Inexorably, beer and soccer (futbol) will forever be attached like a pint-carrying hand to its pint glass.
Some of the world’s most talismanic ball-strikers have also been notorious for kicking back more than a few drinks in a sitting.
See: Gaucho, Ronaldinho and his pre-training beverage of choice.
See: Fat, Ronaldo and the bizarre situations his partying habits got him into.
But boozing pervades more than just the players and has embedded itself into the sport. In Glasgow, you don’t dare show up in a Rangers pub wearing Celtic colors, and vice versa. Occasionally, a referee will show up and referee a match drunk.
Hell, if you want to know who’s going to triumph in the upcoming European Championships, don’t trust your instincts or those mercurial FIFA rankings—just ask a psychic beer-loving pig and elephant duo for your picks.
A not-so-bold prediction for the aforementioned European Championships: There will be beer. There will be football.
So what better way to characterize each of Europe’s challengers for next month’s tournament than match each one up with a delicious beer?
Pints up, friends.