C. United

Western Conference:

(Wildcard round)

  • Vancouver Whitecaps at L.A. Galaxy

(Second Round)

  • San Jose vs. Wildcard winner
  • Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle

PST background noise while blogging today: Anything that keeps me from listening to more analysis of Presidential debates and polls. Let’s elect one of these guys already. (But that “anything” will probably be soccer podcasts.)

*Always subject to change; you know how it is

  1. ndnut - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Are any UCL games on delay or live on Fox Sports Net? I don’t get FSC, so I usually don’t get to see much before the final.

    • Steve Davis - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      check that Fox Sports Net site; I’m sure the info is there …

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