There is evidence that the beautiful game is rigged, just like the WWE wrestling, with match fixing and the outcome being pre-determined by players doing each other favours to help the other team win, by managers and staff, even by referees. I mean, an all English teams in the champions league final and Uefa cup final ? What a coincidence. When I watched the semi final matches, Barcelona was supposed to firmly win that tie, with a comfortable 3 goal lead in the first leg, but in the second leg, from the offset, I spotted a Barca defender “complacently” pass the ball straight to a Liverpool attacker without looking where he is passing, making me believe he struck a deal to help Liverpool win. Furthermore throughout the match, the usually strong Barcelona players performed very badly and looked disinterested. Even during the quickly taken free-kick goal by Liverpool, the barca players spotted the “kick” and didn’t react. They didn’t even protest to the referee that they were not happy which means they seemed fine with it.
But the best example of this rigging is during the Porto - Manchester United match in the 2009 champions league. At one point a Porto defender “complacently” passed the ball back towards his own goal without looking, he was facing the other way, at which point, Rooney was in position waiting for the pass “as if to anticipate the pass”. Then Rooney got the ball and scored. Which means Rooney was expecting the complacent pass from that defender and that the defender was helping United win. In fact, he moved into position just before the complacent pass was made, to receive the pass.
There are many other examples like players making epic misses of goals from 2 yards out, goalkeepers letting a catchable ball pass through them etc.
This has made me decide to stop watching club soccer, and I may continue watching only national team soccer and women’s soccer. What’s the use if the game continues to be rigged like that ?
Edit: I forgot to mention that they also do it to please the bookies.