Being clubless at the moment, I began to ask myself “How does one come to support a club?”.
It can be because of a variety of reasons:
1) Family- Yes, your daddy, your daddy’s daddy, and your daddy’s daddy’s gay lover’s daddy supported the same club. So you feel a natural bond with the club, almost as close as your relationship with your family.
2) Region/City– You just happen to be a fan of the local club. Happens to the majority of folks. But not good in my case.
3) Glory Hunter (Or Manchester United supporter)- You start watching football right and follow a team, basically because it wins a lot. Great for the short term, but most of these fans are bandwagoners who usually faints interest in the club, until it’s time to pull out their 120$ jersey for the deciding game that is.
4) The “brand new” lifelong fanatic- These are typical in north america. They pick a random team and suddenly buy every piece of merchandise the team can offer before even watching their second game. The connection is all but lost, but the fan will pretend he knows all about the team. But there’s no real feeling, no gutwrenching nervous stomach pain before big games, no teary eyes during big goals.

Basically, I believe that I’m stuck with option 5
5) The fisher- I’m throwing my bait in the EPL pool this year. Seeing which club will bite. It might happen at the most random moment. But I believe you can’t just “pick” a club. It just happens, usually as a combination of players, stadium, a compelling season filled with moments that get you right behind them, etc. One thing I do know, is that I won’t be picking either of these teams to adopt:

Manchester United- I hate their fans, and the majority of their players with a passion.
Liverpool- Too trendy. Players are awesome. But their story doesn’t appeal to me.
Arsenal- Urgh. Sold its soul when they destroyed highbury. Wegner is a cunt and Walcott is probably the only guy there I don’t want to see raped.
Fulham and Bolton- The most pathetic, unambitious and boring sports clubs in existance.
Manchester City- Again, the symbol of all that is wrong with Football.
Stoke, Hull, WBA, Wigan- Not counting Wigan, I think these clubs don’t have a good chance of staying in the EPL. And even if a bigger club drops (like Leeds), it is still fairly easy to watch their games.
When I do find “the club”, I won’t be really a “supporter” until going through a baptism of atleast 2-3 years with the club. You can’t really fall in love with a woman after the first date.


EPL Gets a new chance

November 10, 2008

I’ve been an avid football fanatic since I was about 2 years old, when my I caught my father watching Italian football on a cold winter afternoon in Montreal.
Being born in Uruguay, you can bet that I’ve had my share of rich football experiences. Even though I follow football from pretty much all over the world (from Scotland, Japan, Argentina, Holland, Uruguay, Germany, North America, + their respective continental tournaments), I never got into the English Premier League in the same way most of the world has embraced it.

It’s odd, because the English league system has everything I look for in football. History, talent, heart, entertainment, excitement and a rich variety of quality clubs to support. My first impressions following the EPL came in 2001 when Diego Forlan was sold to Manchester United. I watched nearly all 38 of Manchester United’s games that year. I’ll be honest, I was impressed.

My one frustration with the EPL, has to be the mid- bottom tier teams (Bolton, Fulham, Everton etc), who besides owning nice stadiums and paying their players well, are probably two of the most uninspiring and unambitious sport clubs on earth.

But I’ve had a change of heart lately, and I’m willing to give it a real chance. From now on I’m going to offer an experienced (to the sport) but new fan’s perspective on the English Premier League.