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Why Copa Is Showing Euro 2016 What Football Is

Supporters Club is an exciting platform where we get to share opinions and ideas about local football, but there are no strict guidelines, and every now and then we chat about global football too. Today’s opinion: the Euro 2016 competition has been a dark time for football, both on and off the pitch; here's why it is not worth your time.

Forgive me for writing a blog post today, but I feel strongly about this. I, like many others, was very excited for the Euros to begin. Never has the talent been so vast and established across the board. Pogba, Vardy, Ronaldo, Bale, and Ibrahimovic… a spectacle was expected.

But it never arrived. We have been subjected to so many 0-0, 1-1, or other low-scoring games. Not only that, but the quality of football has not been mind-blowing either. Like ballerinas shadow-boxing, the European teams have danced around each other, too scared to try anything to the point that the supporter ends up being the big losers of the day.

Someone recently said to me that it was because the smaller teams had stepped up their game. But this can't be right, can it? Does this mean that the better all teams get at football, the more boring the football we must endure becomes?

Then there are the off-the-field issues. Rioting, looting, violence, the whole works. Good job Europe, stale football on the field and violence off it.

This would all be fine if we had nothing to compare the Euros to, but we do. The Copa America is currently under way. Now that is what I call football. Flair, goals, and passion.

So far, 54 goals have been scored at the Euros and 26 games have been played, while, at the Copa America, there have been 88 goals scored after 29 games.

And, no, it is not just the big teams hammering the little ones by large margins. Chile beat Mexico (no small team) 7-0. Argentina beat USA (a pretty decent team) 4-0. Brazil were knocked out long ago. The Copa America has all the making of a Hollywood thriller. It is beautiful, aggressive, attacking football at its finest, football that should be played to music.

Euro 2016 has had its moments of glory, such as Croatia's 2-1 surprise victory over Spain last night or Spain's 3-0 thrashing of Turkey. But these have been few and far between. Germany, France, England, and Portugal have all had 0-0 draws in a competition they all claim to want to win. Surely a championship team goes out to deliver the goods, or at least dies trying to, so that it was not a complete waste of time for the supporter?

If you love football, and you don't want to use it as a sleeping pill, here is my suggestion: Catch up on your rest from 6pm to 11pm when the Euro 2016 matches are under way; you probably won't miss much. Then wake up for the festival of goals and flair at 2am called the Copa America. If you don't believe me, go look at some of the goals currently being scored in South America... That's what I call football.

However, the great thing about football is that both competitions still have time to prove me wrong…

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