Opening week of Euro 2012 kicks off: Netherlands vs Germany worthy of final

Iker Casillas, goalkeeper for Spain

Unless you’ve been living under some weird rock, you know the 2012 European Championship starts today and your DVRs are already set.

Friday opens with Group A contests between Poland & Greece and Russia & Czech Republic. Each of Saturday’s mouth-watering Group B matchups feature a tournament favorite – Netherlands plays Denmark, while Germany takes on Portugal, one of the highest-ranked underdogs in tournament history. More can’t-miss matches of opening week: Spain vs Italy on Sunday, June 10 (11:45a, ESPN), France vs England on Monday, June 11 (11:45a, ESPN)  and Netherlands vs Germany on Wednesday, June 13 (2:30p, ESPN). 

Check out the full Euro 2012 TV Schedule here.

If that’s not enough to satisfy your soccer thirst, there are some other big games (important, not Euro glamorous) happening this week. On Friday, June 8, the USMNT and Mexico start 2014 World Cup Qualifying with matches against Antigua & Barbuda and Guyana, respectively. But, unfortunately, it looks like (at present) the USMNT World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala on Tuesday, June 12 will only be broadcast on pay-per-view.

Now, log off the computer and go watch the Euro already.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8

3:00a UEFA Champions League FC Zurich vs. FC Bayern Munich Fox Soccer Replay
9:00a UEFA Champions League FC Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:30a 2012 UEFA European Championship Poland vs. Greece ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
1:00p Italian Serie A AC Milan vs. Inter Milan Fox Soccer Replay
2:30p 2012 UEFA European Championship Russia vs. Czech Republic ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
3:00p English Premier League Bolton vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Replay
3:00p International Friendly Brazil vs. Denmark GolTV Replay
5:00p Brazilian Soccer Corinthians vs. Figueirense GolTV Replay
7:00p 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier United States vs. Antigua & Barbuda ESPN, ESPN3, Galavision Live
7:50p 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico vs. Guyana Univision Live
8:00p English Premier League Bolton vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Replay
11:00p U.S. Open Cup, 4th Round Seattle Sounders vs. Cal FC Fox Soccer Replay

 
SATURDAY, JUNE 9

1:30a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier United States vs. Antigua & Barbuda ESPN2 Replay
3:00a UEFA Champions League KRC Genk vs. Maccabi Haifa Fox Soccer Replay
3:30a 2012 UEFA European Championship Poland vs. Greece ESPN2 Replay
5:30a 2012 UEFA European Championship Russia vs. Czech Republic ESPN2 Replay
11:45a 2012 UEFA European Championship Netherlands vs. Denmark ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
12:00p Italian Serie A AC Milan vs. Juventus Fox Soccer Replay
2:30p 2012 UEFA European Championship Germany vs. Portugal ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
3:00p U.S. Open Cup, 4th Round Seattle Sounders vs. Cal FC Fox Soccer Replay
6:00p International Rivalries Brazil vs. Argentina Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p English Premier League Manchester United vs. Chelsea Fox Soccer Replay
11:00p UEFA Champions League Udinese Calcio vs. Arsenal FC Fox Soccer Replay

 
SUNDAY, JUNE 10

3:00a UEFA Champions League Udinese Calcio vs. Arsenal FC Fox Soccer Replay
4:00a English Premier League Tottenham vs. Liverpool Fox Soccer Plus Replay
5:30a 2012 UEFA European Championship Germany vs. Portugal ESPN2 Replay
9:00a UEFA Champions League Chelsea FC vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:00a English Premier League Chelsea vs. Swansea City Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:45a 2012 UEFA European Championship Spain vs. Italy ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
12:00p Italian Serie A Roma vs. Lazio Fox Soccer Replay
2:30p 2012 UEFA European Championship Republic of Ireland vs. Croatia ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
3:00p English Premier League Tottenham vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Replay
6:00p English Premier League Fulham vs. Manchester City Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:00p English Premier League Tottenham vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Replay
11:00p UEFA Champions League FC Barcelona vs. AC Milan Fox Soccer Replay

