Hope you have your calendars, schedules, sundials clean and free of any commitments other than sitting in front of a televisual device from early afternoon through the late evening (European time), and watching three games of increasing importance, magnitude, and impact. Chelsea may not be playing today (though a couple of our players are), but you should be watching regardless. History will be made.
First up, an international friendly. That sounds boring, but you can't just dive straight in to the good stuff. You need an appetizer. Have to stretch those muscles. You don't want to end up with a sports hernia when you jump out of your seat later during the Champions League final. Few things more annoying than a sports hernia.
Switzerland vs. BELGIUM
Who: Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois
When: 15:15 BST; 10:15am EDT
Where: Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
On TV: none (UK); ESPN2 (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online: WatchESPN (USA)
Eden Hazard is set take the captain's armband as Belgium begin their preparations for Euro 2016. Belgium may not be outright favorites, not with Germany and France both looking excellent, but great things are expected and Hazard (and Courtois, to a lesser extent) has plenty to prove after the disastrous Chelsea season. Granted, this is just a friendly, but we did see how friendlies can't always just be dismissed as "fake" last summer.
There won't be much time to breathe once the final whistle's blown in Geneva. A quick flick of the remote should transport you to Wembley, to the Richest Game in Football, the final of the promotion playoff from the Championship to the Premier League. With the new TV contract money coming in, this is more true this year than any other year ever. Burnley and Middlesbrough have already achieved promotion; the third spot will be decided right here, right now.
Hull City vs. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Who: Sam Hutchinson
When: 17:00 BST; 12pm EDT
Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England
On TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK); beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Español (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online: Sky Go (UK); beIN Sports Connect (USA)
Former Chelsea trainee Sam Hutchinson, who famously battled his way back from depression and early retirement to make a career for himself should feature for the Owls at some point. He's having his best season as a professional, with 25 starts in the league, mostly as a defensive midfielder. He featured in that position in the 2nd leg of the playoff semifinal as Wednesday saw off third-placed Brighton. Meanwhile, Hull are looking to bounce straight back after getting relegated last season.
And then it will be time for the main event, a rematch of two years ago, when Atletico almost pulled off the upset.
Real Madrid vs. ATLÉTICO MADRID
Who: Fernando Torres, Filipe Luis, Tiago
When: 19:45 BST; 2:45pm EDT
Where: Stadio Guiseppe Meazza, Milano, Italy
On TV: BT Sport (UK); FOX, ESPN Deportes (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online: BT Sport Live (UK); FOX Soccer 2Go (USA)
Given the entwined recent histories of Atlético and Chelsea, it's hardly surprising that they will be featuring two (and maybe even three) of our former players. The veteran Tiago, who spent a season at Chelsea back in 2004-05, has missed most of the season with a broken leg. The 35-year-old made his long-awaited return just a couple weeks ago, so all he may be contributing today is a bit of veteran leadership. Filipe Luis also only spent a season at Chelsea, and also won a league title during it. The left back never quite seemed to settle in as well as he has this season back at Atleti. He was particularly excellent against Barcelona in the
Lastly, there's Fernando Torres, who, unfortunately, spent way more than just one season at Chelsea and was spectacularly terrible for most of it. He eventually returned to his boyhood club, seemingly as a glorified farewell tour, but this season, he has somehow found form he has not seen in almost a decade. Every kid dreams of winning the big trophies with their favorite clubs and Torres has a chance to do just that, four years after winning a corner kick in Munich (and then sulking afterwards). But no harsh feelings today, El Niño. ¡Vamos!