Sunday, July 1, 2012
July 1/2: What to watch, where to go SUNDAY, JULY 1
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.
Third place: Union Espaņola (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
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
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.