Football is a tribal sport. It’s us against them, good vs. evil, blue versus a more nefarious shade of blue. Soccer fans invest so much of their lives into their respective clubs that losses become marks against their character, burdens upon their very existence.
The coward, infamous, violent attack to the Boca Juniors bus on its way to the Monumental stadium to play the second and final game of the most important Copa Libertadores final in history resulted in a scandalous series of events about which South American soccer, and especially Argentinians like myself, can feel nothing but despair and embarrassment.
Sometimes, 30 uncivilized guys can ruin the party of millions. That’s what happened here.
The now-annual Rainbow Laces Premier League campaign has begun in the UK, with players, clubs and the league sporting rainbow-colored accessories to support LGBT rights. And yet again, it’s evident why such a campaign is even necessary.
In truth, we all knew this would happen eventually. But we’re still pissed.
When Turner Sports took over the UEFA Champions League TV rights from Fox, there was hope that TNT would show the best matches available every day. That’s what would make sense to the average fan, but Fox struggled to figure this out.
Five years ago, Real Sociedad was playing in the Champions League after a campaign in which the club scored 70 goals — the most in LaLiga apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid. Instrumental to Sociedad’s success was a 22-year-old forward by the name of Antoine Griezmann and his strike partner, the 24-year-old Mexican Carlos Vela.