Borussia Dortmund Fans Protest Ticket Prices By Throwing Tennis Balls

Although I’ll be first to throw my support behind the Dortmund fans and Liverpool fans (along with several other team’s supporters) for standing up against rising ticket prices, a part of me is jealous. I’m jealous that they grew up in a world where affordable ticket prices was ever a reality.

In America, affordable ticket prices have long since been replaced by expensive tickets more suited to business outings than fan enjoyment. That’s not saying there aren’t cheaper seats to be had at certain stadiums for certain games (as I’m sure there still are at Westfalenstadion and Anfield). However, the lion’s share of tickets for sporting events, especially in the dense Northeast, are expensive and over-priced. The supply and demand allows teams to consistently do this . In fact, each new stadium that is built in America sacrifices the regular fan’s enjoyment in order to benefit the wealthy private business owners who can shell out large amounts of money for seats they will rarely use and can conveniently put onto¬†their company credit card as a business expense. The regular fan. The ACTUAL fan. Is not as valued as the wealthy businessman even though the regular fan is the rock on which a team is built. Without the regular fan the team loses it’s soul and without a soul the team’s become just another business meeting outlet, like a restaurant or strip club.

Therefore, I agree with these fans and I support their plight. I wish that American sports fans had been passionate enough to have fought against the rising tide of ticket prices. Instead we got swept away and now we are left soaking wet and our wallets bone dry. So kudos to you Liverpool fans, Dortmund fans, and all other fans fighting against the rising ticket prices. I hope for your sake your efforts make a difference.

 

BONUS. Liverpool fan explaining their walk-out in the 77th minute to protest rising ticket prices.

Dude Perfect, Oscar and Lamela: Football v Football Challenge

Dude Perfect does it again. I wonder if Erik Lamela or Oscar even knew who these guys were before agreeing to film this.

Also, I started browsing Soccer AM’s YouTube channel after I watched this video and they are¬†putting out a¬†lot of quality videos. I’m going to have to keep an eye on them.

 

Dude Perfect Collaboration With Arsenal & Manchester City

These guys are taking the internet by storm and it’s easy to see why. Their excitement is contagious and their banter is one of a kind. It’s nice to see how their vivacious personalities bring out the personality of Calum Chambers, Mathieu Flamini, Kevin De Bruyn, and Raheem Sterling because you rarely get to see world-class soccer players in a relaxed environment. By the looks of things Dude Perfect¬†recorded¬†a lot more videos while they were across the pond so expect to see the rest posted over the next week.

Player Scores On Team In The Most Humiliating Way Possible

I’ve scored this way on the playground but never in an actual game. This is the ultimate show of disrespect. It’s funny now but I would be gunning this guy for the rest of the game waiting to give him a very dirty slide tackle if he pulled¬†these shenanigans against my team.

On This Day Steven Gerrard Scored This Screamer Against Olympiakos

From ThisIsAnfield.com:

Champions League Group A; December 8th, 2004

The Reds went into their final Champions League group game in the 2004/05 season knowing they would either have to beat Olympiakos or, if the Greek side scored, beat them by at least two clear goals.

With Rafa Benitez‚Äės side faltering in the Premier League, they knew that staying in the competition was absolutely paramount. Little did they know that the game would become one of the most important, unforgettable matches in the history of the club.

After Jamie Carragher had a penalty appeal turned down, Sinama Pongolle’s cross was met by Nunez. Although the Spaniard’s header was saved by Antonios Nikopolidis, Mellor was on hand to rifled to ball home with 10 minutes remaining. The comeback was well and truly on.

A frantic finale saw further Liverpool penalty appeals waved away, before Gerrard produced one of his career-defining moments in the dying minutes.

Carragher’s intelligent ball found Mellor, who guided an equally thoughtful header towards Gerrard 25 yards out. The skipper caught his half-volley to perfection, and the ball flew into the corner to send Anfield into delirium. Gerrard virtually ran into the Kop crowd to celebrate.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND- WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 8th 2004: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard scores the winning goal, and his side's third, against Olympiakos during the UEFA Champions League Group A match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Proparganda)
‚ÄúOh You Beauty‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Pic: David Rawcliffe/Propagana

Liverpool saw out a few last nervy moments to book their place in the knockout stages, reigniting their season in the process. Little did they know that, against all odds, they would go on to win the Champions League that season.

It remains one of the most famous night in the history of Anfield

An unforgettable night in Anfield and in Steven Gerrard lore. What a ridiculous strike. It’s a shame he never got a Premier League title but he earned his Champions League title. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go¬†watch this strike at least 50 times in the next hour.

12-Year Old Messi Was Better Than You

This is one of Messi’s earliest recorded goals during his time playing for Newell’s Old Boys. Below are some extended highlights during a¬†Newell‚Äôs Old Boys vs. El Torito youth match back in October of 1999.

Knowing the star that he has become you can see the flashes of what Lionel Messi has become in these clips. He is so much better than you or I ever became (this statement is true unless Cristiano Ronaldo is reading this blog which I assume he is not) and he was just twelve when this footage was shot.

Wembley Crowd Defiantly Sings French National Anthem Before France/England Friendly

We all know what happened last Friday so there’s no reason to re-hash it. When terrible things such as the terrorists attacks in Paric occur it’s important to stand up and prove that we stand as one and we will not cower in fear. Sports has held a special role in helping citizens across the world convey this message and this video shows how the power of one small soccer game (in the grand scheme of things) can help people heal. Pray for Paris