Champions League is under way

30 Jun

Believe it or not, only 6 weeks removed from Inter Milan’s Champions League win, without even reaching the month of July, and the next saga of Champions League football is already in motion!!

In the very, very, very first game of the world’s greatest competition, mighty FC Santa Coloma was scheduled to play Birkirkara FC yesterday in Andorra. FC Santa Coloma qualified by topping Andorra’s 8 team Campionat de Lliga. Interestingly enough, it’s a part time league and the players are part time. Blacksmith, lawyer, shoe shiner by day – Champions League footballer by night. Not a bad gig I must say.

Birkirkara FC hails from the bigger and better Maltese Premier League that sports 10 teams. Led by U-19 captain Rowen Muscat, they face an uphill battle without their injured veteran defender Nisevic and Buhagiar up top (I promise I didn’t make those names up).

Now seeing as how Andorra almost claimed my life 4 years ago, I’m leaning towards throwing my support behind the Maltese. Especially because they have their own Ultras group and were established 36 years before Santa Coloma. They’ve got some history! It’s also Birkirkara’s 3rd appearance in this prestigious tournament compared to Santa Coloma’s second, so I gotta go to experience.

I know you’re getting very antsy and you want a match report. So here’s what happened….it rained. And rained really, really hard. So much so that the pitch at Santa Coloma’s Estadi Comunal d’Andorra la Vella become waterlogged and unplayable. The match was abandoned by UEFA after they ruled the pitch was unfit for play. UEFA Disciplinary Commission is looking into the matter and could hand the victory to MY TEAM, Birkirkara FC.

Sorry for the anti-climatic result. Hopefully it will be resolved and a game will be played. If not, mighty Slovak giants MŠK Žilina lie in wait for the winner. What a cracking game that’ll be!

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