Euro: England vs. Russia, 2 p.m. Saturday, ESPN. England might be young and full of energy, but come tournament time, the hopes of a nation — and the pressure from a soccer-mad media establishment — tends to weigh on the national team. A draw, or even worse a loss, will serve only to turn up the heat.
Copa America: U.S. vs. Paraguay, 6 p.m. Saturday, FS1. For the U.S. men’s national team, the stakes in this game are pretty simple. Losing means the Americans are out, and failure; a win or a draw, and coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s team is into the next round. Paraguay is no pushover, but playing on home soil in Philadelphia, the U.S. should be able to get at least a point.
Euro: Poland vs. Northern Ireland, 11 a.m. Sunday, ESPN. Northern Ireland is a nice underdog story, having qualified for a major tournament for the first time since the 1986 World Cup, but its veteran, anonymous squad is likely to be outgunned in this tournament. Poland, for example, has Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 13 goals in his past 10 international games.
Euro: Germany vs. Ukraine, 2 p.m. Sunday, ESPN. There is a certain sense that Germany is doomed in this tournament despite having just won the World Cup. The Germans weren’t great in qualifying and have lost four of their past six. That said, this was all somewhat true in 2014 as well, and that turned out just fine.