What to do while you wait for the European season to begin

  • Govindan Kishwar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 13, 2016 11:45 IST
Playing football with your friends can be one of the best things to do during the dull off season. (Getty Images)

So Euro 2016 is over huh? No way to get your daily dose of football? Hmm...even the football season doesn’t kick off till mid-August. What does a football fan do then, in that drab down time?

Lucky for you, this was a summer when there was actually football to watch, with the Copa America and Euro taking place. Even the Olympic Games will have under-23 teams in action. But if you are the kind that only gets their kicks from watching Eden Hazard bamboozle Kyle Walker or Cristiano Ronaldo slotting one in from range, then here are a few things you can do while you wait

Read autobiographies, books on football

No, before you scroll over the point, not just any autobiography, but those of past greats. Not only will these tell some incredible stories you just don’t get to read about in the papers or online, but they will also help you better understand the sport. Both of Roy Keane’s books, Zlatan Ibrahimovic are excellent ones to start with. If you want something more serious, Jonathan Wilson’s “Inverting the Pyramid” is a must read for those looking to dive into the history and the evolution of football as we know it today.

Books can be your best friends during the football off season. (Getty Images)

Binge-watch some movies

Watch the movie “United”, a little known movie on Manchester United’s 1958 Munich air disaster, and if it doesn’t bring you to tears, there is something wrong with you. Football movies are excellent ways to kill some time and are something you can do with the family. The “Goal” series, Green Street, are also among the many you could watch. One could also watch a documentary on their favourite club to seem that little bit smarter next time you’re in an argument with a rival fan.

Play some games

Ever wanted to become Lionel Messi and win the Champions League with Barcelona? Start as an amateur and make your way to becoming a top player? Become the manager of Leeds United and bring them back to the Premier League? Well you can, right now! Sort of. Computer and console games like Fifa and Pro Evolution Soccer are lifelike simulations of the beautiful game and are well worth your time. They are also great during the season for a quick match at halftime. After all, nothing beats scoring that amazing goal against the friend who just doesn’t shut up. It doesn’t even have to be a football game, gaming is so accessible now that they are available on anything from your smartphone to your iPad.

Gaming can be a great pass time, just make sure to not play on something this ancient. (Getty Images)

Play some football

And of course, the best thing to do is to gather up a few friends and kick a ball about, play some five-a-side. So what if it’s hot outside, the 2022 Fifa World Cup is in Qatar, and that’s happening.

With a few friends, any place can be your football pitch. (Getty Images)

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