Bayern Munich vs Chelsea: Champions League Final airs on FOX

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben

Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben

First off, it’s been a weird week for soccer. Perhaps the chaos that reigned, National Lampoon-style, during my recent “vacation” to an out-of-state wedding (a.k.a. trip from hell, thanks a lot Murphy) extended beyond the Rocky Mountains and cast its destructive powers on my beloved sport, as well.

Manchester City buys wins Premier League title

Yep. That happened.

Goodbye, Women’s Soccer

The WPS permanently suspended operations after three seasons. Yeah, that f*@#ing happened, too.

This is the second professional US women’s soccer league to collapse; the WUSA ended in 2003 after three seasons. Perhaps the semi-pro leagues, WPSL and W-League, can step up. Then again, maybe there simply isn’t an audience here for soccer ladies, at least not until World Cup time. Oh, and Dancing With the Stars. That’s a pretty good gig, too.

What it would take for a US women’s soccer league to last? Pull a League of Their Own marketing strategy and shorten the skirts, er shorts? Vet potential owners better and make sure not to approve sexist d-bags? Feel free to post your thoughts below.

At least there’s something awesome coming up this weekend that should break this horrifying pattern of chaos, and that is the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final:

Champions League Final on Saturday, May 19

Bayern Munich takes on Chelsea in the CL championship on Saturday, May 19. Both Spanish super clubs (Real Madrid and Barcelona) were ousted in the semis, though props to all four teams for creating some seriously exciting soccer for us fans. Stoppage time winners, cards, penalties… It was truly a pleasure to watch.

For the final, though, both Bayern and Chelsea will be down several starters. A total of seven players are on suspension, including Blues’ captain John Terry. Bayern is in the unique position of having home-field advantage, which could tip the game in their favor.

I say desperation (and a high-level of handsome, in the form of almost not under-performing striker Fernando Torres) might give Chelsea a bit of an edge. After placing sixth in the Premier League (seriously, sixth!?), they’ll be holding tight to their last tiny shreds of dignity. I mean, come on, Chelsea’s no Liverpool. Either way, here’s hoping Bayern and Chelsea put on as good a show as they did in the semis.

2012 Champions League Final: Bayern Munich vs Chelsea on Saturday, May 19 at 2:30p, pre-game coverage beginning at 2p (FOX)

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FRIDAY, MAY 18

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
3:00a Brazilian Soccer Santos FC vs. Guarani SP GolTV Replay
9:00a UEFA Champions League: Semifinal Barcelona vs. Chelsea Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:00a Spanish Primera Division FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid ESPN Deportes Replay
11:00a UEFA Champions League: Semifinal Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich Fox Soccer Plus Replay
1:00p UEFA Champions League: Semifinal Chelsea FC vs. Barcelona FC Fox Soccer Replay
1:00p English Premier League Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers ESPN Deportes Replay
3:00p UEFA Champions League: Semifinal FC Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid CF Fox Soccer Replay
3:00p German Bundesliga Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Hertha BSC GolTV Replay
5:00p UEFA Champions League Chelsea FC vs. SSC Napoli Fox Soccer Replay

 

SATURDAY, MAY 19

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
9:00a International Rivalries Italy vs. France vs. Yugoslavia Fox Soccer Plus Replay
10:00a English npower Championship Blackpool vs. West Ham United Fox Soccer Live
11:00a German Bundesliga Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Hertha BSC GolTV Replay
1:00p UEFA U-17 Germany vs. Netherlands GolTV Replay
2:30p UEFA Champions League: Final Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea FOX Live
4:00p International Rivalries England vs. Germany Fox Soccer Replay
5:30p International Exhibition Match World All-Stars vs. Bayern All-Stars Fox Soccer Taped
5:30p Brazilian Soccer Sport vs. Flamengo GolTV Live
5:55p International Club Friendly America de Cali vs. Atletico Madrid ESPN Deportes Live
7:30p Argentine Soccer River Plate vs. Guillermo Brown GolTV Same-day Tape
8:00p UEFA Champions League: Final Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea Fox Soccer Replay
9:00p English npower Championship Blackpool vs. West Ham United Fox Soccer Plus Replay
10:30p MLS Soccer LA Galaxy at Chivas USA ESPN2, ESPN Deportes Live
11:30p Brazilian Soccer Sport vs. Flamengo GolTV Replay

 

