The UTM Soccer Club hosted the first of many events scheduled for the year on Tuesday, September 16 in the Student Centre. The event featured a broadcast of the first round of the UEFA Champions League, in which Real Madrid squared off against Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray.
The Turkish side largely dominated the opening 30 minutes, but then Real Madrid broke through with a strike from the recently acquired Isco. Following Isco’s strike, the momentum shifted heavily in Real Madrid’s favour, and they never looked back, surging to a 6–1 victory headlined by three goals from Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
The relatively simple event drew over 30 students from UTM, many of whom were new to the campus.
“As a soccer fan, I was very pleased to find out that UTM has a club dedicated to my favourite sport,” says Patrick Thomas, a first-year life sciences student. “It was nice to watch a HD stream of a big match between two soccer giants, and free food never hurts either.”
The club also held a raffle for a new Cristiano Ronaldo jersey—all the more fitting after Ronaldo’s performance—after the match. The jersey was won by a first-year student. “This was our first event of the year, and it was a huge success,” said Umair Shafiq, the club’s president.
The UTM Soccer Club was started in September 2009 and is now in its fourth year.