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Saturday, June 9, 2012
June 9/10: What to watch, where to go


SATURDAY, JUNE 9
2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Germany vs. Portugal
ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

The Germans for so long relied on their organizational strengths and an often dour efficiency, prospering mightily from it. These aren't your old-school Germans: The attacking depth the Nationalmannschaft possesses is scary, and they head into Euro 2012 as a title favorite. Cristiano Ronaldo will need to provide a little magic if the Portuguese wish to survive. Replays: ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m. and 1 a.m.; ESPN2, 2:30 a.m.
Also
Netherlands vs. Denmark, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 8:45 a.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
Argentina at Brazil
GolTV, noon
Brazil, as host of the 2014 World Cup, is not involved in qualifying, so they get an array of friendlies while everyone else is playing real games. The Samba kings, looking to bounce back from last week's loss to Mexico, take on their archrival at the New Meadowlands. Replay: 6:30 p.m.
Argentine Primera Division
Boca Juniors at Banfield, GolTV, 10 a.m., 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
San Diego Boca at FC Santa Clarita
Golden Valley High School (Canyon Country), 5 p.m.

Tyler Coombes, Stephen Martines and Alex Harlley give the Storm a sparkling attack, and they're in position for a playoff berth after winning three of their last four games. Boca could climb back into contention with a victory.
Also
San Diego Flash at FC Hasental, Rancho Santa Susana Community Park (Simi Valley), 5 p.m.
Phoenix Monsoon at Fullerton Rangers, Santa Ana Stadium, 5:30 p.m.
USL Premier Development League
Fresno Fuego at Southern California Seahorses, Biola University (La Mirada), 7 p.m.

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
San Diego SeaLions at Beach FC
Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson), 7 p.m.
The WPSL's Pacific-South title likely is going to one of these sides, both bolstered with pro talent, both unbeaten. Long Beach's Beach FC makes its competitive Home Depot Center debut.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10
2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Spain vs. Italy
ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 8:45 a.m.

Are the Spaniards still the favorite without David Villa and Carles Puyol? Some say yes, some say no, we're not entirely sure, but with that midfield intact, how do you bet against them? Italy is reeling from another domestic match-fixing scandal, but remember what happened last time: They won the 2006 World Cup. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.; ESPN2, 10 p.m.
Also
Ireland vs. Croatia, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Houston Dynamo at Vancouver Whitecaps
MLS Direct Kick, 4 p.m.
The Dynamo have Honduran star Oscar Boniek Garcia coming, but not yet, and the injury bug has bitten. The 'Caps aren't 100 percent either, with Omar Salgado's fractured foot, and they haven't won in their last five, all competitions.
Brazilian Brasileirão
Botafogo at Nautico, GolTV, 2:30 p.m.
Argentine Primera B Nacional
Boca Unidos at River Plate, GolTV, 4:30 and 10 p.m. USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
Orange County Blue Star at Pali Blues
Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 3 p.m.

Blue Star looks to bounce back from its first PDL loss, a 2-1 heartbreaker against Southwest Division leader Ventura County Fusion. Pali looks for its first win, hoping to bounce back from a 6-1 loss to the Fusion.