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Football shows to tune in to this week

Goal.com lists some of the best shows on television which will keep your appetite for football satisfied throughout the week...

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The football season of 2012-13 is up and running, it's just not enough to merely watch the matches over the weekend. Football enthusiasts love keeping up to date with the latest in their favourite leagues. Goal lists a few shows you can catch to help you keep in touch with the world of football or catch up with what you've missed...

Global Football

Channel ESPN
Timings Friday 1930 IST
Content The ideal weekly show to keep up to date with the latest in world football. Updates football fans on what's happening on the field as well as behind the scenes across all the continents.
Comments For those who love to see how football is doing around the world then this is the show for you. Global Football will literally take you across the globe and keep you entertained with some highlights and captivated with off the field happenings. However, for those fans who like keeping their footballing experience exclusive to the major European leagues, this would turn out to be a waste of time. So it's not for everyone but definitely worth checking out.

Premier League World

Channel ESPN
Timings Friday at 1900 IST
Content It involves a segment which focuses on one particular Premier League star and often features a smaller segment with a different player as well. It also reflects a bit on the main events over the weekend and takes us behind the scenes to have a look at what the clubs are upto off the pitch.
Comments This show is a must watch for those fans who love to learn more about the players and clubs in the Premier League. Most fans who don't know too much about what their clubs are upto off the pitch and this is the best show to fill them in. Premier League World will give you an insight into the clubs' activities off the field where they try and make a difference in their communities. It also offers fans the chance to know a bit more about some of the Premier League stars through their exclusive interviews. But some of us need goals in a football show to stay tuned and that's something you won't see too much of in this one.

Liga BBVA Weekly Preview

Channel Star Sports
Timings Friday at 2230 IST
Content This show gives you a preview to all the La Liga games taking place over the weekend. They look at each team's form going into the game, the implications on the league table and any other sub-plots as well. It gives you a fair idea of what can be expected and will mention the players who will miss out through injury or suspension.
Comments You can build up your football appetite for the weekend with this preview show on a weekly basis. The show is great for learning about the absence of any player for a particular game and also gives you an idea of the state of each team. It's a good show for those who will be trying to sort out their online fantasy league teams before the weekend.

Premier League Preview

Channel ESPN
Timings Saturday at 0700 IST and repeat at 1200 IST
Content Preview to the weekend’s fixture in the Premier League which focuses on each team's form and what a result would mean to them in the league table. Offers updates on which players may miss the games due to injury or suspension. It also relays information on the happenings off the pitch as well which may affect the performances on it.
Comments Similar to the La Liga preview show, this one also focuses on events and news leading up to the games. Fantasy league managers would do well to tune in and find out which of their players may be missing their games. It's fairly early in the morning so that is a disadvantage for a Saturday but then again, there many better shows to wake up to if you love the Premier League.

Full Time Reaction

Channel ESPN
Timings Sunday at 0730 IST
Content Reaction from players and managers following the previous night’s Premier League games. Complete post-match interviews.
Comments Full Time Reaction is the perfect show to find out what the managers thought about last night's game. If you're lucky a couple of them may have had a go at the referee or better yet, each other, in their post-match interviews from the night before.

Premier League Highlights

Channel ESPN
Timings Wednesday at 1630 IST
Content Reaction from players and managers following the previous night’s Premier League games. Post-match interviews.
Comments If you missed any of the games on Saturday, fear not, you can still catch all the action by tuning in on Sunday morning for the Premier League Highlights show. If your favourite club enjoyed an emphatic victory or even a narrow one against fierce rivals, then this show will let you relive the best moments from the game once more and allow you to bask in the glory of the victory for a little longer.


Channel ESPN
Timings Wednesday at 1900 IST
Content All the goals from England's top flight and select games from the domestic cup competitions.
Comments You can catch all the goals from the Premier League as well as some from the other domestic cup competitions in England. Also picks out some of the top goals of the week.

Monday Night Verdict

Channel ESPN
Timings Monday at 1900 IST
Content Discussion on the main events of the weekend’s La Liga and Premier League games. Analysis of team's performances and discussions over controversies as well. Normally hosted by Andrew Leci while ex-Liverpool and England player, Steve McMahon brings his experience and thoughts to the table. Includes goals from the weekend's fixtures as well.
Comments Controversy is never hard to come by in football and this show feeds off it. The football pundits from ESPN will get together to discuss and debate some of the rather questionable decisions of referees or the conduct of the players. They also derive the implications of each result over the weekend and you can feast your eyes on the goals scored as well.

FIFA Futbol Mundial

Channel Ten Action
Timings Tuesday 2230 IST
Content FIFA Futbol Mundial is a magazine show that profiles some of the biggest players in world football while also broadcasting action from various FIFA events.
Comments This show gets in touch with some of the best players in history and gives the audience a chance to hear some of their fascinating experiences from their playing days. It gives us a glimpse into several FIFA events and is a good show to learn more about what FIFA are all about.

Being: Liverpool

Channel ESPN
Timings Not aired
Content "Being: Liverpool" is a fly-on-the-wall documentary series that gives you an intriguing insight into the new regime under Brendan Rodgers as he attempts to introduce a new brand of football to the Anfield faithful and restore Liverpool as a club to its glory days.
Comments Cameras are allowed full access to all aspects of the club and players. The audience can enjoy behind the scenes clips of what goes on during training sessions, in the gyms, in the changing rooms, during team meetings and even at the players' homes. A must watch for Liverpool fans and for football enthusiasts in general. Narrated by actor Clive Owen.

Countdown 2 Kickoff

Channel Ten Action
Timings Monday 2100 IST (C2K extra time weekly show)
Content This show provides an analysis of the Champions League games they feature on the night and manages to get some pre-game interviews from the managers as well. The show also offers a segment in which they categorize players and managers into the columns 'Legends', 'World Class' and 'Over-rated'. They also provide build-ups to the Spanish domestic cups. On Mondays, the show transform into "C2K Extra Time" where they discuss recent events and give their thoughts on games to come as well.
Comments Joe Morrison hosts the show but his real job could well be keeping the peace between pundits, Carlton Palmer and John "Budgie" Burridge. The banter between the two is definitely worth a few laughs. Probably the most humourous football show you can view in India. The show is light-hearted and provides a decent build-up to the Champions League games. If you fancy being a part of the fun then you can always send in your tweets to Joe Morrison who makes it a point to read out some of the best from the fans during the show.

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