In case you missed the UEFA Champions League here are some quick results.
The UEFA Champions League is an annual Futbol (Soccer) competition that is played in the beautiful continent of Europe. The importance and the quality of competition played in the Champions League is of the highest class. 32 teams are drawn into eight groups with the best two teams of each group going on into the round of 16. The winners from the round of 16 will go on to the quarter finals then the semifinals and finally the final game.
The Champions League started in 1955 and since has become the biggest and most viewed yearly sporting event in the world. When compared the 2021 Super Bowl had a viewership of 110 million worldwide while the 2021 UEFA Champions League had 700 million views.
Bayern Munich (Germany), Real Madrid (Spain), Liverpool (England), Millian (Italy), and Barcelona (Spain) are amongst the most successful teams in Champions League history. Since 1955-56, there have been 28 cities across 17 different European countries which have hosted a Champions League final. Portugal’s/ Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo has the record on most goals scored in the Champions League with 140 while Argentina’s/Paris Saint Germain’s Lionel Messi has 125 goals putting him in 2nd place. These two mega stars are the only players who have reached more than 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League.
The Champions League is something I really recommend watching. There are very little things people all over the world enjoy but this is one of them. Here is a list of all the winners. It will help you catch up on the history.
List of Winners
|2019-20||Bayern Munich||Paris Saint-Germain||1-0|
|2015-16||Real Madrid||Atlético Madrid||1-1 (5–3)|
|2013-14||Real Madrid||Atlético Madrid||4-1|
|2012-13||Bayern Munich||Borussia Dortmund||2-1|
|2011-12||Chelsea||Bayern Munich||1-1 (4–3)|
|2007-08||Manchester United||Chelsea||1-1 (6–5)|
|2001-02||Real Madrid||Bayer Leverkusen||2-1|
|1998-99||Manchester United||Bayern Munich||2-1|
|1990-91||Red Star Belgrade||Marseille||0-0*|
|1981-82||Aston Villa||Bayern Munich||1-0|
|1978-79||Nottingham Forest||Malmö FF||1-0|
|1974-75||Bayern Munich||Leeds United||2-0|
|1973-74||Bayern Munich||Atlético Madrid||1-1|
|1973-74 Replay||Bayern Munich||Atlético Madrid||4-0|
|1959-60||Real Madrid||Eintracht Frankfurt||7-3|
|1958-59||Real Madrid||Stade de Reims||2-0|
|1955-56||Real Madrid||Stade de Reims||4-3|
Saturday, the VC football team clinched the 2021 Northern Conference Title, defeating a past rival, Canyons. A key player in the success of our Pirates this year is Kicker/Punter, Alberto Arroyo.
A Carpinteria High School alum, Tito wasn’t raised playing football, but rather soccer. (It’s not uncommon for the Kicker/Punter to be a soccer player.) Originally, Arroyo had no interest in football, but before his sophomore year of high school, he was recruited by some friends who recognized his talent. He decided to play for fun! He played 4 years of soccer and 3 years of football with the Carpinteria High School Warriors.
When asked about adjusting his kicking technique as he switched from soccer to football, Tito explained, “The technique is way different, especially with the follow through. It took time for me to get used to it.” Arroyo attended training camps where he was able to work on his technique and strength as a kicker. His lifelong soccer training served as a great foundation for his kicking career.
In his senior year, Tito had friends already attending Ventura College who recruited him to continue his football journey and play for VC Pirates. In 2019, Tito joined Ventura College Football as a kicker. He played a lot during his first season and the Pirates went 8-3 that year.
In 2020 when the pandemic hit, Tito and his teammates were able to continue practicing despite not having a real season. They trained together and united as a team. The players grew closer to their coaches and respected each other on a whole new level. Arroyo mentioned in 2019 when he first started all the players didn’t play as a team as much as they all did for themselves. During Covid, they began to take their coaches advice more seriously and created a bond amongst the whole team and coaching staff.
With the lifting of the restrictions from the pandemic, the Pirates football team emerged united as a powerhouse team not to be reckoned with. After an undefeated season so far, last Saturday the Pirates defeated Canyons, a rival team who had beat them in 2019. Ventura College and Canyons were the top two teams in Southern California. Tito attributes that game as his favorite because so much was riding on it. It made their victory that much sweeter. Tito’s punts and field goals were essential to the success of the team.
Aside from football, Arroyo has already completed his AA in Communications at Ventura College. He hopes to continue his football career and transfer to Fresno State in the spring.
Tito will be playing on Saturday, November 13 at home against East Los Angeles. If they, the Pirates would clinch the top seed in the Southern California Football Association’s Final Four, securing home field advantage throughout the state playoffs. Kickoff at the Sportsplex is scheduled for 6:00 pm as VC Athletics celebrates Veteran Student Night and Military Appreciation Night.