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Best Bets: What to watch, where to go

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10

  • TELEVISION

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Brazil at Germany

ESPN Deportes, 11:40 a.m.

Two world superpowers collide in Stuttgart, with the Germans looking for their first victory over the Samba kings since 1993 -- and just their fourth in 21 meetings. Brazil-born forward Cacau is ready to aid the Nationalmannschaft's cause. Replay: 6 p.m.

Also

Chile at France, ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.

FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP

Spain vs. South Korea

ESPNU, 2:45 p.m.

The Spaniards are Europe's best at every age group, it seems, and they're among the best in this tournament. A victory here could set a quarterfinal against Brazil.

Also

Brazil vs. Saudi Arabia, ESPNU, 5:45 p.m.

Nigeria vs. England, ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.

RECOPA SUDAMERICANA

Internacional (Brazil) at Independiente (Argentina)

Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.

The South American schedule doesn't exactly follow Europe's, but consider this the start of the new campaign. The Copa Sudamericana winner is home for the first leg against last year's Copa Libertadores champion.

Copa Sudamericana

Sao Paulo (Brazil) at Ceara (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Mexico at United States

ESPN2 and Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 6 p.m.

Juergen Klinsmann debuts as U.S. coach in Philadelphia against the Yanks' archrivals, a rematch of June's CONCACAF Gold Cup final won by Mexico -- the end of Bob Bradley's tenure. The most anticipated friendly the Americans have played since, well, ever.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN

Fresno State at UC Irvine

Anteater Field (Irvine), 4 p.m.

The unofficial kickoff to the college season is a preseason friendly involving the best women's side in So Cal last year. With anchors CoCo Goodson and Judy Christopher back, the Anteaters will be looking for another Big West Conference title and NCAA run this fall.

THURSDAY, AUG. 11

  • TELEVISION

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Sweden at Ukraine

ESPN Deportes, 6 a.m.

The Swedes are on target to qualify for next year's European Championship. Ukraine will be there as co-host with Poland. The telecast of this friendly is on delay from Wednesday.

International Friendlies

Slovakia at Austria, ESPN Deportes, 8 a.m.

Czech Republic at Norway, ESPN Deportes, 10 a.m.

ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP

Blackpool at Sheffield Wednesday

Fox Soccer Plus, 11:40 a.m.

Blackpool was booted from the Premier League in May, but it's in a better place than its opening-round foe in England's No. 2 cup competition. Sheffield Wednesday, once a top-league contender, is fortunate to still be in the third-tier League One. Replay: 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.

COPA SUDAMERICANA

Palmeiras (Brazil) at Vasco da Gama (Brazil)

Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.

Two of Brazil's best-supported sides -- one representing Sao Paulo's Italians, the other Rio de Janeiro's Portuguese -- meet in the first leg of the second stage in South America's No. 2 club competition.

Also

Atletico Paranaense (Brazil) at Flamengo (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 1:30 p.m.

Olimpia (Paraguay) at The Strongest (Bolivia), Fox Deportes, 3:30 p.m.