Thursday 24th August 2017

TBC UEFA Europa League Play-Off 2nd Leg 00:00 BT Sport 2

Friday 25th August 2017

Tottenham Hotspur U23 v Man Utd U23 Premier League 2 19:00 MUTV
Liverpool U18 v Newcastle United U18 U18 Premier League 19:00 LFCTV
Real Sociedad v Villarreal La Liga 19:15 Sky Sports Mix
Bangor City v Prestatyn Town Welsh Premier League 19:30 S4C
FC Cologne v Hamburg Bundesliga 19:30 BT Sport 2
Bristol City v Aston Villa Championship 19:45 Sky Sports Football - Sky Sports Main Event
PSG v St Etienne Ligue 1 19:45 BT Sport ESPN
Real Betis v Celta Vigo La Liga 21:00 Sky Sports Football

Saturday 26th August 2017

New York Red Bulls v New York City FC MLS 00:00 Sky Sports Football
AFC Bournemouth v Man City Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Halifax Town v Guiseley AFC National League 12:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD
Genoa v Juventus (joins match in progress) Serie A 17:00 BT Sport Extra 1
Alaves v Barcelona La Liga 17:15 Sky Sports Mix
Nottingham Forest v Leeds United Championship 17:30 Sky Sports Football - Sky Sports Main Event
Man Utd v Leicester City Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD
Borussia Dortmund v Hertha Berlin Bundesliga 17:30 BT Sport 3
Girona v Malaga La Liga 19:15 Sky Sports Red Button - Sky Sports Football
Levante v Deportivo La Coruna La Liga 19:15 Sky Sports Red Button
Roma v Inter Milan Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 3
Las Palmas v Atletico Madrid La Liga 21:15 Sky Sports Football

Sunday 27th August 2017

Orlando City v Vancouver Whitecaps MLS 00:30 Sky Sports Football
Dundee v Hibernian Scottish Premiership 12:30 Sky Sports Football
West Brom v Stoke City Premier League 13:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Extra - Sky Sports Ultra HD
RB Leipzig v SC Freiburg Bundesliga 14:30 BT Sport Extra 1
Ross County v Rangers Scottish Premiership 15:00 BT Sport 1
Liverpool v Arsenal Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Angers v Lille Ligue 1 16:00 BT Sport ESPN
Torino v Sassuolo Serie A 17:00 BT Sport 3
Hannover 96 v Schalke 04 Bundesliga 17:00 BT Sport 1
Eibar v Athletic Bilbao La Liga 17:15 Sky Sports Football
Espanyol v Leganes La Liga 17:15 Sky Sports Red Button
Getafe v Sevilla La Liga 19:15 Sky Sports Football
AC Milan v Cagliari Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 1
Palmeiras v Sao Paulo Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A 20:00 BT Sport 3
Monaco v Marseille Ligue 1 20:00 BT Sport 2
Real Madrid v Valencia La Liga 21:15 Sky Sports Football
Montreal Impact v Toronto FC MLS 21:30 Sky Sports Football

Monday 28th August 2017

LA Galaxy v San Jose Earthquakes MLS 00:00 Sky Sports Football
Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers MLS 02:30 Sky Sports Football
Kaiserslautern v Eintracht Braunschweig Bundesliga 2 19:30 BT Sport 3
AFC Fylde v Barrow National League 19:45 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Thursday 31st August 2017

France v Netherlands FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports Football

Friday 1st September 2017

Nigeria v Cameroon FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 17:00 BT Sport 1
Kazakhstan v Montenegro FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 17:00 Sky Sports Football
Malta v England FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 ITV
Lithuania v Scotland FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports Football
San Marino v Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports TBC

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Bradford City v Bristol Rovers League One 12:30 Sky Sports Football
Man Utd Legends v Barcelona Legends Friendly 15:00 MUTV
Georgia v Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 17:00 Sky Sports Football
Tranmere Rovers v Dover Athletic National League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD
Wales v Austria FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports Football - S4C

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Blackburn Rovers v Fleetwood Town League One 12:15 Sky Sports Football
Portsmouth v Rotherham United League One 14:30 Sky Sports Football
Netherlands v Bulgaria FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 17:00 Sky Sports Football
Greece v Belgium FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports Football

Monday 4th September 2017

Armenia v Denmark FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 17:00 Sky Sports Football
England v Slovakia FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 ITV
Scotland v Malta FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports Football
Northern Ireland v Czech Republic FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports TBC

Tuesday 5th September 2017

Moldova v Wales FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports TBC - S4C
Republic of Ireland v Serbia FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports Football

