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It's looking to be an exciting Eurpean Champions League final, and more

What are you doing Saturday afternoon? I'm watching the European Champions League final, of course: Barcelona – if not the best team ever, at least the most fun to watch in the modern game – takes on Manchester United at London's Wembley Stadium. So many storylines: each team trying to win its fourth European championship; a rematch of the 2009 final; Lionel Messi vs. Wayne Rooney; Man U goalie Edwin Van der Sar in the final game of his storied career, trying to shut down the Catalans, eight of whom won World Cup honors last summer with Spain .... It's on Fox at 1pm (1:45 kickoff).

The Barcelona squad is already in London, having traveled a couple days early for fear that the ash cloud from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland will shut down air travel in Europe later this week.

Good timing for me: Austin Co-ed Soccer Associa­tion (www.acsasoccer.org) finished play last weekend, so my Saturdays are suddenly sadly empty. If that's you, too, you might try emailing pickupsocceraustin@gmail.com; they're listing pickup games around town four or five days a week.

The world's second-biggest club competition, the Copa Libertadores, features four different nations in the semifinals stating this week: Penarol of Uruguay meets Argentina's Velez Sarsfield, and Paraguay's Cerro Porteno faces Santos of Brazil, May 25-26 and June 1-2. The two-legged final will be June 15 and 22.

UNAM Pumas earned its seventh Mexican championship Sunday, with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Morelia.

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