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Planning your international soccer viewing on Wednesday

Nov 13, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

Lionel Messi

Internationals from other parts of the world are perennially high on the “cool factor” and equally low on the “convenience factor.”  It is what it is.

Luckily there are DVRs and computer-assisted daytime work viewing, sneaky and naughty as it may be. Hee-hee.

One way or the other, get it done! Here’s how we would arrange things Wednesday.

10 a.m. ET:

Get your second cup of Italian roast in hand and watch Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team finish its 2012 schedule. The following year will be stocking stuffed with final round World Cup qualifiers and the Gold Cup, so Wednesday’s contest may help reveal a few more clues as to whom Klinsmann will lean on in the coming months. The match is on ESPN2.

(MORE: on Timothy Chandler and “trust issues”)

(MORE: Jozy Altidore gets back into the team)

Noon ET:

Don’t expect Saudi Arabia to put up much resistance against the fabulous Leo Messi (pictured) and Argentina. But it should be a hoot for daytime viewing, as the South American giants play at the King Fahd International Stadium.

2:30 p.m. ET:

Life is about tough choices … and we can’t do everything for you around here. You’ll have to pick from two good ones, Sweden-England on GolTV, or old rivals Netherlands-Germany meeting on ESPN2.  (Of course, given the greatness of DVRs and such, I suppose it is possible to catch both.)

4 p.m. ET:

If one of the above matches gets out of hand, or goes a little humdrum on you (and assuming you’re among the lucky set already blessed with beIN Sport), click over at some point to Panama-Spain on the new Al Jazeera-backed channel. The European champions will be at far less than full strength for their trip into Central America, but there’s plenty of talent just the same.

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