I've noticed i get a lot of viewers from America on my blog. It's great to see football/soccer finally gaining recognition across the Atlantic, and it works both ways: the Superbowl was on TV over here a few months back and that got a lot of people talking about it - a big group of young kids at my school even playing it every break now! Don't really know what the Black Eyed Peas were there for but i guess that's a cultural bridge that we can cross a little later on!
I thought I'd put a few keystrokes into explaining why we love footballsoccer so much over here, and try and convince anyone who thinks otherwise!
Great atmospheres mean great nights. Being with some sets of fans is like being in a medieval army. It may be animalistic and uncivilised, but roaring along with 50,000 accomplices sure makes you feel alive.
Knowing one kick could send hundreds of thousands of fans out onto the street for a party so debauched it would make Vikings look sensible. Knowing one slip could lose everything your team worked for.
Knowing your rivals will sing songs about you for ****ing up and gifting them the win. Knowing 100-250million people are watching world wide (for Champions League Final. Anything between 500-900million have been cited for the World Cup Final - estimates of numbers vary wildly)
Children over here grow up dreaming of being footballers, not soldiers or rockstars or politicians. 'Hero' to them is scoring the winning goal.
This is Liverpool, I have a friend that support them, so I've never really loathed them as much as I should as a United fan. This video is a demonstration of how quickly football can turn around:
They're 3-0 down in the first half of the Champions League final thanks to Kaka - the Brazilian who later went on to be named World Player of the Year; pulling the strings for AC Milan - the second most successful team in European football - a team whose president is and was the Italian Prime Minister himself. This is how Liverpool responded to a game commentators rightly described as 'over' with 45 minutes yet to play.