Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Soccer Question


On May 10th, Kris from Key West asked me for my prediction regarding the Liverpool versus AC Milan matchup. Since then, ESPN has been marketing this game endlessly. It seems that this game is getting more publicity than the World Cup. The marketing has worked; I am interested in this game, but I want to know why it's such a big deal. Was there a game like this last year and I missed it, or is this one just a real special one? I've also been looking for excuses to post funny soccer pictures, and, yes, I do have more. Posted by Hello

10 comments:

Kris in Key West said...

The game is being hyped so much because of the passion that it evokes in soccer fans around the world. To qualify for the Champions League you have to finish in the top four in your countries pro league. It is then a long round robin process of elimination that lasts for months. Players dream of being on a team that can call themselves the best club side in Europe. Unlike the NBA, where only a handful of teams have a realistic shot at winning a championship, this tournament is always wide open. The list of teams that have already been knocked would sound familiar to even a non-soccer fan. Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona to name a few. Like American sports, the final game is usually not as good as the playoffs. Hopefully both teams will attack and play to win instead of playing not to lose. If you do watch some of this, remember that every player on the field is as fast or faster than the top speed demons in the NFL. Also, because there are no timeouts in soccer, it's the players that truly decide the outcome. Speaking of outcome, AC Milan 2 Liverpool 0.

The Godfather said...

Kris,
Is this the same tourament that F.C. Porto from Portugal won last year?

Kris in Key West said...

Correct. Porto, led by a genius coach who is so arrogant that he dubbed himself "the special one", made an incredible run last year. Their best players wanted to play in bigger leagues then Portugal, so thyis year they left for Italy and England.

Kris in Key West said...

Correct. Porto had an amazing run last year. Their coach, who has dubbed himself "the special one", left Portugal and all he did was lead Chelsea to their first English championship in 50 years. The USA vs. England matchup on Saturday sounds sexy but England is missing so many regulars it's really not a true test for where we stand against one of the top sides in Europe.

The Godfather said...

Porto is my dad's favorite team and he has a satellite dish so he can watch their games.
when patsy2k lived in the ghetto, the portuguese station that carried the soccer games was part of the basic cable package so he should be able to enlighten us.

Patriotsy2k said...

Unfortunately, no. I was too busy dodging bullets and crank calling Pizzeria Uno's to follow English League Soccer

The Godfather said...

English League? yet another misinformed comment.
it was the portuguese channel direct from portugal. sometimes I would change the channel at Suburban atletic to that station and people would look at me funny.

Patriotsy2k said...

No, I think people looked at you funny there cause you would run 5 miles on the treadmill and look like you were about to collapse the last mile or so. I still remember that blonde bimbo "trainer" that wore makeup during work.

The Godfather said...

I could run 5 miles in my sleep.

Patriotsy2k said...

I could marry Eva longoria in my sleep.