Fox Soccer Channel

August 09, 2007 09:30 ET

Exclusive Barclays Premier League Coverage Kicks off on Fox Soccer Channel This Week

LOS ANGELES--(Collegiate Presswire - August 9, 2007) - Setting the stage for the network's most comprehensive coverage of England's Barclays Premier League ever, Fox Soccer Channel today announced it will debut two new original programs this weekend dedicated to the world's most prestigious soccer league.

"Fox Soccer Match Day" is a new half-hour live show at 9:30 a.m. ET each Saturday that will preview the weekend's soccer action and feature in-depth analysis and predictions. Then, on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. ET, "Super Sunday +" will provide viewers with a fast-paced recap of the weekend's top soccer matches from England, the U.S. and around the world.

The 2007/08 Barclays Premier League season will commence on Fox Soccer Channel this Saturday, August 11, with the premiere of "Fox Soccer Match Day," at 9:30 a.m. followed by three exciting opening-day matches: West Ham United vs. Manchester City at 10 a.m. ET, Aston Villa vs. Liverpool at 12 p.m. and Derby vs. Portsmouth at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, Arsenal takes center stage when it hosts Fulham at 7 a.m. ET, while defending Premier League champion Manchester United faces Reading at 11 a.m.

"We are excited about the return of the Barclays Premier League to Fox Soccer Channel and the launch of these two new live studio shows," said David Sternberg, executive vice president and general manager of Fox Soccer Channel. "Our viewers will not only see great soccer match action each Saturday and Sunday this season, but will get all the previews, recaps and analysis they need to follow the Premiership in depth."

"Fox Soccer Match Day" and "Super Sunday +" will be hosted by Fox Soccer Channel commentators Christian Miles and Andy Houlihan. Former Queens Park Rangers standout Gary Richards will join the aforementioned duo to provide expert analysis during "Super Sunday +" which will feature highlights, interviews, tactical breakdowns and commentary about the weekend's world soccer action, with a particular emphasis on the Premier League, Italy's Serie A and America's own Major League Soccer and United Soccer Leagues.

Fox Soccer Channel's on-air coverage of the Barclays Premier League will be complemented by two new on-line offerings. Free highlights of all Premier League matches and a selection of full-length contests will be offered on a delayed basis at Fox Soccer Channel's Web site, www.foxsoccer.com, beginning this weekend. Full-match coverage will be available as pay-per-view and subscription services.

Below is a partial schedule of Fox Soccer Channel's 2007/08 Barclays Premier League telecasts:

Saturday, August 11 @ 10:00 a.m. ET (Live) West Ham United vs. Manchester City

Saturday, August 11 @ 12:00 p.m. ET (Live) Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Saturday, August 11 @ 2:30 p.m. ET Derby vs. Portsmouth

Sunday, August 12 @ 7:00 a.m. ET (Live) Arsenal vs. Fulham

Sunday, August 12 @ 11:00 a.m. ET (Live) Manchester United vs. Reading

Saturday, August 18 @ 10:00 a.m. ET (Live) Tottenham vs. Derby

Saturday, August 18 @ 12:00 p.m. ET Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa

Saturday, August 18 @ 2:30 p.m. ET Wigan vs. Sunderland

Sunday, August 19 @ 11:00 a.m. ET (Live) Liverpool vs. Chelsea

Saturday, August 25 @ 10:00 a.m. ET (Live) Arsenal vs. Manchester City

Saturday, August 25 @ 12:00 p.m. ET (Live) Everton vs. Blackburn

Sunday, August 26 @ 11:00 a.m. ET (Live) Manchester United vs. Tottenham

Note: Schedule subject to change.

For a complete schedule of Fox Soccer Channel's Barclays Premier League telecasts, please visit foxsoccer.com.

About Fox Soccer Channel

Fox Soccer Channel offers the most comprehensive coverage of world-class soccer available in the United States, including Major League Soccer, England's Barclays Premier League, Argentine First Division and Italian Serie A; as well as global tournaments such as the UEFA Cup, UEFA Women's Championship, English FA Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, CONCACAF Champions' Cup, and FA Community Shield. The Official Broadcast Partner of the United States Youth Soccer Association, Fox Soccer Channel also televises United Soccer Leagues and NCAA Division I college soccer matches. The channel reaches more than 30 million cable and satellite households in the U.S. and Caribbean.

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