In the wake of the World Cup, I have discovered that I enjoy watching the football. With the English Premiere League starting up next month, please help an earnest yet mostly clueless American pick an
Starting off, I have read the Bill Simmons article from 2006 where he ponders this same question
. I agree with some of his requirements for his chosen team, but others don't matter.
Stuff that matters:
- In the World Cup, I really liked the way Argentina played. While their "schoolyard football" or whatever the ESPN announcers called it wasn't ultimately successful, it was a lot of fun to watch (although Maradona might have been a part of it). Counter this with Spain, whose games bored me to tears with their (ultimately successful) tarpit-like pass pass passing. So +1 for pluck over precision.
- I'll probably end up picking up a team jersey and tend to favor solid colors over wacky patchwork patterns. Superficial, I know...
Ease of American Viewing
- While I'm not expecting to watch many games in bars, that would be nice. I would like to be able to watch games on screens bigger than my computer at home. I'm with Comcast and have ESPN1+2, Fox Soccer, Versus, and so on.
- Though it is probably counter to the previous point, I'd like to avoid the "Big Four" of Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool, or Chelsea if possible. As an American, picking one of those feels akin to picking the Yankees, Lakers, or Saints. Anyways, I'm in Boston and have a slew of top tier teams should I feel the need to bandwagon.
Not so much..:
With a newborn on the way, the chances of being able to travel to watch a game in the near future is pretty slim. So stadium location, hooliganism, and so on does not matter as much. I don't know enough about owners and the like to get bothered by their antics, although true characters wouldn't be that bad. I also don't need a winning team (or an underdog, really).
At the moment, I'm leaning towards Fulham, but that's largely because of jersey colors and Dempsey. My wife has called dibs on her "beloved West Ham" and at least one friend is leaning Man City.
So what am I missing? Which players/personalities are worth looking out for? How best to watch the football?