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July 1/2: What to watch, where to go

7/1/2012

SUNDAY, JULY 1

  • TELEVISION

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Spain vs. Italy

ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.


The Spaniards with a win would become the first side ever to win three successive major championships, but they're hypnotic brand of possession soccer hasn't been so dominant without a true forward. The Italians have been outstanding -- especially Andrea Pirlo and, certainly in the semifinal win over Germany, the mercurial Mario Balotelli -- and outplayed Spain in a 1-1 tie in their group opener. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES SUB-20

Defensor Sporting (Uruguay) vs. River Plate (Argentina)

Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

What a week for River Plate. The storied Buenos Aires club clinched the Primera B Nacional title to regain its spot in Argentina's top league (after relegation a year ago for the first time in its 110-year existence), and now its youngsters can claim South America's title in Lima at the second under-20 championship.

Also

Third place: Union Española (Chile) vs. Corinthians (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Brazilian Brasileirão

Atletico Mineiro at Gremio, GolTV, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL W-LEAGUE

Vancouver Whitecaps at Santa Clarita Blue Heat

Valencia High School (Valencia), 2 p.m.


The Whitecaps complete their three-game swing through SoCal with a rematch of last year's Western Conference final. Both sides need to win out to keep their remote postseason hopes alive.

MONDAY, JUNE 2

  • TELEVISION

FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

England vs. Azerbaijan

Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.


Europe's qualifiers for next year's tournament in Tahiti, with 24 teams spread among six groups, is going on this week in Moscow, and Fox

Also

Latvia vs. Russia, Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m.

Moldova vs. Portugal, Fox Soccer Plus, 6 a.m.

France vs. Czech Republic, Fox Soccer Plus, 8 a.m.

Norway vs. Spain, Fox Soccer Plus, 9 a.m.