Hooliganism here I come!

by brendan on 06/18/2009

Soccer! Or football, if you want to get technical about it. Some call it the beautiful game, and others call it really boring. I’ve decided to become a fan. So what lucky club gets my support?

That’s a tough one. I can’t cheer for Manchester United, since one of my co-workers has claimed them already, and really, that kinda seems like cheering for the Yankees. Another co-worker has Chelsea already too (the two of them like to argue about it during the season). So I’m not going to be a Blue or a Red Devil, but that still leaves a lot of clubs.

Premier League (England): Arsenal and Liverpool. Both are great teams. Liverpool has Fernando Torres, but Arsenal’s majority stakeholder is Missourian Stan Kroenke (though the club is literally racked with debt).

La Liga (Spain): If I put down Man U for being the Yankees, then I can’t very well go with Real Madrid. FC Barcelona is probably my best bet here. Plus, they have a young winger named Lionel Messi that’s scoring goals like crazy.

Bundesliga (Germany): Only one choice here, Bayern Munich. Their stadium may look like somebody stepped on Epcot Center, but it’s still cool.

Serie A (Italy): AC Milan or Juventus are my choices here. I’m leaning towards Juventus because I like the uniforms better. Yes, that’s a totally legit way to make a decision.

I think this is going to take some more research. Suggestions are welcome.

There are 4 comments in this article:

  1. 06/19/2009FFF says:

    Of the possibilities you mentioned, my personal pick would be Liverpool. However, I do have a soft spot in my heart for Glasgow Rangers. But I will tell you how I came to admire each of these clubs–by finding favorite players. Michael Owen was at Liverpool at the time, and Alistair McCoist was with Rangers. These are my two favorite footballers of all time. Since they have each left their respective clubs, my loyalty to the clubs has not wavered. But now I find myself supporting Newcastle United (who just got dropped from the Premier League this season). So I guess my suggestion is, find your favorite player first, and let that inform your decision about a club. And if your favorite player just so happens to be Stephen Gerrard, you're certainly headed in the right direction. (Seriously, forget about Torres, he wouldn't score goals if Gerrard wasn't feeding him beautiful balls. And yes I did just say 'beautiful balls'.)

  2. 06/26/2009Courtney V. says:

    Umm… wha? All I recognized was Real Madrid because that's who Nadal likes…

  3. 07/6/2009jimbarnard says:

    what? no MLS options??

  4. 07/6/2009brendan says:

    Yeah, I'm holding out on the MLS until they bring it to St. Louis (STL United, anybody?). It sounds like that could be soon? I don't get much news on the MLS expansion up here, but I'm pretty sure STL is being considered for 2010 or 2011.

    Until then, I've at least narrowed down my original post to just the EPL, and I've got just under a month and a half to decide before the new season begins.

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