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In America, affordable ticket prices have long since been replaced by expensive tickets more suited to business outings than fan enjoyment.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.
Make money, spend money. This is the philosophy of many of the top clubs in the world. Each will spend ludicrous amounts of money to buy the “best” players and create a super club. Thank Real Madrid for the Galacticos club mentality and thank business tycoons and minted mobsters for the incredible influx of money in all of the top leagues. With this money comes expectation of revenue and winning. As much as I would like to sit here and say winning is most important, I’m fairly confident that if Man City finished 4th in the league and made it to the knock-out round in the Champions League, and merchandise flew off the shelves to the tune of $500 million and the TV deals continued to break records, it would not matter that the club underachieved and won nothing. It’s an interesting time in World Football and who knows if there is a bubble to burst. Check out this graphic below (Deloitte) and enjoy some stats:
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.
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.
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‘s 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 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.
From George Logan:
This was a personal project with photographer George Logan.
A series of lighthearted photos that recreate infamous footballing
moments, with kids. We wanted to ask whether a game that has
increasingly courted controversy over the years, with ever growing
salaries and celebrity lifestyles, is still creating the right role
models for Britain’s youth to copy.
What an idea! This guy has been getting a lot of press for these photographs and he deserves it. He took these pictures to convey a certain message and I could care less what that message is. I just find it hilarious seeing young kids recreating these pictures. The top picture is definitely the Mario Balotelli recreation. The real picture was ridiculous when it happened and it makes sense seeing a child recreate it. At least if a child had done it he could have been excused for his childish behavior. Mario Balotelli is just a child who never grew up.
h/t 8 by 8