soccer

When a European Championship semifinal was decided by a coin toss

This day in football history On 5 June 1968, a coin toss sent hosts Italy into the European Championship final over the Soviet Union. Italy went on to win the final in a replay. Only four teams — Italy, the Soviet Union, England, and Yugoslavia — participated in the tournament. The two semifinal matches were played on the same day, with …

If it continued… (Juventus v Real Madrid)

What would’ve happened if the Champions League final didn’t stop when it did (Real Madrid/Twitter) Real Madrid became the first club to win 12 European Cups and win the Champions League in consecutive seasons, and they did it in convincing fashion, beating Juventus 4–1. The Italian side got off to a solid start and even produced …

The 20th anniversary of when Roberto Carlos bent time and space

This day in football history On 3 June 1997, Brazil managed a 1–1 draw with France in the opening match of the Tournoi de France thanks to one of the most celebrated goals in football history. Organized by the French Football Federation as a friendly in anticipation of the 1998 World Cup, the Tournoi de France featured …

Real Madrid 4, Juventus 1: A good game

Thoughts on an entertaining Champions League final Warm-up A strange endeavor, this: writing about a sporting event occurring 3,204 miles away from a couch in a basement in Amherst, Massachusetts. I have never set foot in Cardiff, the site of today’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus. In person, up close, I have yet …

There’s going to be a Leo Messi amusement park in China

Like Disney World and LegoLand, but with more tattoos Leo Messi will become the first footballer with his own amusement park when the Messi Experience Project opens in Nanjing, China. But instead of keeping it to himself like Cartman in that one episode of South Park, he will generously let other people enjoy it, too. The press …