Saturday 18 June
15.45 Volga v Zenit St Petersburg, Russian Premier League, ESPN/ESPN HDWith the switch to an autumn/spring schedule for 2012/13, this season's Russian Premier League is 18 months long. We're approaching the halfway stage in the first phase of the competition (stick with me here) before the league splits in two in the manner of the Scottish Premier League. Here, newly promoted Volga face Luciano Spalletti's side who sit controversially two points behind CSKA at the top of the table. Controversially in that it follows the League's decision to award the Moscow side a 3-0 win in their 1-1 draw because Zenit failed to field a Russian youth player.
18.00 Lokomotiv Moscow v Spartak Moscow, Russian Premier League, ESPN/ESPN HDProbably not the best time for Lokomotiv to have two derbies in a row. The side are currently managerless after the club's president Olga Smorodskaya sacked head coach Yuri Krasnozhan on suspicion of throwing matches. They sit third in a tightly bunched table, three points behind the leaders and four points above today's mid-table visitors.
Sunday 19 June
19.45 England v Czech Republic, UEFA U21 European Championship, Sky Sports 1/HD1A must win for England if they are to progress through to the knock-out stage. As far as experience is concerned, Stuart Pearce's boys have already shown with two disappointing draws that they know how to play tournament football for England.
21.00 England v Rwanda, FIFA U17 World Cup, British Eurosport/HDEurosport are fully covering (so they say) the Under 17 World Cup in Mexico which kicks off on Saturday. A 24 team tournament, England will be taking on Canada and Uruguay in addition to today's opponents. I choose to believe that Rwanda's and fellow African qualifiers Burkina Faso's involvement in this tournament is the sign of an optimistic future for these troubled countries rather than anything due to a lack of reliable birth registry.
Wednesday 22 June
11.00 Urawa Reds v Avispa Fukuoka, J1 League, British Eurosport 2Avispa bottom
Lost all of their first nine games
Reds not much better