(this is literally Lesotho Correctional Services' home pitch, capacity 3000 in case you were wondering; I would assume that's standing room only)#1: DYNAMOS F.C. vs. LESOTHO CORRECTIONAL SERVICES
This preliminary round of the CAF Champions League is your normal home-and-away tie, with aggregate winners moving on to the official First Round of 32 teams. Dynamos aka the Glamour Boys is a team from Zimbabwe. But the real interesting thing to me is that there is a team called Lesotho Correctional Services, which makes me assume this is either a team of prison guards or of prisoners, which then leads to the whole possibility of famous footballers being wrongly imprisoned just to perform on the LCS team for a corrupt warden. I am going to assume that's what is going on here.
(just another day of chillingly battling riot police for Palmeiras fans)#2: SPORTING CRISTAL vs. PALMEIRAS
Meanwhile, back down in South America, one of Peru's top teams (Sporting Cristal) is going up against one of Brazil's most popular teams (Palmeiras) in Peru. I would very much like to disappear from this bullshit country called America and do life research on psychotropical drugs in South America while also maintaining a writing presence covering the human aspect of football on that continent. All sugar mama benefactors apply to my email address. I am pretty talented at oral linguistics.
(just your standard rooster on a soccer ball with a knight holding a bloody sword team logo tattoo)#3: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs. LYON
In case you didn't know, the UEFA Europa League is like a second-tier to UEFA club championships, below the Champions League, so sort of like the American NIT tournament, major leagues are not stoked to go there but then maybe win a couple and then are like, "Oh okay, we'll see what we can do here." And then smaller leagues (countries in this case) are super-stoked to have a chance to beat up on bigger league teams, albeit on a smaller scale than the Champions League. This game is not like that because they've gotten to the knockout round of 32, which is a home-and-away, and EPL heavyweight Tottenham Hotspur aka the snarky hipster's team of choice (for those too cool for cool ass Arsenal) going up against a stupid French team. Fuck French teams. I like the Spurs because they have Clint Dempsey and I read an interview one time where he talked about listening to DJ Screw a lot. That's really all I need, to think some football dude from Texas is riding around on the wrong side of the road in London, bumping some Screw tapes, drinking codeine or whatever European codeine is, I guess for-real absinthe or something.
In yesterday's games of note; Atletico Mineiro beat Sao Paulo, 2 to 1; Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 1/1; and Shakthar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund drew 2/2.
TWO DAYS IN A ROW I HAVE DONE THIS NOW!