If you didn’t know already, FC Barcelona took home the 2011 UEFA Champions League title last night with a 3-1 victory over Manchester United. And though perhaps surprisingly easily for for a PCV in Burkina Faso, it was quite simple for me to watch the match. An always available option in most cities (though not villages) are Canal+ boutiques that are generally covered outdoor structures with a satellite dish and a TV. Most evenings some European match is on, and other times they play movies, music videos or television programs. The typical admission charge is 100-200 CFA (20-40 cents).
But last night, their was a new option, as the local youth center opened up it’s doors for the final. It was great atmosphere to watch the game, as the Burkinabe are great soccer fans and the center has the biggest TV I’ve seen in Burkina. The first 60 minutes of the game were incredibly tight, though once Barca had a two goal advantage the viewing was a bit less intense. Check out this short video I took as the match was ending to get a sense for the experience. Makes me wish I was here for the world cup last summer.