General Soccer Discussion

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Shane Walsh

aka "Captain Oblivious"
Cynthiana, Kentucky
I've mentioned on here before that I became an Everton supporter shortly after the 2014 World Cup when Tim Howard had an insane performance in that tournament. I had already kind of had an inkling to start to follow soccer in general more and supporting the Premier League team he was a part of just made sense.
Yeah, Tim Howard was awesome in net. I will always associate him with the "I believe that we will win" cadence.
 
#803      

KBLEE

Montgomery, IL
For those of you who support specific clubs, how did you come to support them?

In the early 2000s I knew a few Arsenal fans. They were the most obnoxious lot I'd ever met. When it finally came time to find a Premier League team to support, I only wanted to know who Arsenal's main rival was. The rest, as they say, is history.
 
#804      
For those of you who support specific clubs, how did you come to support them? It is easier for me to define my allegiance to stateside sports franchises based on proximity, family history of support, etc... but picking one specific team to support overseas always leaves me a bit lost. What say you all? How did your premier league allegiances come to be?

Chelsea fan here.

Started getting really interested in soccer in the mid 2000s. At that time, most games were on Fox Soccer. I didn't get that channel so the only European games I could watch were the handful of games each season on Fox or ESPN. And by handful, I think it was like 4 or 5 games a year. And at the time, Man United and Chelsea were the 2 top dogs in the league so they got most of the tv coverage.

And for whatever reason, Chelsea's players appealed to me a lot more than United's so I stuck with them ever since. To be honest, at that time I think I only even knew 4 European teams in total. Chelsea, United, Real Madrid, and Barcelona. But Drogba won me over, so I started following their results and watching highlights on Youtube until NBC took over broadcasting rights and I could finally watch games live.
 
#805      

wettsten

Chicago
For those of you who support specific clubs, how did you come to support them? It is easier for me to define my allegiance to stateside sports franchises based on proximity, family history of support, etc... but picking one specific team to support overseas always leaves me a bit lost. What say you all? How did your premier league allegiances come to be?
mine is sort of through family support but not my family. in 2009, i went to europe with a few friends. one friend left us in germany to visit his uncle who lived in london. once there, his uncle was a season ticket holder to arsenal and took him to an arsenal match. when we met up later back in chicago, he said we should be arsenal supporters. i was looking for a club to support and had no other reason to support any other club so i said sure. we met up frequently (mostly at the globe, sometimes at smallbar, and sometimes at cleos) to watch arsenal matches together but after marriage and kids eventually drifted apart. i kept up with the support and i'm not sure he did.

in 2017, i was fortunate enough to see an arsenal match live when manchester united came to visit and we beat them 2-0. it's the only competitive match (not community shield) where arsene wenger beat jose mourinho. i was eating a meat pie during both goals and had to put it down in order to celebrate. the people around me wanted to keep feeding me pies so that we could score more goals.

the end of the wenger era was difficult but it had to be done. after watching manchester united's clown show of managers, i'm happy we've stuck with young arteta. it's never easy to replace a long tenured legend. yes, arsenal is owned by stan but it could be worse. we've had some lean years with no money for good transfers and let a lot of great players go. but the last few windows we've been spending well and building a young new squad that's easy to get excited about.

in all that, i've said nothing negative about the spurs so hopefully KBLEE can see there are some decent arsenal supporters out there.