Friday 8th September 2017

Derby County v Hull City Championship 19:45 Sky Sports Football
Hamilton Academical v Celtic Scottish Premiership 19:45 BT Sport 1

Saturday 9th September 2017

Man City v Liverpool Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest Championship 17:30 Sky Sports Football
Stoke City v Man Utd Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Sunday 10th September 2017

Burnley v Crystal Palace Premier League 13:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Swansea City v Newcastle United Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Monday 11th September 2017

West Ham v Huddersfield Town Premier League 20:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Friday 15th September 2017

Partick Thistle v Rangers Scottish Premiership 19:45 BT Sport 1
AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League 20:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Saturday 16th September 2017

Crystal Palace v Southampton Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United National League 12:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD
Barnsley v Aston Villa Championship 17:30 Sky Sports Football

Sunday 17th September 2017

Chelsea v Arsenal Premier League 13:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Man Utd v Everton Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Partick Thistle v Rangers Betfred Cup Quarter-Final 19:45 BT Sport TBC

Wednesday 20th September 2017

Dundee v Celtic Betfred Cup Quarter-Final 19:45 BT Sport TBC

Thursday 21st September 2017

Motherwell v Aberdeen Betfred Cup Quarter-Final 19:45 BT Sport TBC

Friday 22nd September 2017

Forest Green Rovers v Swindon Town League Two 19:45 Sky Sports Football

Saturday 23rd September 2017

Rangers v Celtic Scottish Premiership 12:00 Sky Sports TBC
West Ham v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Aberystwyth Town v Bangor City Welsh Premier League 17:15 S4C
Leicester City v Liverpool Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest Championship 17:30 Sky Sports Football

Sunday 24th September 2017

Motherwell v Aberdeen Scottish Premiership 12:15 BT Sport 1
Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United Championship 13:15 Sky Sports Football
Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Monday 25th September 2017

Arsenal v West Brom Premier League 20:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Friday 29th September 2017

QPR v Fulham Championship 19:45 Sky Sports Football
Hamilton Academical v Rangers Scottish Premiership 19:45 BT Sport 1

Saturday 30th September 2017

Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Chelsea v Man City Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD
Reading v Norwich City Championship 17:30 Sky Sports Football

Sunday 1st October 2017

Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League 12:00 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD
Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United Championship 12:15 Sky Sports Football
Everton v Burnley Premier League 14:15 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Newcastle United v Liverpool Premier League 16:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Wednesday 4th October 2017

Tranmere Rovers v Leyton Orient National League 19:45 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Thursday 5th October 2017

England v Slovenia FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 ITV
Scotland v Slovakia FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports TBC
Northern Ireland v Germany FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports TBC

Friday 6th October 2017

Georgia v Wales FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 17:00 Sky Sports TBC - S4C
Republic of Ireland v Moldova FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports TBC

Saturday 7th October 2017

Wrexham v Eastleigh National League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Sunday 8th October 2017

Lithuania v England FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 17:00 ITV
Slovenia v Scotland FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 17:00 Sky Sports TBC
Norway v Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports TBC

Monday 9th October 2017

Wales v Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier 19:45 Sky Sports TBC - S4C

Friday 13th October 2017

St Johnstone v Rangers Scottish Premiership 19:45 BT Sport 1

Saturday 14th October 2017

Liverpool v Man Utd Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Watford v Arsenal Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Sunday 15th October 2017

Southampton v Newcastle United Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Monday 16th October 2017

Leicester City v West Brom Premier League 20:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Friday 20th October 2017

West Ham v Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League 20:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Saturday 21st October 2017

Rangers v Aberdeen Scottish Premiership 12:30 Sky Sports TBC
Southampton v West Brom Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Sunday 22nd October 2017

Everton v Arsenal Premier League 13:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Monday 23rd October 2017

Chelsea v Watford Premier League 20:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Hibernian v Hearts Scottish Premiership 19:45 BT Sport 1

Wednesday 25th October 2017

Aberdeen v Celtic Scottish Premiership 19:45 BT Sport 1

Saturday 28th October 2017

Hearts v Rangers Scottish Premiership 12:30 Sky Sports TBC
Man Utd v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Sunday 29th October 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton Premier League 13:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Leicester City v Everton Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Monday 30th October 2017

Burnley v Newcastle United Premier League 20:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Saturday 4th November 2017

St Johnstone v Celtic Scottish Premiership 12:30 Sky Sports TBC
Stoke City v Leicester City Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD
West Ham v Liverpool Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Sunday 5th November 2017

