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March 2, 2010

Open Thread: Ireland v Brazil

Ireland may not have made the World Cup thanks to Thierry Henry and his magical hand (I know, I know…it was tied but it’s more fun this way), but at least they will be able to pretend the country is fighting for a place in the knockout rounds of the World Cup by taking on one of the favorites, Brazil, in today’s match.

Did you know that Brazil has played exactly one friendly within the borders of Brazil since August 16, 2006? After today, Brazil will have played double that amount in Ireland during the same time period. (They have played six in London in that same time.)

In other news, Fox Soccer has a new online streaming video site. They have called it the very snappy foxsoccer.tv and they are pushing live Internet streaming of matches online. With prices ranging from $5/day; $15/month or watch the rest of the season (May 31st) for $45. We received a Press Release that we weren’t going to openly pimp, but we seem to be in agreement on the idea. Expect that you can pay $15 a month during the full season. While that seems excessive for some of us cheap sob’s, when you balance it against the idea you can watch a full slate of football every week off your machine, it will make you think twice. Yes, all the various streaming sites we all use in order to watch the latest La Liga or Serie A obscure matches will still be needed, but prime EPL and Champions League matches will be easily watched (and from work! woot!). Their press release has 17 live events for this week, but 7 of them are Rugby, 4 FA Cup, 2 Argentinean Soccer, one U-21 match, one International Friendly and the EPL match is Arsenal vs. Burnley.

Play in the comments sandbox, please. Also, let us know if you think you would pay for this (provided you don’t get it on your boob tube as it is).



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13 Comments


  1. No Ligue 1 means no $$ from me. Anti-Gallic bastards!


  2. The Stretford End

    I saw Thierry Henry’s Magic Hand on Cinemax last night. Needed more money shots.

    And I’m already in for $15 for Fox Soccer Plus. They ain’t getting another dime outta me.


  3. ben

    I will continue to hunt for streams of questionable provenance and quality, and keep my money for something else.
    And I really hope the Irish stick it to Robinho and his pals.


  4. Ryan

    Will it really include Champions League? I was under the impression all of that was done through UEFA.com now.


  5. @Ryan – my sense is that it will include the “step-children” CL matches (usually the ones that aren’t broadcast live, but get relegated to a 12am re-broadcast on the same day)


  6. this match sure is generating plenty of comments!

    Brazil 1-0 Ireland due to a Keith Andrews OG.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.


  7. danV

    anywhere to watch?


  8. whizalen

    can anyone point me in the direction of a progamming lineup for fox soccer plus? I have the sports pack for directv – which includes fsc and gol – and I won’t have both. But is it worth it to switch to fsc+ if it offers more of what I want to watch? Honestly, I’m more likely to watch rugby than la liga b/c I cannot handle the gol commentators


  9. @whizzinator: Here’s the page for FSC+ but it just gives you pretty pictures of the different leagues/competitions it broadcasts. Not a lineup per se.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/plus


  10. James T

    IT’S ONLY 1-0?!?!?!? AND IT WAS AN OWN GOAL!?!?!


  11. oh look, Robinho scored


  12. jjf3

    Keith Andrews: can’t score for Rovers, can score for Brazil.



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