In the digital age in which we live, never has it been easier to connect with football fans from around the world. In terms of expressing an opinion on all things football related, the world is a much different place to what it was some years ago. 2014 proved to be a record-breaking year with an unprecedented number of football fans from all corners of the world taking to social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook to voice their feelings on some of the biggest events in world football.
UEFA Champions League Final 2014: The worldwide reach of the 2014 final in Lisbon was not just felt throughout the match but also the preceding days before the final. The number of followers on their official UEFA twitter account doubled to 4.6 million, whilst their number of likes over on Facebook increased by 1.7 million, And during the Champions League final, over 8 million tweets were recorded during the match itself, peaking at 209,594 tweets per minute, whilst 26 million Facebook users were involved in 67 million interactions, with users from Mexico, Indonesia & Brazil proving to be the most active during the tie.
World Cup 2014: In the footballing event of the year, 35.6 million tweets were sent during Germany’s 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final becoming the most talked about single sporting match of all time. Meanwhile throughout Germany’s 1-0 victory over Argentina in the final, Twitter peaked at 618,725 tweets per minute, again making Twitter history and setting a new record. The impact of the 2014 World Cup was also felt on Facebook with 88 million global users recording over 280 million interactions through comments, posts and likes on the social networking site.
Such staggering statistics helps re-affirm both the worldwide appeal of the beautiful game and further emphasises the role in which social networks play in modern-day football. Yet away from social networking, opportunities to have your opinions heard in the written press, on major football websites, on television and on the radio seem very few and far between. And in such a competitive industry we recognise the difficulties that young, aspiring journalists encounter in trying to achieve their dreams in breaking into such a competitive industry, and gaining the necessary experience to help them do so.
Our website believes strongly that young, aspiring journalists with a genuine enthusiasm and passion for European football should have the right to write. After a trial period of blogging during the 2014 World Cup, we soon realised the potential of launching an official website with this aim in mind. And when the power of sites such as Twitter and Facebook enable incredibly talented and knowledgeable football fans from around the world to connect and come together all in one place, it seems unfair that opportunities for budding writers to have an established platform to post their work seem somewhat limited in an ever-growing digital era.
Subsequently, we aim to provide such a space for your written work to be published online. We don’t require a CV or a list of references and it certainly isn’t essential to have had any previous journalism experience. All we look for is both a genuine love for European football and a passion for sports journalism. Unlike many websites, there are no assigned writing tasks and areas to write about, with set criteria of what we expect you to write about – the choice is all yours!
Like a lesson you may have studied in school, if you find the subject interesting you’re more likely to excel compared to having no interest in the subject at all. Therefore, we leave the topic in question very much in the hands of our contributors. It doesn’t matter to us whether you just have a wide interest in all areas of European Football, a specialised knowledge of a specific club or league or simply just an area of football which interests you ranging from sports gaming to tactical analysis or even writing about which kits you rate and hate! Ultimately, we are always very interested in reading what you have to say.
If any of the above appeals to you and you would like to be a part of what we hope will continue to be a growing community of young football writers, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. We’re always looking to recruit aspiring, young journalists to contribute to the site on what is a voluntary basis for our non-profit, voluntary ran website.
Our intention is (and will always be) based on our own experiences in struggling for experience in Sports Journalism, so instead of simply dismissing going into sports writing, we like to think we are there to help likeminded people. We’ll provide the platform, all we ask you for is your knowledge, your expertise and most importantly your passion for Sports Journalism.
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