Sporting Heroes: Why Andriy Shevchenko Is the Brett Favre of Soccer

August 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Oceans and cultural differences may separate American football from European football.  From what we've seen since the U.S.'s relative recent arrival onto the world soccer stage, it seems as though the differences in philosophies between the hard-hitting, gritty action of football and the beauty and elegance that soccer showcases are not ready to be held in equal esteem by each of the sport's respective fanbases.
What we can use to draw parallels, however, are the athletes from both games.  No matter how different the sports may be, a great player or controversial figure can transcend differences in any sport. 
Enter Brett Favre of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Favre has captivated thousands during his extensive 19-year career in the league—recently, for some of the wrong reasons, but mostly for the right ones. He's a three-time MVP who holds all-time NFL records for passing touchdowns, passing yards, and career victories.
Americans would contend tha...

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