What makes the Champions League the most coveted prize in football?

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesThere’s something about the famous Champions League anthem that makes the hair on the back of your neck rise. Those choral, angelic voices are the signals of elite football, while the TV camera pans along the line of world class footballers ready to perform on the biggest stage club football has to offer.The Champions League, or European Cup as it was formerly called, has always held a special allure, from the days of Alfredo Di Stéfano and Real Madrid’s dominance in the 1950s, to the great Barcelona team managed by Pep Guardiola – marshalled by Xavi and Andrés Iniesta, fronted by Lionel Messi.The history of the competition is one of great teams and great players, memorable matches and drama upon drama. Last season’s semi-finals offered all of this in abundance – Liverpool’s remarkable 4-0 win over Barcelona having trailed 3-0 from the first leg, and Tottenham Hotspur’s last gasp winner in Amsterdam to deny Ajax a place in the final. In those two second leg semi-final ties, all that is great and glorious about the Champions League was there for all to see, for football fans to bask in. The appeal of the Champions League is born of the elite nature of the competition. It is 32 of Europe’s top clubs coming together to do battle, the hard-hitting heavyweights who have won the tournament many times before, and the lesser clubs hoping to upset UEFA Champions League odds and forge their own path towards greatness.Embed from Getty ImagesThe chance of seeing an upset is one of the reasons the Champions League is so dramatic. Last season, Ajax knocked out Real Madrid, who had won the tournament three consecutive times in as many seasons. And who can forget Liverpool’s incredible triumph in 2005, having knocked out the likes of Juventus and Chelsea, before coming from 3-0 down to beat A.C. Milan on penalties in the final. Such moments are what enshrine the Champions League as football’s finest entertainment.And then, many times it is the sheer brilliance of a team that impresses most in the Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, who picked up the title in 2009 and 2011, were such a side. The inspirational, maverick figure of Carles Puyol at the back, the metronomic influence of Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta, the flair of Messi, the cutting edge brought by David Villa – it was one of the great European club sides, one that we will all continue to look back on with astonishment as the years go by.The same could possibly be said of Real Madrid, who have won four of the last six Champions Leagues. While their domestic form may have fluctuated in that time, Madrid found the winning formula in Europe, to the point that their progression to the final seemed nothing short of a formality. Cristiano Ronaldo was the heartbeat of the side, able to conjure a moment of magic seemingly out of nothing. Without doubt, the Spanish side missed his enigmatic presence last season.For supporters, much of the magic of the Champions League is how it builds slowly all season towards its final crescendo. The group stages pass by with the occasional shock or cracking match, and then the competition truly comes into its own in the knockout stages, gathering pace like a snowball rolling down a mountain, culminating in the clash of giants in the final. The nature of the Champions League is that those teams that reach the final do so not by luck or mere fortune. Only the most deserving sides reach the tournament’s showpiece, those who have beat the rest to get there. The team that ultimately win become a champion in the truest sense. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndolast_img read more

Had Enough Already? Quit Facebook Day is May 31

first_imgIf you’re jumping on the quitting-Facebook bandwagon, then have we got a website for you: QuitFacebookDay.com.The site asks that, “if you agree that Facebook doesn’t respect you, your personal data or the future of the Web” then you may want to join in quitting Facebook on May 31, the date it has declared as the official “Quit Facebook Day”.The site is the creation of systems designer Matthew Milan and technologist Joseph Dee, who say that for them, “it comes down to two things: fair choices and best intentions”. Milan writes that they “just can’t see Facebook’s current direction being aligned with any positive future for the web, so we’re leaving.”Facebook has been facing yet another backlash after announcing further changes to its privacy policy during its f8 developer conference last month. Many users take issue with the social network’s now-default opt-out inclusion of its users in new features and services, and “How do I delete my Facebook account” has become a top search suggestion on Google.But while Milan and Dee quote a number of sources (including us) on what alternatives there might be to Facebook, the reality is that few exist. We’ve all heard of Diaspora now, but do we really believe that the future of social networking lies in an alternative that requires users to have their own server and install code? Milan has an amusing take on what he’ll do instead of continuing on with Facebook:At this point I’d rather use 4chan to connect with my family and friends than Facebook. It might be full of pictures of prolapsed anuses and Japanese cartoon porn, but at least it has tripcodes and a healthy dialog (based in action, not words) around the evolving nature of online identity and privacy.Milan also remains, well, realistic about Facebook’s more than 400 million users, saying that he doubts that his act will compel many others to leave, but that it will show that he cared about his data. He also writes that “when there’s a market need, it’s not long before better options appear” and “the best thing to do is to contribute to that need – and that’s what Quit Facebook Day is about.” We asked Milan if he had anything to add about why he was quitting Facebook and he said, “I want to reiterate is that privacy is not why I’m quitting FB – Privacy is a symptom of a set of larger issues, but for most, it’s the easiest to understand.”The site has only been up for a couple of days, but as of right now, it has nine people signed up to quit.If you’re ready to make the jump, simply go to QuitFacebookDay.com and enter your Twitter handle, if you have one. Otherwise, you can enter your email address and, if quitting Facebook is something you’ll need a reminder about, then QuitFacebookDay.com will send you one.Will you make the commitment? Will you contribute to that need?While I do not agree with many of Facebook’s actions, there’s one simple reality that I look to – all of my friends are on Facebook and until that changes, that’s likely where I’ll stay. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melanson Related Posts last_img read more

