The Legacy of the 2012 UEFA Champions League

Sports Spangled Banter

The soccer world has been a series of hangovers over the past couple of weeks.  The red of Manchester drank to forget a couple of weekends ago, while the city’s blue popped 44-year old champagne in celebration.  Chelsea and West Ham supporters reveled in victory last weekend, while  Tottenham, Blackpool, and Bayern Munich fans are probably still drinking.

The final part of the season is the Saturday night to the Sunday morning of late May and June.  This pandemonium of emotions from all ends of the spectrum leads into the hangover of the soccer year: that uncomfortable period when the season ends and the transfer market has hardly stirred.  The noise and news reach the highest pitches in the season’s home stretch, then flatline for several weeks after the final Saturday of Champions League football.

Thankfully, Euros wait just around the corner, at the hearts of European soccer: Poland and…

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