It is commonplace these days to hear that TV is so boring because there is no football action being shown. Indeed, for the die-hard football fans who live and breathe the sport, these are the times when the days seem to have 25 hours in them instead of 24. 360Gh Online presents you with five possible things to do while away till next August when Europe’s big leagues return.
Play a sport
You have been a coach, a critic and a sympathizer for the last ten months. It’s time to get on your feet and show that you knew what you were talking about when you were analyzing game day squads and chanting, ‘WENGER OUT’. Active participation in a sport will not only help to take your mind off the boredom, but it will also provide an avenue to exercise and whip your body into shape.
Try out other sports
There’s more to the sporting world than football. The Roland Garros just ended with the king of clay claiming a straight set victory to win this 10th title on clay court. There are still two grand slams to compete for, with Wimbledon coming up in June and July. As Djokovic takes a break, be prepared for someone new to stake a claim to world number 1, more so as Murray is not at the top of his game. The Formula One season is getting interesting with thirteen more tracks to go. Ferrari’s Vettel is giving Hamilton and Mercedes a good run for their money.
Earn the right to say I was there when it happened
Head into a stadium near you and watch some local action happen, live and in person. The Ghana Premier League is in full swing as it heads into game week 19. West African Football Academy (WAFA) and Aduana Stars are attempting to turn it into a 2-horse race, but Accra Hearts of Oak is having none of it, coming in at 3rd position. Kumasi Asante Kotoko is busy finding its feet after a string of poor results. The relegation battle is also getting heated up with Great Olympics, Ashanti Gold FC and Bolga All Stars are fighting hard to beat the drop.
Follow FIFA international competitions
World Cup qualifiers return in full force this month of June, in Europe, Asia and Oceania followed by the FIFA Confederations Cup from the 17th of June to 2nd July 2017 in Russia. Winners from all 6 of FIFAs confederations will battle it out in the curtain raiser for the 2018 Mundial. Countries representing the various continents are Cameroon, Portugal, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and Chile from Africa, Europe, Asia, Central America and Caribbean, Oceania and South America respectively. These six will be joined by Germany as 2014 World Cup winners and Russia as hosts.
Watch season movies of your favorite teams
Get yourself a DVD and binge-watch the history-making exploits of Zidane and his Madrid team on the road to the Duodecima and the Spanish La Liga, Antonio Conte’s season-defining 3-4-3 formation, Monaco ending a 17-year wait to win the French Ligue 1, and the old ladies of Italian football, Juventus, brushing aside all that stood in their way to notch an unprecedented 6th consecutive Italian Scudetto. This list will not be complete without mention of RB Leipzig who nearly pulled off a repeat of the 2015/16 Leicester City’s feat in Germany, but for the resilience of the Bavarians.
On all accounts, the season was extremely exciting and it’s no surprise we miss it already. We just hope and pray that the gods of football will bless us with an equally entertaining one next season.
WRITER- AYELEY COMMODORE-MENSAH