After engineering Argentina's victory versus Belgium in the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals, former manager Alejandro Sabella sang the praises of Lionel Messi in a way in which the vast majority of people who bet on soccer, when looking for the right words to describe the star, simply couldn't muster. Back then, it was undoubtedly more a reflection of the individual. Messi led Argentina to the semifinals of the World Cup for the first time in 24 years, and, of course the final, one of a string of losses Argentina have come to expect in that stage in the last 10 years. And now, probably more than ever, words are better put to use to call to action not just to Messi, but the whole team to direct the world's top-ranked team – and thus the best because statistics are all that matter in sports – to its first major tournament win since 1993.
Fans betting on soccer are going to be so spoiled this summer, as we are not just getting the Euro, we are also getting the Copa America! The prestigious South American tournament is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary and to mark the special occasion they are hosting a big tournament in the US that will include Caribbean, Central and North American National teams, making it the biggest continental tournament the Americas have ever experienced. And with the Euro going on at almost the same time, well it’s kind of like having the next best thing to the World Cup.
Soccer betting fans who are sticklers for statistics would note that the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 28th is actually Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid Part 213 or so. In fact, this is probably not even the first time the square off in European competition. However, this is the second time that the two teams will do battle for the UCL trophy. Part 1 came in 2014 when Real dramatically tied the match in injury time and then proceeded to – in much less dramatic fashion – to crush Atlético into cosmic particles to the surprise of none who bet on soccer.
Soccer betting fans need not worry over Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury scare during practice yesterday. According to Ronaldo he “had a small problem in the training session” but will be at his “best level” for the UEFA Champions League Finals versus Atlético Madrid regardless. The Portuguese star left practice early under his own power after colliding with should-be-starting-goalkeeper-instead-of-you-know-who Kiko Casilla. Perhaps they were recreating Draymond Green’s low blow of Steve Addams – though thankfully it was Ronaldo’s thigh that took the brunt of the clash. However, doctors quickly dismissed any potential injuries.
All over the world, betting on soccer season is coming to an end, and then we will redirect our attentions to the most important continental competitions. But before we focus on the Euro and the Copa America, there are 5 Domestic Cup Finals that will put a bow on European domestic soccer. These games will provide some more excitement for the average bettor/soccer fan.