Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. (ESPN+)
All but one of the remaining 16 England Men’s FA Cup teams are in either the First or Second Division, so there aren’t many good underdog stories. But this one definitely is. Peterborough was in England’s third tier from 2013 until last season and goes by one of English football’s all-time nicknames: ‘the Posh’. Now they can host the country’s fanciest team, in the clubs’ first game since 1981.
Downingtown’s Zack Steffen will likely be tasked with helping Man City avoid the thwarted bid as he traditionally starts in the club’s domestic cup games.
READ MORE: Why Zack Steffen is still atop the USMNT goaltending depth chart
Tuesday, 3 p.m. (CBS Sports Network, Paramount+)
The Coppa Italia semi-finals in Italy begin this week. They’re both two-legged series, and they’re both classic rivalries. The cup clashes aren’t as big as the Serie A clashes, but any Derby della Madonnina is worth watching.
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (beIN Sports, beIN Sports Español)
This showdown between two of South America’s most popular teams highlights the second round of qualifying for this season’s Copa Libertadores.
Unfortunately, there might not be much drama. Brazil’s Fluminense won against Colombian juggernaut Millionarios 2-1 in the first leg of the series. Now the scene shifts to Rio de Janeiro, where former Inter Milan and Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo will try to help Fluminense finish the job.
READ MORE: The rest of this week’s Copa Libertadores schedule
Tuesday, 10 p.m. (TUDN)
América are second-to-bottom in the Liga MX, with just five points from seven games, and manager Santiago Solari’s seat is burning. It will take much more than winning this game to cool the critics.
Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
Direction Germany for the quarter-finals of the DFB Pokal. This is a matchup of teams that longtime fans of the U.S. Men’s National Team will know well. Hannover was the home for many years of Steve Cherundolo, a staunch American right-back who is now the manager of Los Angeles FC. Leipzig presents current American star Tyler Adams.
READ MORE: The rest of this week’s German Cup schedule
Wednesday, 2:15 p.m. (ESPN+)
Here’s the other big story from the FA Cup Round of 16. Luton, a London suburb about 30 miles northwest, is best known for two things: its airport, which is a hub for low-cost European airlines; and his football team.
Luton Town were England’s fifth tier from 2009 to 2014, beset by financial calamities that led to the brink of insolvency in 2008. That summer, the English Football League ordered a 30-point deduction for the start of the 2008-09 season. But since returning to the fourth tier in 2014, the club have slowly climbed back up and are now in the second tier for the third consecutive season.
In fact, the Hatters (nicknamed for Luton’s long hat-making history) now sit sixth in the Championship standings, the last place that gets a place in the promotion playoffs. Luton have not been in the top flight since 1996.
Chelsea, meanwhile, is Chelsea – and Christian Pulisic has been playing very well lately. The Blues beat Luton in the FA Cup fourth round last season and haven’t lost to Luton since 1991.
READ MORE: The rest of this week’s FA Cup schedule
Wednesday, 3 p.m. (CBS Sports Network, Paramount+)
Here is the other Coppa Italia semi-final. It’s always a big deal when these teams come together, but this game is a monster. This will be Dušan Vlahović’s first return to Florence since Fiorentina sold him to Juventus in late January for just under $90m. Vlahović already has four goals and one assist in his first six games for the Bianconeri.
Wednesday, 3:15 p.m. (beIN Sports, beIN Sports Español)
Nantes, the former club of Alejandro Bedoya, are in their first Coupe de France semi-final since 2019, and two wins from their first major trophy since 2001. Three years ago, Les Canaries were to face Paris Saint-Germain, and lost. This time they receive Monaco, currently ninth in Ligue 1.
The winner will face third-placed Nice or fourth-tier amateur side Versailles FC in the title match. Nice hosts Versailles on Tuesday (3 p.m., beIN Sports, beIN Sports Español).
Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
After Valencia won a 1-1 draw at Bilbao despite being beaten by a man, Yunus Musah and Los Che go home for the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals. There is no away goal tiebreaker, so this game must produce a winner. This team will face either Real Betis or Rayo Vallecano in the final. It will likely be Betis, who host Rayo on Thursday (3 p.m., ESPN+) after a 2-1 first leg win.
READ MORE: Q&A: ESPN’s Martín Ainstein on Sergiño Dest, Yunus Musah and cycling through Spain to tell La Liga stories
Wednesday, 8 p.m. (TUDN)
We end with two Liga MX giants playing as they should. Tigres, featuring prolific forward André-Pierre Gignac, sits third; Cruz Azul, with a promising young striker in Santiago Giménez, is fourth.
READ MORE: The rest of this week’s Liga MX schedule