I'm going to go ahead and make a new thread specifically for European soccer, and will probably make a separate MLS one later, to replace the old "everything soccer" thread that had become too unwieldy.
Also, I didn't like the title. So sue me.
Anyway, we start off with Italy's seemingly annual embarrassment to the Beautiful Game, YET ANOTHER MATCH-FIXING SCANDAL!
Do the Italians just not get it? After decades of being one of the primary and more valuable contributors to the rich history and tradition and pageantry of the game, Italy has brought nothing but disrepute to themselves and the sport with the first cheating revelations (and blatant attempt by the perpetrators to be able to just get away with it), dragging the World Cup into the mud with their diving exploits, and now this.
If I were an Italian fan, I'd hide my face in shame over this. One cheating scandal is bad enough, but this just shows that the publicity from that, or the punishments handed down, did nothing to give any pause to further misdeeds. Something needs to be done to counteract the culture of impunity that seems to pervade calcio, before they tarnish the entire worldwide game any further.
Oh, and Man United sucks balls.
There, that should get things going nicely.