Which English football team is your favorite?
I would have to say mine is Manchester United. My soccer coach in high school played for them as a practice player when he was younger, but had a career ending injury so has been coaching ever since. He's working with the US teams now. He used to tell us great stories about being a youngster on such a phenomenal team. I really enjoy watching any English football team play, but Man U is my #1!
That's really cool about your coach. Sounds like you got to learn from the best!
I'm a Liverpool supporter. Go Reds!
I just started following the English Premier League in the past year or so. The Sports Guy for ESPN.com ran a really great article about how he narrowed down which Premiership team to support. If I find the link to it again I'll share it because it really was a cool article. After reading it, and weighing in what I already knew about the EPL and what I had seen up to that point, I decided to go with Liverpool.
He had interesting information for all the teams. This is what he had to say about Liverpool:
"On paper, this seemed like the most appealing team -- a perennial contender with a ton of history, great fans, snazzy uniforms, the best player in the league (midfielder Steven Gerrard, described by multiple readers as the "Big Papi of the EPL") and even their own show on channel 613 ("Liverpool Classics"), as well as an English city that everyone compares to Boston (port city, tons of Irish immigrants and blue-collar people, rivalry with London that mirrors Boston/New York, sports means a little TOO much, etc.). Reading the e-mails about Liverpool almost made me feel like I was reading about a Boston team, actually.
They have the best song: "You'll Never Walk Alone," which sounds eerie when they're belting it out before games and absolutely electric after big victories. It's so good, Pink Floyd even found a way to work it into a song ("Fearless"). I've said it before, I'll say it again: We need to figure out a way to come up with team songs for American sports.
(Another bonus reason to pick them: The Beatles.)"
"You'll never walk alone."
Nice to see someone labeled "football" in its proper context as opposed to "soccer" lol. Also nice to see another fellow LFC supporter
I've been a Liverpool FC supporter for quite some time now (yes, well before Gerard Houlier was boss at Anfield). They're not looking too hot at the moment with Rafa Benitez in the hot seat and also with how poorly their form on the pitch has been as of late. Hopefully they can get it together and start getting back to the form everyone knows they have got.
The KOP is a phenomenal place to watch a football match. The supporters are bar none THE BEST and I'm looking forward to watching another match during holiday this year. If you ever have the chance to travel to the UK, definitely visit Liverpool catch a match at Anfield...you won't be disappointed.
I don't think footie will attain the status that it has internationally amongst us here in the U.S. However, it has caught on with the MLS the past few years, so hopefully it will continue to grow. I'm hoping it won't just remain a "retirement" league for notable international players as we have seen. Although Beckham is still playing, along with Blanco and Juan Pablo Angel, a few names won't make MLS a household name. Footie has to continue being marketed to the mainstream consistently; not just on ESPN or ABC every 4 years for the World Cup.
From what I can tell when I am able to watch a match, the crowd does seem awesome. I'd love to experience a game over there someday. I'm tentatively planning a trip to the UK for this summer, but I'm not sure if we'll make it to Liverpool. I'll try to bump it up on our list of things to see and do
As for the MLS, I'm a Chicago Fire fan! I'm a serious St. Louis sports fan, but until they get an MLS team I've got to go with the Fire.