POSTED: Thursday February 24th 2011
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FOX SOCCER'S INAUGURAL "CLASH OF THE GIANTS" WEEK CELEBRATES THE WORLD'S MOST STORIED CLUBS AND RIVALRIES THROUGH LIVE AND CLASSIC MATCHES
Unprecedented week of programming includes live clashes between Chelsea-Manchester United, Juventus-AC Milan, FA Cup rematch of Arsenal-Leyton Orient, and culminating with Liverpool- Manchester United
Los Angeles (February 24, 2011) - European club soccer’s knights of the round table - Barclays Premier League giants Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, Spanish La Liga super clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Italian Serie A traditional powers AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus - convene as FOX Soccer celebrates its inaugural “Clash of the Giants” week in high definition from Feb. 28-March 6, 2011.
America’s leading soccer media brand will showcase these clubs through important live matches that carry domestic league title implications as well as archived, classic matches that highlight European soccer’s most storied, successful clubs and most intense rivalries. The aforementioned clubs have combined to win 166 domestic, top-flight league titles and 32 European Cups (UEFA Champions League titles).
“Clash of the Giants” week will also feature ten of the world’s 12 most valuable soccer clubs, totaling a combined net worth of over $9 billion and generating over $3.7 billion in revenue through the 2009-10 season.
Three of soccer’s grandest club rivalries take center stage during “Clash of the Giants” week as Chelsea hosts Manchester United on Tuesday, March 1, Juventus hosts AC Milan in the Serie A on Saturday, March 5, and Liverpool hosts Manchester United on Sunday, March 6. FOX Soccer’s Super Sunday + will preview and recap Liverpool-Manchester United on Sunday at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.
Manchester United-Liverpool is the most storied rivalry in English soccer as both clubs have won an English record 18 top-flight, domestic titles. Liverpool’s five European Championships are most among English teams, with Manchester United having won three. Premier League leader Manchester United, which has won 11 of the first 18 Premier League titles since it was created in 1992, has remarkably lost only twice over all competitions in the 2010-11 campaign.
Earlier in “Clash of the Giants” week, Manchester United travels to reigning Premier League champion Chelsea on Tuesday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET in the latest edition of their burgeoning rivalry that has seen the clubs split the past six Premier League titles. A special edition of FOX Soccer Match Day will preview and analyze this titanic clash at 2 p.m. ET.
Arsenal, currently second in the Premier League, also features prominently on FOX Soccer Channel’s live schedule. It hosts a fifth-round FA Cup replay against Leyton Orient - which kept this tie alive with a thrilling 89th-minute goal last weekend - on Wednesday, March 2, with a view towards creating another tantalizing clash with Manchester United in the FA Cup quarterfinals. Arsenal then faces Sunderland to kick off a Premier League doubleheader on Saturday, March 5.
Serie A leader AC Milan begins “Clash of the Giants” week on FOX Soccer Channel by hosting Napoli, second place in Serie A, at the San Siro.
Archived Manchester United matches to air during this week include its 2001 Charity Shield meeting with Liverpool, its decisive Champions League Round-of-16 showdown with AC Milan from March 10, 2010, its 2004 Community Shield grudge match against Arsenal, and a 1996 fifth-round FA Cup derby with Manchester City. Other archived matches featuring England’s big four clubs includes Liverpool vs. Arsenal from Aug. 15, Chelsea vs. Arsenal from Oct. 3, and the 2002 FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal.
Barcelona, the consensus best club in the world at present, and Real Madrid, considered the best club of all-time, will be showcased through FOX Soccer’s UEFA Champions League archives in March’s first week. FOX Soccer Channel will air Barcelona’s 2010 Champions League semifinal with Inter Milan and a 2009 group stage match between Real Madrid and AC Milan.
Not only did Inter Milan beat Barcelona in last year’s Champions League semifinal on the way to capturing last year’s European Cup, but it also won Serie A in 2010. Its derby match with AC Milan from Jan. 24, 2010 is a featured, classic match that revives the thrill behind its title run.
In an exciting twist, FOX Soccer will also empower soccer fans at home to direct its “Clash of the Giants” week programming through the “Clash of the Giants: Viewer’s Choice Match” poll at www.foxsoccer.com. Beginning Sunday, Feb. 27, fans can go online and vote to watch one of the following matches on FOX Soccer Channel on Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET - the Chelsea-Liverpool Premier League match from Feb. 6, 2011, the 1971 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Liverpool, and the 1994 FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea.
