University is a time of intellectual expansion, extending your horizons, networking and an environment in which you meet (potentially) friends for life. And within this pursuit of forging life long connections there is one vital tool that should not be missing from any mans arsenal, Fifa 10. Ofcourse any Fifa game of any numerical persuasion is applicable, but in this case Fifa 10 was our platform.
Returning to my Halls of Residence after slogging it in the library for a grand total of five hours, not huge, but a sizeable commitment I had yet to display, I was challenged by my flat mate to “just a couple of games”, this was not to be just a couple. A plan was hatched, a few friendly games then we would part ways and continue our rigorous absorption of knowledge. We were both to start in the Coca Cola League Two, whoever lost was to be promoted gaining the upper hand, the man who got to international level and lost was to be proclaimed the loser.
It was on I won the first two games forcing my flat mate into the championship, I was soaring, on top of the world. My flat mate chose Newcastle but Notts County was not afraid, they had laid waste to all before them. He scored ……. its was early I could recover, 2 – 0 ….. it was still possible. The fifth goal nestled itself neatly at the back of my net, it was clear, I had lost, but Notts County remained undeterred, spirits and hopes crushed they marched on. In an act of pure defiance a glorious scissor kick reclaimed my dignity, that consolation goal reverberating around the virtual arena, I reveled in the support of my pixellated fans.
It was now on, I had finally been forced up to league two and into the bosom of Sheffield United. I returned in kind producing a soul-destroying 3-0 victory, my high returned, I was once again invincible, or so I thought. At the point of writing this we are now both into the Premiership, having being bested by Liverpool. The pressure is on, the once excitable atmosphere had been replaced with one of cold concentration. But alas we came to our senses, we cooked our meals and returned to our work, appreciating the complexities of our opponents dispositions that little bit more. Until we recommence our duel this epic bout remains to be concluded.
Who will be victorious? Only time will tell ……