Tag Archives: European Soccer

The Pain Behind Soccer

Soccer is the world's most popular sport, but it can also haunt some people's lives. (Photo Courtesy Marlon Dias/ Flickr)

 By Ryan Fleming

When you think of the game where you find yourself besotted, the first images or early childhood memories are those of victory – a beautiful goal, a cup triumph – or something more personal, perhaps. For those growing up in soccer-crazed countries around the world, soccer is a not merely a game, but a way of life; this we know and realize. What’s uncommon and rather rare are the tragedies that happen everyday around the sport that are seemingly lost in the dark.

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Something needs to be done to the Europa League

The Europa League has become the forgotten competition in Europe.

By Ryan Fleming

A few colleagues and myself have been talking about the recent European match that took place late Wednesday afternoon. To the surprise of most of us it was the Europa League Final. I was aware, obviously, but many who follow the sport really had no idea. What was surprising to us was how little UEFA put into letting fans know that FC Braga and FC Porto were playing something all-together much more important than just another European match.

In respect to both Braga and Porto, perhaps the lack of interest in the Final could be the teams that were playing. Again, respect has to be given to both of the teams and Porto especially for winning the Europa Cup, 1-0, but much of the world outside Portugal probably did not care all that much about the match. This, in itself is an issue. And UEFA is squarely to blame.

I don’t don myself a problem-solver or an architect in making things better. But alas, I have proposed some changes to make this all-important game something of importance in even the most casual of fans.

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