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September 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Weekend watch: Must-see matches from around the world

A belated/abbreviated version of the weekend watch – thank the traffic-pocolypse currently grinding SoDo to a halt. Let’s get right into it.

Arsenal v. Manchester City, English Premier League, Saturday at 4:45 a.m.

The answer to the annual, can-Arsenal-compete-for-a-title question gets an early answer when it plays host to the defending champs.

Barcelona v. Athletic Bilbao, Spanish Primera, Saturday at 7 a.m.

The controversy around both clubs wearing kits representing their respective regions tells you all you need to know about this ‘rivalry.’

Real Madrid v. Atletico Madrid, Spanish Primera, Saturday at 11 a.m.

This derby is a little more straightforward: No love lost in this rematch of last season’s Champions League final.

Parma v. A.C. Milan, Italian Serie A, Sunday at 11:45 a.m.

The hosts somehow finished higher than the powerhouse visitors in the Serie A table last year, and a win here would go a long way toward a repeat.

San Jose Earthquakes v. Los Angeles Galaxy, Major League Soccer, Sunday at 12 p.m.

The ‘Quakes have relished the role of spoiler in recent weeks. Few in these parts would begrudge them another upset.

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