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Oct 02, 2014

How to Buy Tickets for English Soccer:
What I Have Learned So Far

For even more about English soccer, check out the new site for my upcoming book: An American’s Guide to English Soccer   In my quest to visit all 92 league soccer stadiums (aka football grounds) of England, I have picked up a few things about how to buy tickets for the Premier League and other […]

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What I Have Learned So Far
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Jun 27, 2014

Watching Soccer in England – When to Go

For even more about English soccer, check out the new site for my upcoming book: An American’s Guide to English Soccer What’s the best time to go watch soccer in England? As I sit here planning my trips to watch soccer in England during the upcoming season, I find myself thinking there are two ways […]

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An effective way to snatch a point.
May 20, 2014

Some More Terms to Know While Watching English Soccer

As I watch English soccer games on TV and in person, I am constantly taking note of words and expressions that I don’t hear anywhere else – phrases that you might wonder about, if you didn’t think about this stuff as much as I do. I am writing a book about the game, and one […]

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The Madejski Stadium in Reading.
May 15, 2014

Game Day at Reading FC

  I have always referred to the first day of any trip to England or Europe as my Zombie Day. That’s because I arrive at about 7 a.m., but my body thinks it’s actually 11 p.m., and it begins to seek any opportunity to fall asleep. I, of course, know that I must stay awake, […]

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Sunderland at Chelsea in the Premier League
Apr 29, 2014

Sunderland’s Big Day at Stamford Bridge

It’s clear to me now that the gods of sport and travel have aimed me straight at Sunderland. There’s just no other way to explain what’s been going on. I thought I was just researching a guide to English football for Americans, which would include me visiting every ground in the Premier League. In planning […]

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Apr 17, 2014

English Soccer Tour: That “Back on the Road” Feeling

What is that feeling of arriving in a foreign place? It’s excitement, touched with fear, but anticipation through and through. It’s giddy, it’s happy, and it’s freeing. Whatever was back there is just … back there. Left. Escaped? Avoided? Maybe, but not here anyway. That “back on the road feeling” comes when the last home […]

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Seeing soccer in England: Tour Craven Cottage at Fulham
Mar 31, 2014

English Soccer: Touring Craven Cottage at Fulham FC

Ever since I started my English soccer project, I have been aware of many things that I think Americans will love about watching soccer in England. Among them are small stadiums in the middle of big cities, local rivalries, and a chance to experience sport like we remember it as kids: without so much interference […]

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English soccer tour: West Ham United.
Mar 06, 2014

A Sad, Wet, Fun Night with West Ham United at Upton Park

I find it absolutely remarkable that West Ham United are currently climbing up the Premier League table – no doubt their fans do, too. When I saw them play at home in January, both the team and the fans, as well as the weather, were strictly miserable. And yet, it was one of the more […]

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Feb 24, 2014

A Guide to the Leagues and Cups of English Football

For even more about English soccer, check out the new site for my upcoming book: An American’s Guide to English Soccer The leagues and cups of English football were utterly mysterious to me for years. And they may still be for many Americans. Recently I heard a TV announcer from Britain say something that you […]

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