Normally, in this space, I would be writing about English soccer. But today I want to write about American soccer, and in particular the ongoing downfall of it. Wait, downfall of American soccer? How can this be? Everybody knows that soccer is booming in America! In many ways, it is. Just check any media outlet, and […]
As it usually does, the singing started on the train. Spurs fans were singing how much they hate Arsenal, though they were about to play Aston Villa, and Villa fans were singing how much they hate Birmingham, even though they were about to host Tottenham. When we got to Aston Station, some of the Villa fans, […]
Why on Earth is mighty Manchester United having to play in front of 9,000 people at Yeovil Town? It’s all about the magic of the FA Cup, for me the best competition in English soccer.
As I watch soccer games in England and work on my book about the subject, I keep collecting terms and sayings that I find entertaining, or that I think Americans would do well to understand.
One of the most amazing things about seeing soccer in England is that stadiums which host top-flight players in one of the world’s greatest leagues are often right in the middle of some residential neighborhood — and the fans are right on top of the pitch. Nowhere is this more in evidence than at Loftus […]