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Jan 31, 2014

Helpful Terms to Know When Watching English Soccer

For even more about English soccer, check out the new site for my upcoming book: An American’s Guide to English Soccer My fellow Americans, here are some terms which you might want to know if you’ll be watching English football, aka soccer. This is all part of research for my 2017 book, An American’s Guide […]

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See an English soccer game at West Bromwich Albion.
Jan 29, 2014

Temporary Baggie: Seeing a Game at West Bromwich Albion

One of my travel mantras, taken from Rick Steves, is to try and become a “temporary local.” In the case of my English soccer tour, I take that to mean “temporary fan.” And when seeing a game West Bromwich Albion, I had a chance to go all-in on this practice. Birmingham, A Fine Base of […]

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Why do Americans call it "soccer"?
Jan 27, 2014

Why Do Americans Call it “Soccer”?

Over the two weeks of my first English Soccer Tour, one conversation has been repeated just about daily. It goes pretty much like this: Me: “Hi, I’m visiting from the States.” English Person: “Are ya? Did you just come for this game?” Me: “No, I’m traveling around on a two-week football tour, going to as […]

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Old Trafford Manchester United
Jan 26, 2014

English Soccer Tour: I’m an Honorary Mackem!

I have a friend who refers to her higher power, or god, as “perfect timing.” You know the feeling, when everything clicks into place and magic flows? Well, that has happened to me on this trip, and I didn’t even know it was going on! Wednesday night I was at Old Trafford in Manchester for […]

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English Soccer: Seeing a game at Arsenal.
Jan 21, 2014

English Soccer Tour: Attending a Game at Arsenal

For the longest time, I thought going to a soccer game in England was this mysterious thing that you had to be somehow “connected” to be a part of. And I certainly thought that going to a game at Arsenal or some other major club was darn near impossible. Well, not true entirely. It’s really […]

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Jan 15, 2014

English Soccer Tour, Stop 1: Heathrow Customs

Well, it didn’t take long for the first interaction of my English Soccer Tour. In fact, it happened in the customs line at Heathrow, before I had officially entered the UK. The customs guy, about 30, asked why I was coming, and I said, “To watch football games.” He smiled and said, “Don’t you mean […]

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