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Old 11th June 2010, 04:24 PM
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Who's watching? 1:0 for South Africa, great goal.

Dear Americans, we're talking about soccer here.
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Old 11th June 2010, 05:37 PM
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Seriously? Did someone forget to tell Mexico not to bring their Junior B's?

And yes, there are those of us Americans that can put up with the fake injuries and uncivilized fans long enough to watch a football match. Don't you and I confuse it with real sports, though.
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Old 11th June 2010, 07:01 PM
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Fake injuries? Soccer? Really?

You mean like this?


Or what about this?



Long live soccer. The only game where you can run up and down a field sweating your butt off, never scoring a single goal and it be deemed the "most exciting game of the year".

GO PARAGUAY! Are they even playing in the world cup this year? If not, GO URUGUAY! If they're not playing...eff. Go Argentina! But that's so cliche'd and boring. Who the hell else from South America is even playing, other than Argentina and Brazil?
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Uruguay is playing - root for them. They're about to open up against France. It's always fun to root against France.

And ok, some of the injuries are real. I would never make it through an entire match. Way too much running.
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Old 11th June 2010, 07:19 PM
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to me, soccer is just stupid in general (sorry Leander). One of my exes is from Ecuador, and he is FANATICAL over soccer. I watched a couple of games with him, and I just didn't get it. I mean, I'm not a huge fan of American Football, but if I'm in a bar watching a game (any game, doesn't have to be any kind of championship game) I really get into it and soon enough I'm yelling at the TV like everyone else. Same with hockey. But soccer? No dice. Even when someone scores, it's like "wtf is the big deal? The ball is small, the goal is friggin massive, the guy in front of the goal has a slim to nil chance of stopping it if you get close enough to make a shot. So he made a shot and it went in. And I'm supposed to start screaming and throwing beer around? PRECIOUS BEER!!!!"
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Old 11th June 2010, 09:36 PM
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Even when someone scores, it's like "wtf is the big deal? The ball is small, the goal is friggin massive, the guy in front of the goal has a slim to nil chance of stopping it if you get close enough to make a shot. So he made a shot and it went in."
Really? Now I'm not a huge football fan, but kicking a ball with precision is a lot tougher than catching one and running over a line with it (that incidentally is larger than a soccer goal).
I can get into watching football (soccer), because I grew up with it... But American Football is just lame to me... There's no real flow to the game as it's just stops and starts and they seem to wear too much protective gear (unlike rugby and football). But in reality it's probably because my understanding of the rules is minimal, if I understood why they seem to stop every time someone has the ball maybe I'd enjoy it more...

(It's interesting on a uk forum that I'm the only British guy defending it as a lot of my countrymen are fanatical about it (and I'm really not)... Show's how under populated we are)!
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Old 11th June 2010, 10:22 PM
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Cashew and Joby, you are both banned! :no:



I am not a die-hard football fan either but I still like the sport. I don't go to games nor do I support a football club like many Europeans do. However, I love international tournaments such as the European or World Championship. It's fun to watch different nations and cultures play.

I understand your point of view. Football games are part of my culture but not yours. You grow up with baseball, basketball and so on. I agree that football games may be boring for people that don't like it that much or did not grow up with it. We watch games in a different way than you. We don't just regard the goals as highlights but each shot, each good pass, each save by the goalkeeper is entertaining and exciting. A game with four goals is still more fun to watch as a 0-0 draw though.

I also like basketball...there are many more points of course and the highlights are different. Scoring is usual, it is normal, highlights are dunks or some big plays in the crunch time. People here that watch football but not basketball find it boring...as there is no suspension, it is just basket after basket....they say. Football is different..a goal is anticipated and cheered franatically for the rest of the game if the own team is winning.

It's like "a goal in the 10th minute...some shots afterwards...the end of the match after 90 minutes"...but "what a great game, our fans kept cheering the whole 90 minutes". You cannot really compare the two sports.

I like both. American football (your football, not soccer) could be nice as well but hardly anybody likes it here...and there are only some amateur teams...and I don't like all the time-outs and stops after a play.
And baseball? Oh my goodness...not my cup of tea. LOL And definitely not popular here.

