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 […]
The first thing I heard about watching a game at Burnley FC was from a Sunderland fan – and it wasn’t completely positive. I had just told her, during a game at The Stadium of Light, that I like the old grounds, such as Everton’s Goodison Park, and she said, “Yeah, that’s like going back […]
My English soccer tour has always been mostly about people. There are the people I meet, of course, and the people who read the stuff I write. Ultimately, there will be people reading the book and having their own experiences – maybe even coming on tours with me. My relationship with Sunderland has always been […]
Going to a game at Fulham is among the more civilized experiences I’ve had on my English soccer tour. First, it’s in a lovely and posh area of West London, and to get there from the nearest tube station you actually walk through a park along the River Thames. Second, the ground, Craven Cottage, is […]
Lately I’ve gotten one particular question quite a bit: How can I afford to go to England and watch all these soccer games? I get it so often that I thought I’d take a shot at answering it here. The short and honest answer is, I really can’t. I am obsessed, and I have long […]
The thing about traveling around watching soccer games in England is that every game, and every city, brings surprises. Take my trip to Stoke to see them play Leicester City. Most English people I told about this looked at me with real confusion, as if choosing to go to Stoke made as much sense as […]