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Who to root for?

Discussion in 'Football' started by rexrex, 21 July 2005.

  1. rexrex

    rexrex Conference

    17 June 2005
    As the upcoming football season starts, I need to decide who to follow. I just started really getting into soccer, but there aren't many chances to see games here in America. I want to follow as many leagues as possible, there just seem to be too many!! I suppose I should just pick a team from each major league and follow them that way. But who should I pick?

    Any help on this subject would be nice.
     
  2. Two_blindmonkeys

    Two_blindmonkeys League 1

    23 October 2002
    Planet Home
    Well it depends if your a glory supporter then Man U the Arse and Chelscum are your best bet as they will be in the tital race at the end. if not then any teams out of: The mighty Spurs, Newcastle , Man City, Bolton, Everton or if your realy desperate the villans or charlton.......but then again knowones that desperate :)
     
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  3. Sulph

    Sulph Goodbye...

    28 September 2003
    Well, whos your favourite player? Think of it that way
    Who do you enjoy watching?
     
  4. RuneEdge

    RuneEdge Silent Assassin

    1 October 2003
    Turn around, I'm right behind you...
    Manchester United
    Thats why Milan is like my second favourite team.
    I support Man Utd cuz I was brought up to support them but if I had a choice, it would have been Milan cuz I like their players.
     
  5. Joystick

    Joystick Deep like Titanic

    10 August 2004
    London
    The Arse
    Yeah I think it's important to have a favorite team in other leagues, just makes it more exciting when you watch Football Italia or Revista de La Liga. For me, prefered foregin team have gotta be:

    Italy: Fiorentina (First Italian city I visited, so beautiful. Plus I really got into them when they had Batigol, RuiCosta, Chiesa and Todlo in nets. They were sick back then!)

    Spain: Barcelona (Another quality city, plus they always seem to get exciting players out of relative obscurity like Saviola and Maxi Lopez. Plus Ronnie of course, and Xavi is imo the most underrated midfielder outside of Spain.)

    France: Monaco (Le boss' old club! Plus it's such a mad little principality, only 1 square mile but shit loads of playboys, Ferraris and casinos! Quality! Their stadium is tiny but has real character, just like the country.)

    Germany: B. Dortmund (Always struck me as the 'Arsenal of Germany', frequently finishing second in the league and occasionally nicking the odd title here and there, just like us in the 90's! Amoroso was quality in his day too.)

    Dunno bout the rest.
     
  6. rexrex

    rexrex Conference

    17 June 2005
    Well, I can't stand teams that just throw inordinate amounts of money at their problems (such as the NY Yankees in baseball). So teams like Man U and Real Madrid are probably out of the question.

    I guess my favorite player is DaMarcus Beasley for PSV Eindhoven. I like watching Kaka play. I haven't had too much of a chance to watch games lately since there are no leagues going (and nothing on TV). I think I like Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, but just from WE/PES.

    What about these teams (mighty Spurs, Newcastle , Man City, Bolton, Everton)? What would be the advantages to each?
     
  7. Mack

    Mack Champions League

    8 August 2003
    Manchester
    MCFC
    Ah good old Man City the inherent story of highs! lows! and shoot yourself in the foot moments! Unbeaton agaist the top 4 teams in the league but yet we lose agaist West Brom without them having a single shot in 90 mins of play! We are the most consistanly unconsistant side in the league! Always great entertainment!
     
  8. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
    If you like Kaka, watch Milan. Milan also has the current best player of the world (Ballon D'Or) which is Shevchenko. Milan also has one of the most famous players in the world, Maldini - who every Italian in the US would know.
     
  9. rexrex

    rexrex Conference

    17 June 2005
    Okay, think I almost have it.

    England- Either Man City or Newcastle
    Spain- Barcelona
    Germany- Borussia Dortmund
    France- Olympique Marseille
    Austria- Rapid Wien
    Italy- AC Milan
    Holland- PSV Eindhoven

    Pretty nice list, I think.
     
  10. Two_blindmonkeys

    Two_blindmonkeys League 1

    23 October 2002
    Planet Home
    If you wanna pick a team out of The Newks and man city i would go for City just because they have Stuart 'phyco' pearce as manager. he is quality
     
  11. ghazi

    ghazi Guest

    Rexrex, there is plenty of opportunity to catch the big leagues in the US provided you have a satellite dish or a decent cable provider.

