As the football season draws to a close, all eyes are on the most coveted prize in football – the Champions League.
However, not all roads in the competition lead to Rome – Warwick’s own Champions League competition will be contested on the hallowed (synthetic) turf of the Tarkett.
In the Wednesday League, only four teams remain in the Champions League competition – with Raining Champions set to face Chemistry in the first of two semi-finals tomorrow (Wednesday).
Both teams were undefeated in the final league standings, with Raining Champions topping the table with sixteen points from a possible eighteen.
Chemistry, however, amassed fourteen points from the eighteen on offer, with a spectacular goal difference to boot.
Also on Tarkett tomorrow will be the final of the Wednesday league’s ‘UEFA Cup’ competition, with King Street Elite facing Internacional. Only goal difference separated these two in the final league standings, so a close game could be in prospect.
The Saturday league semi-finals look equally appetising, with the Men’s Cricket Football Club proving equally adept on the football pitch. They take on Blue Star Belgrade in an evening kick-off this Friday.
The Men’s Cricket team finished fifth in the overall league standings, however their opponents Blue Star Belgrade, despite finishing in the ninth and final Champions League spot, knocked out Random Selection in the quarter-finals, the team who topped the final league standings with an almost unblemished record.
The only team to have triumphed over Random Selection, the English Department team, face off against Real Erasmus in the other semi-final. The English team were the best-placed of the remaining teams in the competition when the league stage ended, amassing an impressive nineteen points from the twenty-four available.
They are also the top scorers in the Saturday league, netting an impressive twenty-five goals, which averages in excess of three goals per game.
However, Real Erasmus have conceded only seven goals in their eight league fixtures, and eliminated Real Hustle in the quarter-finals, who had previously been highly impressive.
The equivalent ‘UEFA Cup’ ties for the Saturday league are also this weekend – with two mouth-watering semi-finals.
Warwick Medics will face the flair of Italian Soc, while in the other semi-final Physics 2008 face the International Engineers Superstar Soccer.
The Medics, unlucky not to feature in the Champions League format, look to be the favourites to take the crown after their superior final standing in the league, however, in the unpredictable world of knock-out football, they will be taking nothing for granted.
The knock-out fixtures for the Sunday league have yet to be decided, however, close games are sure to be in store at the business end of the competition, with the top eight teams being separated by a mere five points.