A Tribute to Shootouts
As Kevin so eloquently outlined below, one of the highlights of Chicago LFC’s summer co-ed season was our semifinal victory over FC Hangover in a shootout following a 0-0 draw. Critics have always questioned whether or not the shootout is the fairest way to settle a match, especially when the World Cup or Champions League title hangs in the balance. What shootouts may lack in fairness, they make up for in heart-pounding excitement. Have you ever watched a shootout and not been on the edge of your seat?
My fond memories of shootouts date back to 1985. I was a third grader at the Peck School in Morristown, NJ, where the third and fourth grade boys were split into four teams- Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines- for soccer during autumn afternoons. I was on the Marines and we were awful during the regular season- something like 2-15-2. But somehow in the playoffs we knocked off the #1 seed, Navy, in the semis, 3-1 (the first goal courtesy of yours truly), and in the final we defeated Air Force in, you guessed it, a shootout following a 0-0 stalemate. The events of last Sunday brought back a lot of fond memories.
And for Liverpool fans, shootouts should bring back even more fond memories. The Reds captured their last two European Cups on spot kicks- against AS Roma in the Stadio Olympico in 1984 and 21 years later on a magical night in Istanbul against AC Milan. In the years that followed there was a FA Cup triumph from spot kicks over West Ham, and a Champions League semifinal victory over Chelsea that delighted the fans at Anfield.
Thanks to the World Wide Netweb, you can relive many of these great LFC triumphs online. Enjoy!
2007 Champions League Semifinals: Liverpool vs. Chelsea: Rafa is cool as ice as the Reds dispatch Chelsea at this stage for the second time in three years.
2006 FA Cup Final: Liverpool vs. West Ham: The shootout starts around the 4:45 mark, but are you telling me you’re going to skip past Stevie G’s heroics?
2005 Champions League Final: Liverpool vs. AC Milan: If you haven’t already seen this one, you’re probably visiting the wrong Web site.
1984 European Cup Final: Liverpool vs. AS Roma: The spaghetti leg theatrics of Bruce Grobbelaar lead the Reds to their fourth European Cup. The shootout starts at the three minute mark.