Football, as many have remarked, is more important than life or death. It is communal, it is social, it can inspire a fervour barely seen in religions and political movements. The players and the veneration of them is just one part of the passion inspired by football, for many football can be an expression of their politics or their beliefs. The game is about so much more than just the game, and nowhere is this more evident than when a team wins a competition.
A substitute scoring the winning goal, during injury time of an F.A Cup final upset. It sounds like a romantic fairytale but happened overnight for Ben Watson of Wigan Athletic.
Bayern’s Boateng pouring beer over Ribery to celebrate winning the Bundesliga
A PSG fan who clashed with police in Paris being arrested. Hundreds of PSG supporters took to the streets after their Ligue 1 title was confirmed
Barcelona players drive through the streets after claiming La Liga. The fiercely Catalonian city identifies with the club as a vehicle for their frustrations and desire for independence from the central government in Madrid.