Why the Champions League Final Is the Most Important Game in Football

May 16, 2009

“Back in the days when England’s footballers spent as much time in the pub as they did on the pitch, when football shorts the world over were tight enough to cut off circulation to the legs and it was quite normal for top-class players to sport facial hair, every four years something remarkable used to happen for football fans.” (bleacher report)

Alan Hansen’s column (BBC)
“Manchester United’s third successive Premier League triumph has left their closest rivals once again pondering a familiar question – how do we break the Old Trafford stranglehold on the title?”

Five great UEFA Cup Finals (ESPN)
“When one of Werder Bremen or Shakhtar Donestsk lift the vase-like trophy in Istanbul on Wednesday they will become the last ever winners of the UEFA Cup. The trophy’s history has been convoluted since it replaced the old Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, itself a curio that once saw teams selected from cities, giving rise to a London XI competing in the final of the first version, which itself lasted three years.”

Perez dreams of Galácticos return to the Bernabéu (SoccerLens)
“Los Galacticos. The mere mention of the two words together conjure up memories of watching some of the world’s great names in the sport — Beckham, Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo and Owen — stepping onto the same pitch wearing the same kit and playing together in a match that wasn’t a friendly for charity.”

Gonzalez: We haven’t given up (FIFA)
“Any overseas player who receives acclaim for his performances in the ultra-competitive Argentinian league deserves considerable respect, and Cesar Gonzalez definitely falls into this category. Currently blazing a trail with Huracan, the attacking midfielder is also putting his experience and talent to good use for Venezuela, who he still hopes he can help qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.”

Goal.com Special: Fields Of Their Dreams (Goal)
“In the summer of 2008 in South Africa, two hundred fifty-six kids, boys and girls, aged from 13 – 19, on sixteen teams, were participating in a two-day football tournament. The games were played in a village hours away from major cities, in a remote area of the country.”