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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Where to watch the best soccer games on US television networks. All times Eastern.

FRIDAY, MAY 18

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
3:00aBrazilian SoccerSantos FC vs. Guarani SPGolTVReplay
9:00aUEFA Champions League: SemifinalBarcelona vs. ChelseaFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00aSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real MadridESPN DeportesReplay
11:00aUEFA Champions League: SemifinalReal Madrid vs. Bayern MunichFox Soccer PlusReplay
1:00pUEFA Champions League: SemifinalChelsea FC vs. Barcelona FCFox SoccerReplay
1:00pEnglish Premier LeagueManchester City vs. Queens Park RangersESPN DeportesReplay
3:00pUEFA Champions League: SemifinalFC Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid CFFox SoccerReplay
3:00pGerman BundesligaFortuna Dusseldorf vs. Hertha BSCGolTVReplay
5:00pUEFA Champions LeagueChelsea FC vs. SSC NapoliFox SoccerReplay

 

SATURDAY, MAY 19

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
9:00aInternational RivalriesItaly vs. France vs. YugoslaviaFox Soccer PlusReplay
10:00aEnglish npower ChampionshipBlackpool vs. West Ham UnitedFox SoccerLive
11:00aGerman BundesligaFortuna Dusseldorf vs. Hertha BSCGolTVReplay
1:00pUEFA U-17Germany vs. NetherlandsGolTVReplay
2:30pUEFA Champions League: FinalBayern Munich vs. ChelseaFOXLive
4:00pInternational RivalriesEngland vs. GermanyFox SoccerReplay
5:30pInternational Exhibition MatchWorld All-Stars vs. Bayern All-StarsFox SoccerTaped
5:30pBrazilian SoccerSport vs. FlamengoGolTVLive
5:55pInternational Club FriendlyAmerica de Cali vs. Atletico MadridESPN DeportesLive
7:30pArgentine SoccerRiver Plate vs. Guillermo BrownGolTVSame-day Tape
8:00pUEFA Champions League: FinalBayern Munich vs. ChelseaFox SoccerReplay
9:00pEnglish npower ChampionshipBlackpool vs. West Ham UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
10:30pMLS SoccerLA Galaxy at Chivas USAESPN2, ESPN DeportesLive
11:30pBrazilian SoccerSport vs. FlamengoGolTVReplay

 

SUNDAY, MAY 20

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
3:00aUEFA Champions League: FinalBayern Munich vs. ChelseaFox SoccerReplay
3:00aArgentine SoccerRiver Plate vs. Guillermo BrownGolTVReplay
6:00aFootball RivalriesArsenal vs. Tottenham and Dinamo Zagreb vs. Hajduk SplitFox Soccer PlusReplay
11:00aUEFA U-17Germany vs. NetherlandsGolTVReplay
12:00pUEFA Champions League: FinalBayern Munich vs. ChelseaFox SoccerReplay
2:55pBrazilian SoccerBotafogo vs. Sao PauloESPN DeportesLive
3:00pFrench Ligue 1Lorient vs. Paris Saint-GermainFox SoccerLive
3:00pFrench Ligue 1AJ Auxerre vs. MontpellierFox Soccer PlusLive
5:00pUEFA Champions League: FinalBayern Munich vs. ChelseaFox Soccer PlusReplay
6:00pArgentine SoccerRacing Club vs. Boca JuniorsGolTVLive
7:00pMLS SoccerChivas USA at San Jose EarthquakesGalavisionReplay
8:00pFrench Ligue 1Lorient vs. Paris Saint-GermainFox SoccerReplay
8:00pUruguayan SoccerPenarol vs. NacionalGolTVSame-day Tape
9:00pMexican Primera DivisionSantos vs. MonterreyTelefuturaLive

 

MONDAY, MAY 21

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aEnglish npower ChampionshipBlackpool vs. West Ham UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
1:00aArgentine SoccerRacing Club vs. Boca JuniorsGolTVReplay
3:00aFrench Ligue 1Lorient vs. Paris Saint-GermainFox SoccerReplay
3:00aUEFA U-17Germany vs. NetherlandsGolTVReplay
1:00pItalian Serie A: 2010/11AC Milan vs. LazioFox SoccerReplay
1:00pUruguayan SoccerPenarol vs. NacionalGolTVReplay
3:00pEnglish Premier League: 2011/12Liverpool vs. BoltonFox SoccerReplay
3:00pBrazilian SoccerSport vs. FlamengoGolTVReplay
5:00pFootball RivalriesAjax vs. Feyenoord and Flamengo vs. FlumineseFox SoccerReplay
8:00pEnglish npower ChampionshipBlackpool vs. West Ham UnitedFox SoccerReplay
11:00pEnglish Premier League: 2011/12Liverpool vs. BoltonFox SoccerReplay

 

TUESDAY, MAY 22

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
3:00aItalian Serie A: 2010/11AC Milan vs. LazioFox SoccerReplay
3:00aUruguayan SoccerPenarol vs. NacionalGolTVReplay
1:00pItalian Serie A: 2011/12Palermo vs. Inter MilanFox SoccerReplay
2:25pInternational Exhibition MatchBayern Munich vs. NetherlandsESPN DeportesLive
3:00pEnglish Premier League: 2011/12Manchester City vs. WiganFox SoccerReplay
8:00pUEFA Champions League: FinalBayern Munich vs. ChelseaFox SoccerReplay
9:00pFrench Ligue 1AJ Auxerre vs. MontpellierFox Soccer PlusReplay
11:00pEnglish Premier League: 2011/12Manchester City vs. WiganFox SoccerReplay

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
3:00aItalian Serie A: 2011/12Palermo vs. Inter MilanFox SoccerReplay
1:00pItalian Serie A: 2011/12Napoli vs. AC MilanFox SoccerReplay
3:00pEnglish Premier League: 2011/12Stoke City vs. Manchester UnitedFox SoccerReplay
3:00pGerman BundesligaFortuna Dusseldorf vs. Hertha BSCGolTVReplay
5:00pInternational RivalriesPortugal vs. Spain vs. Uruguay vs. Argentina/BrazilFox SoccerReplay
5:00pArgentine SoccerRacing Club vs. Boca JuniorsGolTVReplay
8:00pFrench Ligue 1Lorient vs. Paris Saint-GermainFox SoccerReplay
11:00pEnglish Premier League: 2011/12Stoke City vs. Manchester UnitedFox SoccerReplay

 

THURSDAY, MAY 24

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
3:00aItalian Serie A: 2011/12Napoli vs. AC MilanFox SoccerReplay
3:00aGerman BundesligaFortuna Dusseldorf vs. Hertha BSCGolTVReplay
12:00pEsperanzas de Toulon 2012Marruecos vs. MexicoTelemundoLive
1:00pItalian Serie A: 2011/12Inter Milan vs. NapoliFox SoccerReplay
3:00pEnglish Premier League: 2011/12Tottenham vs. Queens Park RangersFox SoccerReplay
5:00pBrazilian SoccerSport vs. FlamengoGolTVReplay
9:00pEnglish npower ChampionshipBlackpool vs. West Ham UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
11:00pEnglish Premier League: 2011/12Tottenham vs. Queens Park RangersFox SoccerReplay

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