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Why Americans needs to embrace soccer (football)
19/08/12 | Phil.K

Posted on 08/19/2012 10:47:26 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat

I have just finished watching an absolute scorcher of a game between Manchester City and Southampton (the current league champions won 3-2) and would like to state my case why America needs to embrace this game ASAP.

1) Football (soccer) is THE premier spectator sport in the world.

This doesn't mean baseball, basketball, Ice Hockey, cricket, American football, rugby, Australian rules etc don't have a place at the table. But week in and week out, the thought that David can and does beat Goliath makes it genuine.

2) It can be played anywhere.

Unlike most team sports, no equipment is required to play except a ball. And I don't necessarily mean a football. The kids at my school use "paper" balls, and when I was a kid, we used sweaters for goal posts.

3) It is an international language.

With the chances of our children traveling internationally becoming far more frequent, to be able to communicate with others is a huge asset. Yes learning languages is important, but that's no good if you have nothing to talk about. The EPL is represented by almost half the world. Moreover it is the most watched league in the world. Having some knowledge of its stars and traditions does no harm.

Once again, I'm NOT saying other spectator sports are boring ( well ok basketball and baseball). But in this shrinking world, if you don't know Rooney from Drogba, Pele form Maradonna, or Juventus from AC Milan...you are left with talking about ....


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1 posted on 08/19/2012 10:47:29 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Yawn.

Zzzzzzzzz......


2 posted on 08/19/2012 10:49:56 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberalism: "Ex faslo quodlibet" - from falseness, anything follows)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Bor - ing.


3 posted on 08/19/2012 10:50:15 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

We’re sports saturated. I’m flipping between the Detroit Tiger’s baseball game and the NASCAR race at MIS right now.


4 posted on 08/19/2012 10:50:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Soccer, the Preferred Game of Queers!


5 posted on 08/19/2012 10:51:34 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Mr Rogers; Lancey Howard

I didn’t really expect much agreement, but at least some constructive criticism?


6 posted on 08/19/2012 10:52:56 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Sorry, not for me. Kick, kick- zero-zero tie after three hours. Yawn.


7 posted on 08/19/2012 10:53:16 AM PDT by richmwill
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Soccer is in fact the most popular amateur sport, as measured by numbers of participants and aside from the fact that the average age is probably 12, in America. But it’s very doubtful that a genuine professional league can succeed here on anything approaching the levels of the NFL, MLB, NBA, or NHL. As long as they’re satisfied with dwelling in the sports basement alongside Arena Football, Cage Fighting, and Pro Wrestling they’re welcome to have at it. Personally, I’ve got fresh paint on an interior wall that needs watching.


8 posted on 08/19/2012 10:54:21 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Sorry, a game just played with feet, legs, and head and forgets the arms and hands (except for the goalie) can be played by the rest of the world. Our best athletes play sports involving feet and legs as well as hand-eye co-ordination. Makes for better pilots and marksmen....


9 posted on 08/19/2012 10:55:00 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

I must be the only right-winger who actually mildly likes soccer. I don’t go looking for it, since I really don’t care for athletic sports to begin with, but what little of it I’ve seen I like it better than basketball, football, etc. The ball tends to stay in play a lot longer......more suspense builds......at least that’s how I see it.


10 posted on 08/19/2012 10:56:00 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Well if they give them uniforms that spark on contact, or have a built in taser that will shock an opponent, oh and a remote controlled robotic eagle that will pluck out the eyeballs of anyone who commits a foul, and some cheerleaders all armed with AR rifles.....

I might be interested.


11 posted on 08/19/2012 10:58:51 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Vote for Sarah Palin, she is the cure to the disease and infection of socialism.)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat; humblegunner
Rugby? Maybe.

Soccer, I mean Keeekball? Not likely.
12 posted on 08/19/2012 10:59:01 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Never... It’s downright unamerican . Let the commies have it


13 posted on 08/19/2012 10:59:11 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Recently, I have noticed that media has been anti football and pro soccer. Is this just another way to “europeanize” the United States? According to several soccer moms I spoke to cuncussions are a big problenm in soccer especially among youth. Why is it we NEVER hear anything about it? Play soccer if you like, just leave football alone.


