Being a football fan in the summer can be hard. For nine months of the year, the Premier League is our life pulse. In June, and July, our yearning is such that we would trade a sunny summer day at the beach for a dreary January day with football on the television.
But this summer, the football gods have bestowed upon us a footballing feast. First, they gave us the narrative-soaked footballing orgy that was Brazil 2014. And less than two weeks after the final whistle blew, they brought a glut of the stars, plucked eyebrows, and oddly high-cut shorts to our shores via the Guinness International Champions Cup.
The tournament saw eight of Europe’s elite clubs hopscotch across 13 North American cities and play games in cathedrals of American sport. It’s apex came last Saturday when 109,000 fans packed out the University of Michigan’s Big House to watch Manchester United defeat Real Madrid. A remarkable moment in America’s relationship with the game we love.
After Monday’s final, in which Van Gaal’s team topped Liverpool 3-1 in Miami any United fan will tell you, Who needs the Champions League when you have the Guinness International Champions Cup?
Thanks to GFOP Andrew Laubmeier for the above Big House panorama.