    Fox Soccer Channel shows the English Premier League and the German Bundesliga primarily. Their nightly new show is essential viewing to keep you updated on all the leagues and highlights. I watch it religiously and it taught me a shitload about the internaional scene.

    GolTV shows the Spanish and the Italian leagues and only shows games where the big teams are playing (Milan, Inter, Roma, Juventus, Real MAdrid, Barcelona, Valencia, etc).

    The EPL is the best league to watch cuz its physical and fast, IMO. PLus with Chelski, Arsenal, ManU and Liverpool, there are plenty of big clashes. And its not uncommon for a bottom tier team to topple a giant.
     
  12. RuneEdge

    RuneEdge Silent Assassin

    1 October 2003
    Turn around, I'm right behind you...
    Manchester United
    I thought Ronaldinho was the best player in the world.

    I like how you put that. Pretty much sums up Man City.
     
  13. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
    Nope, Shevchenko won the Ballon D'or.
     
  14. ghazi

    ghazi Guest

    Picking a team isnt necessary right now, Rex. Just watch the teams each week and the weekly highlights show and players you like will pop out at you, as will teams that you like to watch.

    I became a Liverpool fan because of Steven Gerrard, Owen and Didi Hamann. I also watch Fulham games for Bocanegra and McBride and ManCity for Reyna, but at the end of the day, when i first heard the Liverpool faithful belt out You'll Never Walk Alone, i was pretty much baptised and initiated.

    Take your time pickin' your team. here's a rundown of some teams -

    Chelski - rich, powerful and unlimited pockets. The new Yankees of footy. LOve to hate them but they also have 4 of my fave players (Duff, Lampard, Terry and now Shawn Wright Phillips).

    ManU - Glazer is one more reason to hate them.. or pity them. . but then again, they have Tim Howard as backup goalie, and the talented Chicagoan Johanthan Spector. He's only 20 and has been loaned to Charlton this season. With C. Ronaldo and Rooney playing alongsied the likes of KEane, Giggs and Scholes, they are a sight to behold.

    Arsenal - fluidity and ferocity in motion. Even if you hate them, you have to get a hard on when they are on their best form. henry is like a friggin magician and ballerina. . with a gun.

    LIverpool - the Steelers of the EPL. Diehard, blue collar fans. More defense than offensive flash, and alott grit and history

    Tottenham - watch out. They have got talent in every third of the field and are gunning for a top 4 finish this year to book their ticket to the Champions League next year. Defoe, Mido, Kanoute and Robbie KEane are a fun group of strikers to watch. Great goalis and great young defender in Ledley King.

    MIddlesbro
    - up n comin' and at the same level as Tottenham. Got young Brit Downing on the wing and a solid strikeforce with nice midfield, too.

    Newcastle - hard not to cheer for them when the legend Shearer is playing. He is amazing. End of story. They also have young and gifted players like Kieron Dyer and Jermaine Jenas. Shay Given may be the best keeper in the league.

    Fulham - MCBride and Bocanegra along with talents like Boa Morte, Poppa Diop and Zat Knight. Also have a great french midfielder named Malbranque

    ManCity - the best reason to watch them was Shawn Wright Phillips (SWP) who just got bought by Chelski. . will be fun to see waht they do with the bling. Reyna plays there, as does tought defender Dunne and striker Fowler. The always entertainingly hilarious goalkeeper David 'Calamity" James is the men picking the ball out of the net on many a fine occasion. always good for rising to the occasion and surprising the superpowers. the team has heart for sure and a great new manager. Looking to be on the up.

    Bolton - they have the Nigerian Wizard Okocha along with a host of cast offs and elder statesmen. Its where footballers seem to go pre-retirement and who can blame them: Sam Allardyce has been great at gelling a rag tag bunch of has beens and mediocres into a team that placed 6th last year. They only look to be getting better.

    Everton - dont even think of it :lmao:

    Hope that helps.
     
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  15. ghazi

    ghazi Guest

    I think that is for the best player in Europe and Ronaldhino won the FIFA World Player of the Year.

    Of course he plays in Europe too. :(
     
  16. rexrex

    rexrex Conference

    17 June 2005
    Thanks, Ghazi. That was an awesome list! It sure got me excited for the new year. My friend has digital cable, so I can see if he will tivo that FSC show for us to watch.

    Everton's in the same town as Liverpool, right? I'm not sure about Liverpool, I can respect the Steelers, but I'm more into the Colts style of play, if you know what I mean.

