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TV Preview: 29 July - 4 August 2011



Friday 29 July

16.45 Czech Republic v Serbia, UEFA U19 European Championships Semi Final, British Eurosport/HD
Everyone still keeping up with all these summer tournaments? This one in Romania is nearly over and a place in the Final is at stake. The Czechs topped Ireland's first round group with three wins out of three while Serbia trailed well behind Spain in the other.
18.45 Spain v Republic of Ireland, UEFA U19 European Championships Semi Final, British Eurosport/HD
A rare shot at glory for the Irish, regardless of the competition. After a win over Greece and a goalless draw against the tournament hosts, they now face four-time winners Spain. The Irish have the spirit, but do they have the skill? Stay tuned to find out...
20.45 England U20 v North Korea U20, FIFA U20 World Cup, British Eurosport/HD
Ooh look, another tournament. Hoping to do better than their best ever 3rd Place finish in Australia in 1993, coach Brian Eastick will initially be setting his Young Lions the task of ending a troubling run of 10 World Cup U20 matches without a win. The tournament continues in Colombia right through until August 20th and we'll try to pick out the key fixtures for you as things progress.

Saturday 30 July

12.00 St Johnstone v Rangers, SPL, ESPN/HD
The Saints struggled somewhat against Aberdeen last weekend but managed to hold out for a goalless draw. They'll be lucky to do the same against the reigning SPL champions who are also looking for their first win of the season.
22.25 Flamengo v Gremio, Brazilian National Championship, Premier Sports
A Ronaldinho hat-trick helped the Rubro-Negro come back from 3-0 down against Santos to win 5-4 this week. Against a Gremio team that have won only one of their last eight matches, Ronaldinho should score, ooh, about ten, we reckon.

Monday 1 August

18.00 Czech Rep/Serbia v Rep.Ireland/Spain, UEFA U19 European Championships Final, British Eurosport/HD
If the form book has any bearing on the occasion, we should be seeing a Czech Republic v Spain final, and if that's the case, we should also be seeing another piece of silverware heading back to the land of paella, bullfighting and inebriated English holiday-makers.

Wednesday 3 August

18.00 Malmo v Rangers, UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round 2nd Leg, Premier Sports
Rangers have to score at least two and shut out their hosts if they’re to go through to the next round - failing that, a single goal and a shut out will force the game into extra time. Ally McCoist must by now be wondering if he's still got Sue Barker's number on his mobile, let alone Walter Smith's.

Thursday 4 August

18.00 Hajduk Split v Stoke City, UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round 3 2nd Leg, Premier Sports
Before the first leg of this match, Stoke's last Euro outing was against Ajax in the 1974-75 UEFA Cup. Sadly they were defeated on the away goals rule in the First Round back then, but last season's FA Cup Final appearance means they now have an excellent chance to give a better account of themselves sur le continent.
23.00 Mexico U20 v England U20, FIFA U20 World Cup, British Eurosport/HD
England's third fixture in the group, three days after an untelevised second fixture against Argentina. By now, we'll know if England are still able to qualify for the next round, so it could all come down to who did best between themselves, Argentina and Mexico against the North Koreans.

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