 
MONDAY, JUNE 11

1:00a 2012 UEFA European Championship Spain vs. Italy ESPN2 Replay
3:00a UEFA Champions League FC Barcelona vs. AC Milan Fox Soccer Replay
4:00a English Premier League Chelsea vs. Swansea City Fox Soccer Plus Replay
7:30a Brazilian Soccer Flamengo vs. Coritiba ESPN Deportes Taped
9:30a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Costa Rica vs. El Salvador ESPN Deportes Taped from 6/8
11:00a French Ligue 1 LOSC Lille Metropole vs. Montpellier Herault SC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:45a 2012 UEFA European Championship France vs. England ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
1:00p UEFA Champions League Chelsea FC vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fox Soccer Replay
2:30p 2012 UEFA European Championship Ukraine vs. Sweden ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
3:00p English Premier League Bolton vs. Manchester City Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p UEFA Champions League SL Benfica vs. Manchester united FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
6:00p International Rivalries Italy vs. France vs. Yugoslavia Fox Soccer Replay
7:00p 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Honduras vs. Panama ESPN Deportes Taped from 6/8
8:00p English Premier League Manchester City vs. Aston Villa Fox Soccer Replay
11:00p UEFA Champions League Chelsea FC vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fox Soccer Replay

 
TUESDAY, JUNE 12

12:00a French Ligue 1 Olympique Lyonnais vs. Olympique de Marseille Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00a UEFA Champions League FC Barcelona vs. AC Milan Fox Soccer Replay
4:00a French Ligue 1 LOSC Lille Metropole vs. Montpellier Herault SC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:00a French Ligue 1 Olympique Lyonnais vs. Olympique de Marseille Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:45a 2012 UEFA European Championship Greece vs. Czech Republic ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
1:00p UEFA Champions League Borussia Dortmund vs. Arsenal FC Fox Soccer Replay
2:30p 2012 UEFA European Championship Poland vs. Russia ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
3:00p English Premier League Tottenham vs. Manchester City Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p UEFA Champions League FC Rubin Kazan vs. Olympique Lyonnais Fox Soccer Plus Replay
6:30p Premier League Archives Chelsea vs. Wimbledon Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p English Premier League Chelsea vs. Everton Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p 2012 UEFA European Championship Poland vs. Russia ESPN2 Replay
8:30p Premier League Archives Arsenal vs. Charlton Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:00p 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Panama vs. Cuba ESPN Deportes Live
9:30p Rumbo al Mundial El Salvador vs. Mexico Telemundo Live
11:00p UEFA Champions League Borussia Dortmund vs. Arsenal FC Fox Soccer Replay

 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

12:00a French Ligue 1 Girondins de Bordeaux vs. LOSC Lille Metropole Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00a UEFA Champions League Udinese Calcio vs. Arsenal FC Fox Soccer Replay
4:00a French Ligue 1 Girondins de Bordeaux vs. Paris Saint-Germain Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:00a French Ligue 1 Girondins de Bordeaux vs. LOSC Lille Metropole Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:45a 2012 UEFA European Championship Denmark vs. Portugal ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
2:30p 2012 UEFA European Championship Netherlands vs. Germany ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
3:00p English Premier League Manchester United vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Replay
6:00p The FA Classic Collection Manchester United vs. Newcastle United Fox Soccer Replay
6:30p The FA Classic Collection Luton Town vs. West Ham United Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:00p English Premier League Newcastle vs. Tottenham Fox Soccer Replay

 
THURSDAY, JUNE 14

12:00a French Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain vs. Olympique Lyonnais Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00a UEFA Champions League KRC Genk vs. Maccabi Haifa Fox Soccer Replay
11:00a French Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain vs. Olympique Lyonnais Fox Soccer Plus Replay
11:45a 2012 UEFA European Championship Italy vs. Croatia ESPN2, ESPN Deportes Live
1:00p UEFA Champions League Manchester City vs. SSC Napoli Fox Soccer Replay
2:30p 2012 UEFA European Championship Spain vs. Republic of Ireland ESPN2, ESPN Deportes Live
3:00p English Premier League Bolton vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p UEFA Champions League KRC Genk vs. Chelsea FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:00p English Premier League Manchester United vs. Manchester City Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p 2012 UEFA European Championship Italy vs. Croatia ESPN2 Replay
10:00p 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Guatemala vs. United States ESPN Deportes Replay
11:00p UEFA Champions League Manchester City vs. SSC Napoli Fox Soccer Replay

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