    I'm excited about Chelsea and Fulham coming to the US this week.

    I'm watching FC Dallas get shut out now by Real Salt Lake. How weird is that?!?!?
     
  17. Cloud1863

    Cloud1863 Premiership

    10 December 2004
    Stoke City
    Well Im firstly a Stoke City fan Its in my blood through thick and thin but live in scotland and have a strong love for football up here Ill put some other european teams that I also like

    Scotland: The one and only Glasgow Rangers. Can we have a bouncy? ;)
    Italy:Roma
    Spain: Depor
    Germany:dont care for any German side in perticular, Ill go for anyone aslong as Bayern Munich doesnt win
     
  18. ghazi

    ghazi Guest

    Interestingly enough, i was a Colts Season tix holder while living in Indianapolis from 199-2001. Got to see Edge play as a rooke. sublime.
     
  19. ghazi

    ghazi Guest

    Rex - are you going to any of the Chelsea or AC Milan games?

    I saw ManU last year with bayern Munich and just saw Real madrid last week. I am going to AC Milan-ChicagoFire this Wednesday, too.

    Who woulda believed all these teasm wouls be hitting our shores?!
     
  20. rockykabir

    rockykabir hello

    30 March 2003
    London -> New York -> San Francisco
    Liverpool FC
    It kinda depends on your personality I s'pose... If like that expectation of superiority every week then go for your Barcelonas, Chelski, AC Milans etc...

    I kinda only ever remember supporting Liverpool. As an extra team though, I tried supporting Barca and Juve in the past but found it too much to focus my passion three way (no double entendre!). Additionally, it can get a bit confusing when both of your teams play each other in a European game...

    If you really wanna go for the grass roots, try AFC Wimbledon!
     
  21. sonnysan

    sonnysan Guest

    You guys are all on drugs.

    Juventus is simply going to dominate Europe next year.

    They were already going to do it, but now they have Viera so its even more of a lock!
     
  22. Nickybaker

    Nickybaker You want SEVEN?

    15 October 2003
    Essex
    The one and only Arsenal
    Depends how many games he plays. He has spent at least a third of the last couple of years injured.
     
  23. Nickybaker

    Nickybaker You want SEVEN?

    15 October 2003
    Essex
    The one and only Arsenal
    That's right, technically Sheva is the 3rd best player in the world according to the FIFA poll with Henry in second.

    The balon d'or is decide by journalists from a French sports publication isn't it. I remember Owen won that a few years back.
     
  24. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
    Hey Ghazi you know Costacurta fancies a move to the MLS? He said on Milan Channel that hes in love with the US and would enjoy playing in the MLS! Gilardino to start vs Chicago.
     
  25. ghazi

    ghazi Guest

    That would be great to see. Maldini has said the same as well and could be in the MLS by next year. . . now if we can convince Zizou to land stateside for a farewell year i'd be stoked. lol.

    Sheva is also along for the trip i hear, so that shluld be great.

    BTW - i'll be wearing my Liverpool tshirt to the Milan- Chicago game. . .let's see what happpens. :mrgreen:
     
  26. RuneEdge

    RuneEdge Silent Assassin

    1 October 2003
    Turn around, I'm right behind you...
    Manchester United
    Now if Milan had won the final and you wore a Milan shirt in Liverpool, you'd probably get killed.
     
  27. Sulph

    Sulph Goodbye...

    28 September 2003
    Its not got to that level has it Rune?
     
  28. RuneEdge

    RuneEdge Silent Assassin

    1 October 2003
    Turn around, I'm right behind you...
    Manchester United
    Well if Milan had won in the penalty shootout and then Gerrard had left for Chelsea, And theres one Milan shirt among thousands of Liverpool fans, I dont think he'd get treated well.
     
  29. ghazi

    ghazi Guest

    lol - the game was in Chicago. I wouldnt dare wear a Liverpool jersey to the San Siro or a Milan jersey to anfield (had Milan won). I like my face the way it is. .nice and pretty and untouched.
     
  30. lumlum

    lumlum Premiership

    3 August 2003
    MUFC
    Other than Manchester United, the only team I support is AS Roma. When they're on fire they can be the most entertaining team in the world, especially the season before last. Totti deserved a Ballon D'or or something for what he did that season.
    I'm also a bit fond of Fiorentina, but that's only because of Batigol.
     

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