Re: Soccer (Football) anyone??
posted at 7/8/2010 11:36 AM EDT
Soccer is not big to the casual north amercan fan because I do not think they understand the game. The same critics that say there is no flow to the game might love baseball (which is like watching paint dry) and football (where the flow is broken every 7 seconds)? Are you kidding me?
Also, they do not understand and appreciate the skill that is invlolved in the game. A halfback kicks the ball 40 yards down the wing to a team mate running at full speed and he catches it on his foot with perfect control is amazing and exciting to me yet a football fan will not acknowledge that however he jumps out of his couch when a quarterback and reciever complete a 40 yard pass using their hands. Also check out how many consecutive passes are made by a team who advances the ball just to get the opportunity in the other teams end. Soccer is also like a chess game. The movement of players off the ball is incredible, offside traps, kicking techniques to make the ball have the same effects as a curve ball or a knuckle ball, chips shots, heading the ball on it's own is an unbelievable skill.
True soccer fans appreciate a defensive game as much as an offensive game. A 1-0 noting game is usually the result of the team that makes the first critical mistake. Watching that to me is nail biting and I am on the edge of my couch the whole game. There are no TV breaks so I can't go for a dump... I have to sit and watch for 90 + minutes. How boring are TV breaks in other sports when watching live?
Like I said before, the difficulty is incredible. I have played soccer far more than I played hockey and I still find soccer more difficult to play. Also, I watched a few games live in Europe and the excitement level is far greater than any north american games that I watched live. Seems sometimes that fans are more concerened about buying a beer or hotdogs than watching the game in north america. You will never see that in soccer in Europe.
My personal preference to watch is either World Cup or Euro soccer or NHL hockey depending if my teams that are in or not. After that all the other sports.
In Response to Soccer (Football) anyone??
I have been watching the World Cup over the past couple of weeks and although I know it is by far the most popular sport in the world...I just don't get why!!?? I do enjoy watching it right now because it IS the World Cup and I'm a sports fan in general. I am looking forward to seeing Spain or the Netherlands hoist "the Cup"...its actually not a cup....but I digress, you just can't tell me that it is as exciting as ice hockey!! Maybe someone on here can help me out.....heres how: I need a passionate "football" fan who also loves the game of ice hockey to tell me which they would prefer, 1. Watch the World Cup final? 2. Watch game 7 in the Stanley Cup(actual Cup) Final!!?? Anyway its just something that I have been thinking about over the last couple of days while watching the quarter and semi-finals from South Africa, just thought I would have some fun with it. Could be a little one-sided as this is a hockey forum!!! Hahaha. Maybe the guy from Fife, Scotland can help me out!!! Cheers!!
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