Yi Yong Wook
I'm certain the most popular sport in the world is football. From the very young girl to the elder gentleman, so many people are crazy about football game. Actually, FIFA World Cup is the biggest sport event. As we know that Korea already has held World Cup in 2002 and we could find the fame of that tournament. It is an interesting thing that Korean people misunderstood that among the football matches, there is only national competition. However, it is a big mistake because there are so many football competitions in some other countries. I just want to introduce UEFA Champions league to you now.
2. Back grounds
If you like foot ball, you may have heard about team Manchester United, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and AC Milan at least. Those are really famous football club not only in European continent but also all around world and those teams are top class in their domestic league. Many years ago, each team supporter wanted to make certain what a team is the strongest team in Europe. So a French sport journalist Gabriel Hanot suggested that making a tournament between each country's strong football team. So, the tournament was begun in 1955 with the name European Cup. It was the beginning of the history. At the beginning moment, this competition had different form. For along time, the tournament system has been changed often. The competition system has been undergoing changes since the 1991/92 season. The current system was adopted in 2003. In the 1992/93 season, the tournament was renamed to UEFA Champions League from European Cup.
3. A process of this tournament
This competition has a complicated rule like World Cup but sometimes it is more complex because of some differences. So let's look at it.
The tournament consists of several stages and begins with three preliminary knockout qualifying rounds. Different teams start in different rounds, according to their position in domestic league sixteen top ranked teams such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United spread across the biggest domestic leagues qualify directly.
In the following preliminary round, participating teams are paired, with aggregate winners proceeding into the next round. Qualifying rounds span from mid-July to late August. The sixteen winners of the final qualifying round are joined by the sixteen teams who have qualified directly, to participate in the group stage. Teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams, each team playing every other team in the group twice. The top two teams from every group qualify for the next round. The sixteen remaining teams take part in the knock-out stage, which starts in late February and ends with the final match in May.
For example, we will see the final in 23, May this year.
All qualifying rounds and knock-out ties are two-legged, with each team hosting one match. The team which scores the greater aggregate number of goals qualifies for the next round. The away goals rule applies. Extra time and penalty kicks are used to determine the winner, if necessary. An exception is the final, which is a single match played at a predetermined venue.
I just mentioned about the rule and the process of this competition. Actually, it is not interesting. The important thing is the football match itself. As we watch the Champions league, we can face many star players like Ronaldo, Ronaldingho, Kaka, David Beckham, Raul, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane even Park-Ji-Sung and some other players in the ground or TV screen. It's an exciting thing! Each athlete plays in passion for their individual honor and Club's glory and the champion cup. We feel strong impression and sensation when we see the player's fantastic movement, awful passion and splendid goals. We feel nervous if the match is in the dramatic situation.
All the things in matches and competitions are attractive. In fact, this competition is really popular in other countries. However, Champions league is not famous in Korea despite a Korean player Park-Ji-Sung plays in because it's been a short time to be known for its fame and honor and excitement to Korean people. I expect that Champions league will be famous and popular to Korean people. Many manias in Korea already fall in the charm of this competition and this kind of people will increase. I want to share some pleasure, excitement and delight with you. You must miss if you lose the chance to see this interesting one. I'm certain that.
So why don't you have a chance to see the fabulous event?
Yi Yong Wook
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