Who Will Be This Year’s Champion of the Champions League?


UEFA Champions League 2016 is underway. It is the biggest club competition in European soccer. It starts with the 32 teams participating beginning fall season. The Champions League is a game of football or soccer that is played between the elite. A nouveau riche of teams that end up in the last sixteen saw Messi and Barcelona defend their title when they thrashed Arsenal in Round of 16.

From the 32 that play, 22 automatically qualify and 10 teams advance through a playoff are then grouped into fours. These groups play each other twice and the top two scorers in each group make it to the Round of Sixteen.

Who plays who is decided randomly through draws and usually the winner of one group meet the runner-up from another. They play twice against each other and each team gets to play one match at home. Round of 16 sees the higher-ranked team hosting the second match. The team with the most number of goal aggregates moves to the next round and here too the draw is completely random.

Currently the quarter final is under play. Eight teams fight it out in the quarter finals whose matchups are drawn already. Teams are drawn one at a time and the side drawn first plays the first leg at home. There are no restrictions as to who can play whom and team from the same country may play against each other.

For this year, we will see Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Paris Saint –Germain, Atletico Madrid, Wolfsburg, and Benfica clash against each other in the last great eight. Lead by Lionel Messi and Neymar, Barcelona are the team to beat and Real Madrid though are the powers of traditional Europe, they are struggling with injuries and poor form. The replacement manager Zinedine Zidane will need time before he can get his team to work wonders.

German Bayern Munich with Pep Guardiola on it are an extraordinarily talented team. They are well positioned to win the Champions League and not just for their talent. They play well together and at a different level when compared to others teams in Europe.

Manchester City is the last English city still standing in the Champions League. They are plagued by troubles and will need to be back in good health to perform as per their talent. If they can get their mojo back, they can beat anyone.

PSG has cruised through the tournament so far with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani being the attacking force to deal with. They beat Chelsea in the Round of Sixteen and were all over them.

Atletico team are a formidable force, thanks to Diego Simeone. They may come up with a different attack, unanticipated if required making them dangerous.

This team from Germany was a surprise last season. They are fun to play with and can dominate the opponent with their attacking talent.

Benfica isn’t the strongest team in the league but they have arrived here by dint of effort and determination.

And when it boils down to who has the best shot to go home the victor, the linesmakers at online bookie bet365 have put their faith on Bayern to take it home once again for this year’s campaign. Of course before you get right down to betting, we recommend that you do your homework and this site gives a good bet365 review so be sure to check it out.

An Artist’s View of Japanese Fake Food

Fake foods are a rage in Japan. There are streets in Japan lined with shops that sell fake foods. Incredible concept.

These faux food replicas have their advantage for which they are sold.

Windows lined with food replicas lead to an increase in the number of customer footfalls. At times, they may also cause an increase in the number of dishes ordered which eventually leads to increase in the bill amount. The centre of the window occupies focal attention; it also leads to many ordering that item out of curiosity. Above all, this kind of food arrangement by the window is still exclusive to Japan though America and other countries have adopted this culture.

Attractive displays catch the attention of passersby. Well decorated windows arouse customer interest and invites admiration. Appetizing displays stimulate the desire to taste what is on display leading ultimately to the customer stepping in to order.

It is an advertizing gimmick employed by restaurants and has been seen to be successful.

It is estimated that about 40% of those who stop by to admire step in. These food replicas resembling real food items in the world were originally made from wax, but now are made of non-biodegradable PVC. Almost everything including ice-creams and desserts can be created using food props.

They have a wide variety of uses these days. They are used as food props in movie sets and also as items of personal décor.

These are handcrafted, displaying great amount of dexterity. At times, these fake foods look so real that the visitor might be almost made to raise it to his mouth to eat it. From fake pancakes to a steaming cup of coffee, you can order for everything.

The fake food industry is worth billions of yen and one single restaurant may be selling items worth millions of yens.

With Thanksgiving round the corner, people may want to order, cookies, cupcakes, cakes, to satisfy your sugar cravings during the Holidays.

Faux Food

Pops and truffles can be made artificially too.

It is difficult to pass by a faux food display without stopping to admire it. While admiring such artworks, many get tempted to drop in and taste what they have just seen. Customers do not need to view the menu again and can order from the display. People often end up visiting again to try the other items on display.

These fake food items serve their purpose when arranged optimally using space and light.

Replica artists as they are referred to go to great lengths to create these plastic food items. An artist’s room usually looks like a kitchen. With knives to chop vegetables, adding curry powder to plastic curry, they do whatever possible to make the food as realistic as they can.

It is notable that most artists employed by the fake food industry are women. Cooking, shopping, eating comes naturally to them. Hence, it is believed that women make better artists than men. In addition, to be a good artist, attention to detail is a must. It is understood that such excellence has come with practice and patience.