On February 15th, the UEFA Champions League will finally recommence. 16 of Europe’s best soccer teams are still competing for the title. Who will end up lifting the trophy? Nobody will be able to predict the future, well … except me of course.
Below you will find 6 bold predictions concerning the world’s most successful annual sports competition: the UEFA Champions League.
The UEFA Champions League Will Be the Most Watched Event…Ever
The UEFA Champions League final on May 28th 2011 will become the most watched annual sporting event in global television history! The live broadcast will exceed the grand total of 115 million average viewers worldwide.
A Spanish Team Will Win the 13th ‘Spanish Trophy’
Defending FIFA World Cup & UEFA European Champions Spain will also become the most successful nation in the history of European club soccer, with a grand total of 13(!) UEFA Champions League wins (might have something to do with this character). Currently Italy and Spain both boast 12 wins; England has 11.
The Finals Will Be Numbered
UEFA will start numbering its UEFA Champions League finals. Most probably in Arabic numerals, the numeral system widely used in Europe and the Americas – as opposed to the Roman numerals used for the Super Bowl.
50% of All Finalists Will Be in English
At least 5 out of the next 10 teams to qualify for the UEFA Champions League final will be English. (Bonus prediction: All winners during these five years will be English, Spanish or Italian football teams).
Only 2 ‘New Teams’ Will Win the Competition
The UEFA Champions League title will not have been won by more than 23 different clubs (currently its 21, 12 of which have won the title more than once). The only additions to the current list could be Chelsea FC and / or Manchester City (sorry to disappoint all gunners).
Asian Players Will Leave Their Mark
The coming decade will see the break-through of Asian soccer talent. By 2021 at least 11 players will have participated in the UEFA Champions League final. Up to now only one Asian player has participated (South Korean Ji-Sung Park who lost the final with Manchester United in 2009).
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