For a complete list of FOX Soccer’s match programming during “Clash of the Giants” week (Feb. 28-March 6), please see below or visit www.foxsoccer.com.
FOX Soccer’s “Clash of the Giants” Week Live Television Schedule (Feb. 28-March 6):
Home team listed first; all times Eastern (subject to change).
Monday, February 28
Italian Serie A - AC Milan vs. Napoli, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1
English Premier League - Chelsea vs. Manchester United, 2:30 p.m.
CONCACAF Champions League (Quarterfinal, 2nd leg) - Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, 10 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2
FA Cup (fifth round replay) - Arsenal vs. Leyton Orient, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5
English Premier League - Arsenal vs. Sunderland, 10:00 a.m.
English Premier League - Manchester City vs. Wigan, 12:30 p.m.
Italian Serie A - Juventus vs. AC Milan, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 6
English Premier League - Liverpool vs. Manchester United, 8:30 a.m.
English Premier League - Wolverhampton vs. Tottenham, 11:00 a.m.
Italian Serie A - Lazio vs. Palermo, 2:30 p.m.
Italian Serie A - Inter Milan vs. Genoa, 5:00 p.m. (same day delay)
Ø “Clash of the Giants” week archived matches from the FOX Soccer library:
English Premier League
Thursday, March 3 - Tottenham vs. Chelsea (April 17, 2010), 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 3 - Chelsea vs. Arsenal (Oct. 3, 2010), 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 4 - Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Aug. 15, 2010), 3:00 p.m.
Italian Serie A
Thursday, March 3 - Inter Milan vs. AC Milan (Jan. 24, 2010), 1:00 p.m.
Friday, March 4 - Roma vs. Inter Milan (Sept. 25, 2010), 1:00 p.m.
UEFA Champions League
Monday, Feb. 28 - Lyon vs. Bordeaux (March 30, 2010), 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1 - Real Madrid vs. AC Milan (Oct. 21, 2009), 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2 - Manchester United vs. AC Milan (March 10, 2010), 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 3 - FC Barcelona vs. Inter Milan (April 28, 2010), 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2 - Manchester United vs. Manchester City (FA Cup 5th Round; Feb. 18, 1996), 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 3 - Arsenal vs. Manchester United (Community Shield; Aug. 8, 2004), 11:00 p.m.
Friday, March 4 - Arsenal vs. Chelsea (FA Cup final; May 4, 2002), 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 - Liverpool vs. Manchester United (Charity Shield; Aug. 12, 2001), 11:00 p.m.
“Clash of the Giants: Viewer’s Choice Match”
Friday, March 4 - Match TBD (by poll participants on Foxsoccer.com), 8 p.m.
About FOX Soccer
FOX Soccer, part of the FOX Sports Media Group, offers the most comprehensive multi-media coverage of world-class soccer available in the United States. Encompassing FOX Soccer Channel, FOX Soccer Plus, FOXsoccer.com and FOXsoccer.tv, the network serves as the primary television and online destination in the U.S. for elite club competitions including England’s Barclays Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. Matches from Italy’s Serie A, Women’s Professional Soccer, and the Australian Hyundai A-League are also featured prominently, in addition to such global tournaments as the English FA Cup, CONCACAF Champions League™ and CONCACAF Gold Cup. Flagship FOX Soccer Channel is Nielsen-rated and available to service providers in high-definition, reaching more than 38 million cable and satellite households nationwide. FOX Soccer Plus is a premium network complementing FOX Soccer Channel by providing the best international sports experience in high-definition. In addition to live, exclusive soccer matches from the best leagues in the world, FOX Soccer Plus also delivers premium rugby from the Magners League, Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup among other competitions. Live match coverage is also available online via premium broadband service FOXsoccer.tv, and for fans on-the-go, via the new FOX Soccer iPhone app. For more information - as well as news, features, analysis stats and more - visit one of America’s most-trafficked online soccer destinations at FOXsoccer.com, and the network’s Facebook page and Twitter feed (@FOXSoccer).
About FOX Sports Media Group
FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands that are capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG now includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; FOX Soccer Channel and FOX Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com on MSN, whatifsports.com, scout.com and yardbarker.com, reaching over 20 million unique visitors monthly. Also included are Fox’s interests in joint-venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network, FOX Sports Skybox restaurants and FOX Sports Grills.
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Name: Whit Haskel
Organization: Fox Soccer Channel
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