14 posted on 08/19/2012 10:59:28 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
No.


15 posted on 08/19/2012 11:00:00 AM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
But in this shrinking world

BTW, the world isn't shrinking...That's U.N. lib speak.

Problem is the U.S. government is dumping the world in our laps...Be it legal or illegal immigration, the U.S. government is turning America into an immigration dumping ground. And they bring all their cultures with them.

And the government could care f'n less there are tens of millions of Americans out of work.

16 posted on 08/19/2012 11:00:09 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

I was raised watching Packers. Where I’m from, football is everything. Three years ago my daughter started playing soccer in high school. I was surprised how physical it is! Those girls should we’re football pads! And it’s fast too.

Don’t write off this sport until you have seriously followed a team for a while. It’s really fun.

As for the ability to relate to something much of the rest of the world watches, there s value in that, but the fun of the sport is the main draw.


17 posted on 08/19/2012 11:00:14 AM PDT by freemama
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
More to the point, what are your needs for making this statement? Aren't you being defensive, just a little, in whining about the lack of popularity for your game?
18 posted on 08/19/2012 11:00:57 AM PDT by Misterioso
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To: MachIV
I must be the only right-winger who actually mildly likes soccer.

I've never really thought about soccer in a left vs right wing approach. In the UK we we might look at it as a rich/poor divide (though this is a fallacy).

19 posted on 08/19/2012 11:01:25 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

None of those are good reason to embrace a sport, even if they were true, which really they aren’t. The fact of the matter is soccer just doesn’t appeal to Americans, it’s not soccer’s fault, it’s not Americans’ fault, it’s just how it is. We’re not a good couple.


20 posted on 08/19/2012 11:01:44 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

socker isn’t football, it’s 3rd world crap!


21 posted on 08/19/2012 11:01:44 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
Soccer is so gay.
22 posted on 08/19/2012 11:01:55 AM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: MachIV

In the 70s, I would sometimes play soccer...but with 4 man teams. Designated goalie had to be ready to outrun the ball before it arrived at the goal. It was entirely possible to score from mid-field. And of course, we had to cover the entire field...no standing around, waiting for the ball to get closer.

Because you could score from midfield (or further if you had a strong leg), a typical score might be 20-17. THAT was fun!

Standing around, watching others, waiting for the ball to get closer, scoreless games....yawn. Zzzzzz.....


23 posted on 08/19/2012 11:02:37 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberalism: "Ex faslo quodlibet" - from falseness, anything follows)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
Unlike most team sports, no equipment is required to play except a ball. And I don't necessarily mean a football. The kids at my school use "paper" balls, and when I was a kid, we used sweaters for goal posts.

The same is true of American football, which i played with my friends on any old field or playground when I was kid.

24 posted on 08/19/2012 11:03:52 AM PDT by PhatHead
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

I can see it now, a Friday night in a rural Texas town the air is cool on this Homecoming night. The stadium is full as the two prairie powerhouse teams take the field. The skinny players of the home team hope to avenge the nil-nil tie of last year as they stand in silence for the playing of the US and Mexican National Anthems.

If there is no football what will the fat kids play?


25 posted on 08/19/2012 11:04:38 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrats: Ticket of Dope and Chains.)
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To: Misterioso
"More to the point, what are your needs for making this statement? Aren't you being defensive, just a little, in whining about the lack of popularity for your game? "

thanks for such kind words!

26 posted on 08/19/2012 11:06:17 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Soccer is excruciatingly boring, and the players are a bunch of drama queens.


27 posted on 08/19/2012 11:07:23 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Theoria

"Your boyfriend left you for me!"

"NOOOOOOOO!"

28 posted on 08/19/2012 11:09:58 AM PDT by mikrofon (Soccer Actors Guild)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Strange, a person who decides to leave his country and live in another telling a third country what their sports should be.


