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Today at Euro 2016 & Copa América: Croatia vs. Spain; N.Ireland vs. Germany; USA vs. Argentina; others

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Your daily dose of off-topic shenanigans.

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This is far too much football goodness for a random summer Tuesday (or early Wednesday morning, depending on your local time zone)!  Can you handle it?  Can you dig it?  Caaaaan youuuuu digiiiiiit?!


When:  17:00 BST; 12pm EDT
Where:  Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
On TV: BBC Red Button (UK); ESPN2 (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online:  BBC iPlayer (UK); ESPN3 (USA)

Who/what to watch for: Ukraine have been bad and are going home.  Poland have been better, but were quite wasteful against Germany, with Lewandowski ineffective and Milik out-of-sync.  They need to not lose today to be assured of a top two finish.


When:  17:00 BST: 12pm EDT
Where:  Parc des Princes, Paris
On TV:  BBC One (UK); ESPN, ESPN Deportes (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online:  BBC iPlayer (UK); ESPN3 (USA)

Who/what to watch for: Germany are top of the group but have failed to truly impress so far.  They need at least a draw to be assured of the Round of 16.  So to their opponents, who played terribly against Poland, but did collect three points against woeful Ukraine.  An upset win could see Germany drop to third.


When:  20:00 BST: 3pm EDT
Where:  Stade Matmut-Atlantique, Bordeaux
On TV:  ITV 1 (UK); ESPN, ESPN Deportes (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online:  ITV Live (UK); ESPN3 (USA)

Who/what to watch for: Two wins from two for Spain means they're in the knockout round for sure.  They do need at least a draw to win the group.  Croatia need a draw to be assured of second spot.


When:  20:00 BST; 3pm EDT
Where:  Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
On TV:  ITV 4 (UK); ESPN2 (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online:  ITV Live (UK); ESPN3 (USA)

Who/what to watch for: Turkey have yet to score a goal, the Czechs, thanks to a magnificent comeback against Croatia in the previous game, are still in play but need a win to stay alive.

USA vs. ARGENTINA (Copa América semifinal)

When:  9pm EDT; 02:00 BST (next day)
Where:  NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
On TV:  Premier Sports (UK); FOX Sports 1, Univision (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online:  FOX Soccer 2Go (USA)

Who/what to watch for: I was there to watch the USA lose 2-0 to Colombia in the opening match of the Copa América Centenario.  If you had asked me then whether they'd make the semifinals, I would've laughed.  Yet here they are, having dispatched Ecuador 2-1 in the quarterfinal.  Certainly one of the better non-friendly results of Klinsmann's tenure.  Meanwhile, Argentina are living up to their billing as favorites, walking the group games and easily dismissing Venezuela 4-1 in the quarterfinal.  Everybody's expecting them to do the same here... unless you, you believe, you believe that, you believe that the USA will win.  I don't believe it.  But you might.