SUNDAY, MAY 20

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
3:00a UEFA Champions League: Final Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a Argentine Soccer River Plate vs. Guillermo Brown GolTV Replay
6:00a Football Rivalries Arsenal vs. Tottenham and Dinamo Zagreb vs. Hajduk Split Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:00a UEFA U-17 Germany vs. Netherlands GolTV Replay
12:00p UEFA Champions League: Final Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea Fox Soccer Replay
2:55p Brazilian Soccer Botafogo vs. Sao Paulo ESPN Deportes Live
3:00p French Ligue 1 Lorient vs. Paris Saint-Germain Fox Soccer Live
3:00p French Ligue 1 AJ Auxerre vs. Montpellier Fox Soccer Plus Live
5:00p UEFA Champions League: Final Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea Fox Soccer Plus Replay
6:00p Argentine Soccer Racing Club vs. Boca Juniors GolTV Live
7:00p MLS Soccer Chivas USA at San Jose Earthquakes Galavision Replay
8:00p French Ligue 1 Lorient vs. Paris Saint-Germain Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p Uruguayan Soccer Penarol vs. Nacional GolTV Same-day Tape
9:00p Mexican Primera Division Santos vs. Monterrey Telefutura Live

 

MONDAY, MAY 21

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
12:00a English npower Championship Blackpool vs. West Ham United Fox Soccer Plus Replay
1:00a Argentine Soccer Racing Club vs. Boca Juniors GolTV Replay
3:00a French Ligue 1 Lorient vs. Paris Saint-Germain Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a UEFA U-17 Germany vs. Netherlands GolTV Replay
1:00p Italian Serie A: 2010/11 AC Milan vs. Lazio Fox Soccer Replay
1:00p Uruguayan Soccer Penarol vs. Nacional GolTV Replay
3:00p English Premier League: 2011/12 Liverpool vs. Bolton Fox Soccer Replay
3:00p Brazilian Soccer Sport vs. Flamengo GolTV Replay
5:00p Football Rivalries Ajax vs. Feyenoord and Flamengo vs. Fluminese Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p English npower Championship Blackpool vs. West Ham United Fox Soccer Replay
11:00p English Premier League: 2011/12 Liverpool vs. Bolton Fox Soccer Replay

 

TUESDAY, MAY 22

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
3:00a Italian Serie A: 2010/11 AC Milan vs. Lazio Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a Uruguayan Soccer Penarol vs. Nacional GolTV Replay
1:00p Italian Serie A: 2011/12 Palermo vs. Inter Milan Fox Soccer Replay
2:25p International Exhibition Match Bayern Munich vs. Netherlands ESPN Deportes Live
3:00p English Premier League: 2011/12 Manchester City vs. Wigan Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p UEFA Champions League: Final Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea Fox Soccer Replay
9:00p French Ligue 1 AJ Auxerre vs. Montpellier Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:00p English Premier League: 2011/12 Manchester City vs. Wigan Fox Soccer Replay

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
3:00a Italian Serie A: 2011/12 Palermo vs. Inter Milan Fox Soccer Replay
1:00p Italian Serie A: 2011/12 Napoli vs. AC Milan Fox Soccer Replay
3:00p English Premier League: 2011/12 Stoke City vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Replay
3:00p German Bundesliga Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Hertha BSC GolTV Replay
5:00p International Rivalries Portugal vs. Spain vs. Uruguay vs. Argentina/Brazil Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p Argentine Soccer Racing Club vs. Boca Juniors GolTV Replay
8:00p French Ligue 1 Lorient vs. Paris Saint-Germain Fox Soccer Replay
11:00p English Premier League: 2011/12 Stoke City vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Replay

 

THURSDAY, MAY 24

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
3:00a Italian Serie A: 2011/12 Napoli vs. AC Milan Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a German Bundesliga Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Hertha BSC GolTV Replay
12:00p Esperanzas de Toulon 2012 Marruecos vs. Mexico Telemundo Live
1:00p Italian Serie A: 2011/12 Inter Milan vs. Napoli Fox Soccer Replay
3:00p English Premier League: 2011/12 Tottenham vs. Queens Park Rangers Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p Brazilian Soccer Sport vs. Flamengo GolTV Replay
9:00p English npower Championship Blackpool vs. West Ham United Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:00p English Premier League: 2011/12 Tottenham vs. Queens Park Rangers Fox Soccer Replay

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