Bengal records 100 dengue cases

first_imgAt least 100 cases dengue have been reported from West Bengal’s Birbhum district.“We have received reports of at least 100 cases of dengue since July 23. While about 60 of these cases are from the Dubrajpur town in the district’s Suri Sadar sub-division, the rest are from other areas such as Bolpur and Rampurhat towns. But no one has died so far,” Chief Medical Officer of Birbhum, Himadri Ari, told The Hindu. He also said that no cases of dengue have been reported from the flood-affected Labhpur block in the district. According to district officials, a large-scale awareness campaign has been undertaken.last_img read more

Get ready for some cricketing action as ICC World Twenty20 kicks off in Sri Lanka today

first_imgThe moment one steps inside the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, it becomes obvious that one is in a cricket-mad nation.Hanging from the ceiling is a huge red banner that reads “20 times the welcome”, followed by the flags of the participating nations and the West Indies Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland.The ICC World Twenty20 that begins on Tuesday is indeed the flavour of the island nation, and cardboard cut-outs of the Sri Lankan cricketers adorn the entire 35km stretch of the road between the airport and the city centre.People from all walks of life are discussing Sri Lanka’s prospects of finally breaking the jinx of finishing runners-up in two successive ODI World Cups and the 2009 World T20, and they’ll get the opportunity to see how well their heroes have prepared on the opening day when they take on Zimbabwe in Hambantota on Tuesday.Sri Lanka is one of the toughest places to tour, not just because of the conditions but also the home team’s mastery over them.Featuring the likes of Tillakaratne Dilshan, ICC Cricketer of the Year Kumar Sangakkara, captain Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis, there is no doubt they will be among the favourites for the title.However, the fourth edition promises to be the most open in the short history of the World Twenty20, with six to seven teams of the 12 looking strong on paper.An overkill of India-Sri Lanka matches in the past few years hasn’t reduced the fans’ eagerness to see the superstars from the neighbouring country in action, with Monday’s India-Pakistan warm-up match being a talking point for many here.advertisementIndia’s batting looks capable enough with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni showing form in the two warm-up games, as Monday’s performance showed, the bowlers will need to step it up a few notches.Pakistan look strong, especially after their build-up series win against Australia, but inconsistency remains their Achilles heel.Sri Lanka’s Group C mates South Africa are the other contenders for the ‘favourites’ tag.They have got together a squad that has hardly any chinks, but the other ‘C’ word- choking that they will need to lay to rest.West Indies players have often been accused of being Twenty20 mercenaries, but their best lineup can give any team nightmares about facing them.Big-hitting stars like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo are expected to be backed up well by the all-round capabilities of Andre Russell and the ICC’s Emerging Player of the Year, mystery spinner Sunil Narine.The Australians and the English can never be discounted either, no matter how fragile their new-look sides may seem on paper.The format is one that is imprinted on the mind of every Indian cricket fan like a recurring nightmare since the first round exit in the 2007 ODI World Cup- four groups of three teams each leading into Super Eights- and one mistake can draw curtains on the big teams’ campaigns.Three factors that each team will need to take into account are the pitches, which aren’t expected to be as spinner friendly as usual; the weather, which is expected to be fickle over the next week or so; and the improved ability of countries like Bangladesh and Ireland to cause upsets.last_img read more

ONE: Edward Kelly pummels Sung Jong Lee for impressive TKO win

first_imgEdward Kelly vs Sung Jong Lee in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay’s Edward Kelly scored an impressive technical knockout over South Korea’s Sung Jong Lee, ending the featherweight bout just 2:51 into the second round in ONE: Roots of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Kelly recovered from his yellow card infraction late in the first round after he landed an illegal kick to the face of Jung when the two of them were tangled up on the mat.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Gymnast on her gruesome injury: ‘My pain is not your entertainment’ MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sung dropped his fourth straight fight and slipped to a 2-5 record overall.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Come the second round, Kelly took things to the next level and went on the offensive forcing Sung to the mat.Sung initially got hold of Kelly’s right foot but the Team Lakay veteran managed to slip out of it and proceeded to carry out his own striking offensive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics The 35-year-old Filipino fighter rained down heavy punches from above but Sung bore through it all.It wasn’t until the halfway point of the round that Kelly truly dominated from the ground forcing the referee to call a stop to the contest.“I’m confident I can escape or tolerate his leg locks because I knew that the legs of Filipinos are strong,” said Kelly.This was a big bounce back win for Kelly (12-6) after losing to Singapore’s Christian Lee on Jan. 19.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Here comes “The Ferocious” one!💥 #WeAreONE #RootsOfHonor #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/DPx7kn1kWQ— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 12, 2019 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

TV application specialist Accedo plans to expand i

first_imgTV application specialist Accedo plans to expand its London office following its recent launch of two new offices in Cologne, Germany and Santiago, Chile.Speaking to DTVE at IBC, Accedo’s vice-president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Elin Askfelt, said that in the next six months it planned to almost double its London presence by growing from six to 10 staff members and is looking to add people working across business development, project management and product development.The news comes after Stockholm-headquartered Accedo announced the launch of its Cologne and Santiago offices last week. The latter marked Accedo’s first Latin American office, and will employ 5 to 10 people and act as the hub office for the development of operations and business throughout LatAm. Dealings in this region were previously run out of Accedo’s Madrid office.The Cologne base will allow Accedo to easily reach new and existing customers in Germany and surrounding German-speaking markets like Austria and Switzerland.In total the company employs 170 people in 10 offices around the world.last_img read more