It’s that time again! When college and university common rooms fill with the next generation of football sophisticates, classes are skipped, work is dodged, browser screens showing illegal feeds are minimized as bosses walk by.
Champions League day.
Is it a bloated competition showcasing the worst, corporate elements of the modern ‘branded’ game, brought to you by Carlsberg? Probably. Is it the single driving source of Europe’s unsustainable transfer market, which has helped to fuel the same wage inflation that has wreaked havoc in less-protected lower leagues? Certainly.
Is it the greatest annual football competition in the world?
Without a doubt, and Borussia Dortmund remind us why they’re one of the few Championship-winning clubs that don’t make you feel dirty for supporting (even though they pinched Reus from Gladbach, the bastards).