Pure joy: Some of the greatest nights of my life have been watching European football. File PhotoViet Nam News by Paul Kennedy For me, there’s nothing better than European football. Some of the greatest nights of my life have been watching my team play under the floodlights in the Champions or Europa Leagues. I’ve seen games in Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Greece. When the Champions League anthem plays to greet the two teams on to the pitch shivers run down my spine. My love affair with European football started in the early 1980s. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of me tuning into the radio to hear commentary of Liverpool playing, and usually beating, teams with strange sounding names like Borussia Monchengladbach or Grasshopper Zurich. This week UEFA have announced they will be introducing a third European competition to run alongside the Champions and Europa Leagues. I should be, to coin a footballing phrase, over the moon. But in fact I’m finding myself as sick as a parrot. The plan is not to restructure the Champions League but instead to reduce the amount of teams playing in the Europa tournament to create the extra competition. Granted, this… Read full this story
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