The odd bit

Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is an enemy action.

The odd bit - Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is an enemy action.

AC Milan Win UEFA Champions League

It was far from a good game, but AC Milan have won the UEFA Champions League. The final ended in a 2-1 victory against Liverpool FC. The Reds had the ball most of the time but they did very little with it. Milan on the other hand was typically Milan again: smart and a deadly efficiency. The smartest team won tonight.

The best games I’ve seen in the competition this season were the two semi final matches between Milan and Manchester United. In both games, Milan was truly impressive.

Referees In Football: Laughing Or Crying?

Attention all decks: this is a rant!

A football game can be a pure beauty to watch, but there’s one man who can destroy it for everyone: the referee. And it seems to be a growing problem in modern football. I’m even having trouble finding one good referee (first division and European level).

The biggest problem is consistency. If both Team A and Team B make exactly the same foul, they should be treated in exactly the same way. How simple that may sound, it is very rare these days. This is very frustrating when you’re watching a live game because it’s much more apparent there.

Another problem is they’re too lenient on agressive tackles. Football is football. If you want to play rugby you’ve chosen the wrong sport. The players who want to play football should be protected and the lawn mowers should receive a yellow card on their first tackle that’s over the limit.

And last but not least, I really do not understand why UEFA doesn’t intervene. They want to have the best football competition in the world (read: Champions League), but they keep giving matches to those that aren’t even worth being called amateurs. Get with the times and stop being the bureaucracy that you are.

Alright, ladies and gentlemen. I just had to write that out to get it off my chest. End of rant :-)

PS: For the American readers, replace “football” with “soccer” in this post.