While we were watching the Euros…

During the Euros and the Copa America Centenario, a bunch of things happened which captured our attention and made us sit in one spot, staring dumbly at the screen. Some of these things were the matches played. Others were the penalties missed. Some others were the fights and the violence, which was caused by human stupidity, though I will not go into that right now.

But while you all were glued to your seats, watching Simone Zaza jump like a grasshopper on drugs, some other things happened behind our backs. A lot of these things are related to football in a vague, indeterminable way, but some of them are quite solid. A lot of them are not quite surprising, seeing as we already predicted those months ago; some others are just downright funny.

For example, did you know that there was a club that had a coach for just two days? That happened in Lazio; and the coach in question was Marcelo Bielsa. The dude was apparently appointed as the club manager, but resigned within 48 hours. There are reports that state “broken promises” as the reason for this unusually brief tenure, but I would just say it was because they probably have poor network coverage in Lazio.

Inter Milan is now owned by a Chinese group called Suning Holdings Group; not that it means they are about to start buying anyone found kicking a ball into a net, but that’s what they are going to do. Or at least that is what I expect. When Manchester City was taken over by the Sheikh Mansour gang, they suddenly became EPL champions. PSG were doing just fine till Nasser Al-Khelaifi found them; since then, they have become the undisputed boss in the French league. Whoever said that money cannot but happiness obviously never won the LIgue 1 four times in a row. Well, that’s your cue, Inter…

In the meantime, Jose Mourinho was appointed as the head coach for Manchester United. Pep Guardiola was announced as the Manchester City manager. Antonio Conte has signed a contract with Chelsea. Jugen Klopp has extended his contract with Liverpool. Now the power tussle has begun, and this will be far tougher than the Mourinho-Guardiola battle in La LIga a few years ago. May the best man win; we’ll just sit here and watch. What else do we have to do? The Euros is over.

Also, Lionel Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison, though he is unlikely to spend any time in jail. So if you ever want to commit a crime, first go to Spain and become the best footballer in the world.

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