29 posted on 08/19/2012 11:10:39 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Theoria

Bingo!! Soccer was fun to play as a kid because we never just stood around. It is brutally painful to watch, and even more so at the Professional level because of the “acting” that happens. There is no flow to the game.


30 posted on 08/19/2012 11:12:35 AM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: 11Bush

Geez..has this forum really become about who can make the snidest remark


31 posted on 08/19/2012 11:14:28 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
Colorado Rockies player Vinny Castilla donated the money to build a baseball diamond by the local United Way. Vinny Castilla Field.

Soon thereafter, a soccer pitch was put up in the outfield. I don't think a baseball game was ever played there.

32 posted on 08/19/2012 11:15:20 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Proud to have been beat up and shot by the late Paul Gomez. RIP, 'Gnomez'.)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
Unlike most team sports, no equipment is required to play except a ball.

I have long been convinced that this is the primary reason it's popular. Most of the rest of the world is too poor to avoid sports equipment.

The reason it's not popular here is that one wonders why anyone would find constant motion (and low scores) interesting.

33 posted on 08/19/2012 11:15:55 AM PDT by OldPossum
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Ahh, that would be “afford” not “avoid.” Don’t know what I was thinking.


34 posted on 08/19/2012 11:17:30 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: real saxophonist
So I guess point #2 is correct, it can be played anywhere, even on baseball diamonds donated by baseball players.
35 posted on 08/19/2012 11:18:48 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Proud to have been beat up and shot by the late Paul Gomez. RIP, 'Gnomez'.)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

I do not have a dog in this hunt, as I like sports, but watching NFL fans say that soccer is gay never fails to crack me up. So go ahead NFL fans, continue watching your sport: skin-tight, manhood-enhancing uniforms; players “presenting” their rumps to the cameras; all interspersed with ads for erectile dysfunction. LOL


36 posted on 08/19/2012 11:19:08 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

I prefer flicking slugs with a sharpened stick, much more entertaining than soccer.


37 posted on 08/19/2012 11:20:29 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Sorry, didn’t mean to touch a nerve soccer boy. Where was I incorrect in my post? I just think it is strange and said so.


38 posted on 08/19/2012 11:20:54 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
how can soccer be a scorcher unless he is referring to being forced to sit out in the sun and watch it!

And the fact that most the world plays it is reason enough to ignore it!

39 posted on 08/19/2012 11:22:08 AM PDT by Reily
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
1) Football (soccer) is THE premier spectator sport in the world.

Many of us want nothing to do with the international mainstream, sports included.

40 posted on 08/19/2012 11:23:17 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: 11Bush

Are you fond of telling other people that they are not entitled to their opinion? That’s where you are “incorrect.”


41 posted on 08/19/2012 11:24:48 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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If soccer had ROUTINE scores of 40-37, I’d probably watch. Make the goal area 25% bigger.


42 posted on 08/19/2012 11:24:58 AM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Forger it.


43 posted on 08/19/2012 11:25:16 AM PDT by MamaB
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

44 posted on 08/19/2012 11:25:16 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: bayouranger

Which sport starts each play with a quarterback’s hands on a center’s butt?


45 posted on 08/19/2012 11:25:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 1rudeboy

Are you telling me I am not entitled to my opinion?


46 posted on 08/19/2012 11:26:07 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
AND, you get to wear those cute little shorts. A game MADE for Jerry Sandusky and his friends.

Why would anyone want to play a game in America that is described as a scorcher, or is smashing?

47 posted on 08/19/2012 11:26:27 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Soccer is gay....I mean just look at them !

That's why William Webb Ellis cam up with a testosteron-laden alternative for his fellow Europeans!

48 posted on 08/19/2012 11:26:56 AM PDT by Reily
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To: 11Bush
"Sorry, didn’t mean to touch a nerve soccer boy"

Soccer boy?

No you are right. As a Brit living abroad, I have no right to opine to anyone about anything.

Maybe it's time for me to just shut the hell up.

49 posted on 08/19/2012 11:26:56 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Embrace this.


50 posted on 08/19/2012 11:27:08 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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