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The ongoing debate about who is the best man – Christiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi – sets the tone and marks the high sporting and commercial quality of this year’s semi-finals in the UEFA Champions League

In alignment with the events of Spanish football’s La Liga, the UEFA Champions League has FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Christiano Ronaldo in leading roles. Last night, Ronaldo scored his 76th goal in the Champions League tournament when his team Real Madrid faced Juventus in the first leg of semi-finals. He now moved […]

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UEFA Champions League reflecting the appealing spectacle of professional football

Different scholars have brought much in-depth knowledge about why sports fans engage with professional sports properties (Funk & James, 2001; Funk, 2001; Kahle & Close). The UEFA Champions League tournament and this year’s quarter finals exemplify some of these patterns. The general motivational factors tied to sports event participation and/or viewership, i.e. socialization, performance, excitement, […]

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UEFA Champions League – a perfect example of global sports hero production

As the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League kicks off tonight when Paris Saint-Germain faces Chelsea FC and Shakhtar Donetsk welcomes FC Bayern Munich, football (soccer) fans worldwide will be witnessing yet another example of football’s penetrative force to produce global sports heroes. The competitive edge of the UEFA Champions League is the […]

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Another Sunday of Super Bowl commercialism

Photo: Reflecting the commercial influence on the Super Bowl (source: NFL). The Super Bowl is a gigantic marketing event. The FIFA World Cup (soccer) and the Olympic Games are the most popular sports events on a global scale measured on attention and media exposure (however, these two events are not one-day events) but the Super […]

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Christiano Ronaldo’s hunger sets the standard for football’s global superstars

Photos: Christiano Ronaldo’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. Football (soccer in the US) is as the world’s most popular sport a ’true superstar economy’. People in all regions of the world recognize or may even identify with the sport’s top player. At the pinnacle of the sport’s most prestigious individual award ceremony stands Christiano Ronaldo […]

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