european football leagues


1st Image (2004): At the young age of 19 (youngest player to ever play a final at the time) and breaking onto the scene with stellar performances throughout the tournament, he and his star-studded Portuguese team came up just short in the final on their home turf to the underdog Cinderella story of Greece; ending up in tears of heartbreak and pain.

2nd Image (2016): Leading and carrying a team of youngsters, forgotten names, and role players all the way to the final against the host nation (who for many were favorites to win it all prior to the start of the tournament) - only to find himself injured in just 20 minutes of action and forced to sit out the rest of the match. Witnessing his teammates from the sideline deliver with all the passion and fight that he led them with up to this moment. This time, the tears were of relief, joy, and nightmares erased.

I’m usually neutral to begin the Euro’s, but by the end I usually end up leaning towards certain teams, for this final however I was ok with either team winning initially, but I found myself reminiscing about my experience watching euro 2004 as a kid and how badly I wanted C.Ronaldo and Figo (some of my favorite players) to win at that time; those emotions were ignited again and I just had to hope Portugal would defy all odds and pull it off somehow.

Congrats to Portugal, and congrats to C.Ronaldo for getting his first international trophy. This is the reason I watch sports, for these beautiful narratives, it’s amazing watching certain careers and storylines unfold over the years.

anonymous asked:

Hey there! You inspired me to start watching MLS but I'm some trouble figuring out how it actually works. I know I want to support Orlando City but I don't really understand how the league operates, it seems like it's pretty different from european football lol. Would you mind just giving me a quick rundown so I'm not so confused 😂

Hi! I’m so glad more people are starting to watch MLS! I like to think I’m really annoying about it and eventually people just give in and watch it :)

So I think the reason a lot of people get confused by MLS is that is operates more like other American sports leagues than European football leagues. It’s divided into an Eastern Conference and a Western Conference (similar to the NBA) and the top teams from both conferences play tournament-style at the end of the season to win the league. That’s pretty much how every American sport works, but a lot of people don’t like it for MLS because it means the team that was playing the best all season doesn’t necessarily win the championship - which is what happened this past season. We don’t have pro/rel (yet! fingers crossed it’ll happen soon) which means the teams aren’t in danger of being bumped down to a lower league if they perform badly. There’s also two new expansion teams coming this season (Atlanta United and Minnesota United) so you should definitely check them out too! 

The best thing you can do is just start watching and you’ll pick it up as you go along. I like to think of MLS as a work in progress, I think US Soccer is trying to figure out how to adapt the European football model to American audiences and sometimes it’s hit or miss, but it’s a lot of fun to watch and the fans have incredible energy. 

Barcelona's home record in the Champions League


40 games
32 wins
6 draws
107 goals

That first L? Stands for Liverpool. We’re one of only two sides to beat Barcelona at home in the Champions League, the other being Bayern Munich. We are also the only English side to not only ever win at Camp Nou but never lose a competitive match either.