Five Non-Sport Reasons to Watch Futbol Club Barcelona Tomorrow at Sun Life
|Barcelona's motto is: More than a club.|
The team is known for its slick and mesmerizing passing, has several players considered among the best in the world, and has won the UEFA Champions League Final, roughly equivalent to the Super Bowl, two of the past three years. But those are only the some of the reasons to follow the team. Check out five other reasons that have little to do with action on the field.
5. Small People Dominate
While the sporting world continues to produce gargantuan athletes, Barcelona players are small even for soccer standards. Arguably, the five best players are under 5'10" including the positively dwarf-like Lionel "the Atomic Flea" Messi, the best player in the world who had to take hormone treatments to even get to his current size.
Watching Barcelona play is not a strictly sporting endeavor, there's considerable theater as well. The team is notorious for feigning injuries in order to gain advantages. So don't get confused if you hear the term "diving" when watching Barcelona. They're not talking about the Olympic sport but rather the penchant for overacting to contact and throwing themselves on the floor.
While the major American Sports require a hefty investment of time (about two hours and a half for basketball, almost 3 hours for baseball, and more than three for football) soccer games last only 90 minutes with a 15 minute half time. There are no tedious timeouts which means there are no endless commercials to be watched in between the action.
Barcelona is in Spain but you can't understand what language the players are talking to each other in. That's because it's Catalan, spoken throughout the Spanish region of Catalonia. Many in the region have long called for independence from the rest of Spain and that has led to considerable tension in the country. Good to know that other countries are divided as us.
1. Star Power
Like any world renowned professional sports team, there is considerable star power surrounding Barca. And lately it's been in the form of starlet Shakira, who is dating defender Gerard Pique. She'll no doubt be in the stands. Kobe Bryant is another big fan.
FC Barcelona plays against Chivas de Guadalajara at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sun Life Stadium (2267 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens). Tickets cost $30 to $125. Visit sunlifestadium.com for more information.
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