As our resident West Coast correspondent, I’ve grown accustomed to being out of phase with the timing of most big European footy matches. If you want to watch the domestic European leagues live, you need to be up and watching TV by 7. Extremely uncivilized.
Unfortunately, this week I’m a bit further to the west than usual. Or further to the east. Depends on how you slice it.
That is, you can imagine my dismay at missing the most highly anticipated match of this year’s Champions League (at least until the second leg of the tie), due to be broadcast here in Beijing at 3:30 am local time. While I appreciate that (a) the game is on TV at all and (b) my jet lag will enable me to catch the second Champions League broadcast at 6:00 am, I’m a little bummed I won’t be able to watch the CHE – BAR match live. Sigh.
I say Chelsea mugs them on the crappy pitch and takes a 2-1 lead back to the Nou Camp.
A Bunch of Soccer Stuff In Chinese [Sina.com.cn]