Fake injuries? You must be kidding. Football is quite brutal...technical fouls here and there...it's not like committing a shooting foul in basketball...it's sending one to the pitch, into the mud.

Uncivilized fans? I totally agree. I like the sport, I like fair play...and want to watch a good game. Your rivalry in the US is just kids' stuff. A bit of booing and that's it. There are only some people that misbehave at football games but it's part of football culture in Europe. It ranges from mischief to pure hatred and hooliganism. Fans of the opposing team that come to town have to be escorted from the train station to the arena by the police. There are fights, people are beaten up, there is vandalism...some of them are totally drunk, don't watch the game but just want to fight. This fanatism is horrible, especially in countries like Poland...there are gang-wars, there are fatal injuries every year. It's not sports, it is war.

In Greece, for example, there usually riots at games of certain teams...but not just football...basketball as well. 80.000 people in the arena...

But don't get me wrong!!! Not all football fans are rude or brutal. 80% of the audience is peaceful but 20% are dangerous.

Another thing: football is part of culture...and it is political, unlike the US. It stems from the 1900s...there were different political parties and different football teams...but each party had its team. It's like the Los Angeles Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers...and the Lakers are Republicans, the Clippers are Democrats...and the fans of both teams (the radical ones) fight each other.

So long...

Oh, why don't you support and cheer for the US? They also take part in the world cup.
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"Oh, why don't you support and cheer for the US? They also take part in the world cup."

I think most people like cheering for a team that has a chance of winning, no?

I find it amazing that there are 4 teams from North America that go to the World Cup. Mexico is a given...if they don't make it, something is seriously wrong with the system. And the US is OK, so why not. But you'd think that a country of 40 million-ish people and LOTS of money could find twelve or so people that could kick a ball around coherently and score goals. Not so much. I'm sure the Toronto Maple Leaf fans are the same ones that cheer for Canadian soccer: "next time will be Canada's time to shine!". Dude. Wake up. We suck at soccer (well, men's soccer. For women's soccer we have a pretty damn good team). We will never have a decent soccer team. Get over it.

SO! Since Paraguay and Uruguay are both in the World Cup this time...GO GUAYS!

Oh, and who won the France-Uruguay game? I could just go check, but I'm too lazy. So I'll wait for one of you to tell me instead
EDIT: I just looked it up. 0-0 tie. It must have been the most exciting game of the World Cup so far
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Old 12th June 2010, 10:18 AM
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Cashew You are banned. Again. :g:

Well, turn soccer into something popular, build soccer schools, have kids play it...and you'll have a great team in no time.

You suck? Not really. Austria sucks although we've played the game for like 100.000 years. We are a small country, our league does not have the money to buy good players from abroad and the few good Austrian players go to other countries.

I am a bit confused because of your "I think most people like cheering for a team that has a chance of winning, no?" You don't support a team because it's winning or is hyped in some way. You support a team over the years no matter if you win or lose. If not, these fans are not real but band wagon hoppers who want to be cool or part of a trend or whatever. Maybe things are different at your place? Well, there are such fans here as well but I'm not.

I've been a huge fan of the New York Knicks for 15 years now. I fell in love with their tight defense in the era of Ewing and Starks...but the glory days are long over and they've played worse than badly over the last years...but who cares? Bleed orange and blue!

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Old 13th June 2010, 12:36 AM
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"You don't support a team because it's winning or is hyped in some way. You support a team over the years no matter if you win or lose. If not, these fans are not real but band wagon hoppers who want to be cool or part of a trend or whatever. Maybe things are different at your place? Well, there are such fans here as well but I'm not."

That statement would imply that I have any kind of special affinity towards the US soccer team, which I don't. I would rather cheer for Canada And that would almost be like me cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs thinking that they actually have a chance at winning the Stanley Cup. But wait! Next year is their year. I can just feel it (GO DUCKS! ). Basketball? Utah Jazz all the way

I think one of the only reasons why I like watching soccer is because if I cross my fingers and toes, one of the only hot guys on the team will take off his shirt if he scores a goal. I've looked at a few of the team rosters to decide who I'm going to "really" cheer for in a quiet, I-don't-watch-the-games kind of way, and I'm still undecided. There's one player on the US team that's SMOKIN' HOT. *fans self* Yeah, that's right. I'm all about the eye candy
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