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace Premier League 12:00 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD
Man City v Arsenal Premier League 14:15 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Chelsea v Man Utd Premier League 16:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Saturday 18th November 2017

Ross County v Celtic Scottish Premiership 12:30 BT Sport 1
Man Utd v Newcastle United Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Sunday 19th November 2017

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 13:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Watford v West Ham Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Monday 20th November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion v Stoke City Premier League 20:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Friday 24th November 2017

Dundee v Rangers Scottish Premiership 19:45 BT Sport 1
West Ham v Leicester City Premier League 20:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Saturday 25th November 2017

Southampton v Everton Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD
Liverpool v Chelsea Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Sunday 26th November 2017

Kilmarnock v Aberdeen Scottish Premiership 12:30 Sky Sports TBC
Huddersfield Town v Man City Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event - Sky Sports Ultra HD

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Watford v Man Utd Premier League 20:00 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Wednesday 29th November 2017

Everton v West Ham Premier League 20:00 BT Sport 1 - BT Sport 4K UHD

Italian Football

Football as we know it first came to the Italian shores in the late 1900’s but variations of similar games had been played for hundreds of years. Official records have the date of 1898 as the first game in Italian football history.

Both Italy’s national team and domestic football are considered amongst many to be the strongest in the world. Known for tactically astute set ups and strong defences, the Italians are notoriously hard to break down and because of this the national team is only behind Brazil’s 5, with 4 World Cup wins.

Between AC Milan, Internazionale and Juventus, Italian club football has 12 European Cup wins and Italian teams have featured in a total of 27 European cup finals, the most of any nation.

Serie A

Serie A is the top flight of Italian football and is widely regarded as one of the strongest leagues in European football. Starting in 1898 and evolving in the years that have come since, Serie A is enjoyed by football fans all around the world.

Attendances

Attendances in Italy, while not the highest in Europe, are still some of the best in the continent. You would have to go back to the year 2000 for the last time an Italian team had the top average rating in Europe when Internazionale topped the charts with an average attendance of 66,546.

During the 2016/17 season up to April 25th the average attendance of an Italian Serie A game was 21,884 with the highest being Internazionale with an average 46,863 fans coming to see their home games. The lowest average for the season is held by Crotone with 7,429 seeing the team.

Teams

Internazionale have competed in the most Serie A championships at 85 with Juventus and Roma both playing in 84 and AC Milan playing in 83.

Juventus have won the title the most amount of times with 32 wins in total while both Milan teams are in second place with 18 league titles each.

Players

The Italian league is also famed for getting the most out of players in the twilight of their careers with many going on to make appearances into their late 30s and early 40s. The player to have played the most Serie A games to date is Paolo Maldini who played an incredible 647 games in the division. In second place is the current Juventus and Italy No.1 Gianluigi Buffon who has played 616 games up to and including the 15th of April 2017. Javier Zanetti and Francesco Totti are equal in 3rd place with 615 appearances each however Totti is still playing so should be in 3rd place on his own soon.

The most goals scored in Serie A by any one player is 274 scored by Silvio Piola from 1929 to 1954 for Pro Vercelli, Lazio, Juventus and Novara. Francesco Totti is in second place with 50 and Gunnar Nordahl is third on 225.

Serie B

Italy’s second tier of club football is Serie B which has been running since 1929 and features 22 teams trying to gain promotion to Serie A.

Teams

The team to have played the most seasons in Serie B is Brescia who have played 59 seasons in the second league in Italy. Verona are next having played 52 seasons and Modena have played 50.

Both Genoa and Atalanta have won Serie B 6 times each, the most of any team in Italy while Palermo have won it 5 times.

Lower Leagues

After Serie A and Serie B, Serie C or the Lega Pro has 3 leagues of 18 that are split by location. Below Serie C is Serie D which runs 9 parallel leagues.

Below Serie D there are a further 5 levels each leading up to the top of the pyramid in Serie A.

Italian Cup Competitions

There are a number of cup competitions for club teams in Italy including;

The Supercoppa Italiana. The Supercoppa Italiana is played by the league winners and the Coppa Italia winners before the start of the season the same as the Charity Shield in England.

The Coppa Italia. The Coppa Italia is the main cup competition in Italy and has been running since 1922. The most successful team in the Coppa Italia’s history is Juventus who have won the cup a total of 11 times. The winner is also guaranteed a spot in the UEFA Cup the following season.

The Coppa Italia Lega Pro. The Coppa Italia Lega Pro is played by the teams in the third tier of the Italian league system.

The Coppa Italia Serie D. The Coppa Italia Serie D is played by the teams in the fourth tier of the Italian league system.