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Old 07-21-2008, 04:40 PM
 
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I'm going to be studying in London this fall, and I'd like to get into football a little bit. In America, what makes sports so good is the associations each team has outside of just the sport, in the way they represent a city. I'm thinking Yankees/Red Sox here. Is it like that in the UK? Do they have a national favorite team? How would one compare the fans of ManU and Arsenal? If you wear certain jerseys in certain places, what happens?

What about for cricket? Same thing?
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:51 PM
 
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Good question. I've always wondered some of the differences between the EPL clubs and fans. I'm really starting to appreciate football.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Stewartsville, NJ
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As an American... we have nothing over the Brits and their passion for football! I went to a few matches when i was over there and let me tell you! The fans were more entertaining then the players on the field. They sing..they cuss like troopers..the scots even bend over in their kilts and moon the refs! It's amazing! I will never go to another American Football game now that I see what being a "real fans" means!
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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I can only speak as an American who follows EPL football. Many historical rivalries exist like Yankees-Red Sox, but the Premiership is dominated by Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. Liverpool finished in the Top 4 last season and is typically a Champions League side.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Strathclyde & M√°laga
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the scots even bend over in their kilts and moon the refs! It's amazing! I will never go to another American Football game now that I see what being a "real fans" means!

HAHAHA yes its very entertaining especially for the ladies
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Mesquite, TX
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All I know is that I wouldn't wear my hoops anywhere around Castle Greyskull...sorry, Ibrox...

oh...and for my fellow Americans, please drop that E from in front of PL...it's not the English Premier League...it's THE Premier League...
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:39 AM
 
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What about for cricket? Same thing?
From what I know?..Like the State rivalries, In Australian domestic cricket, There's some strong rivalries in County cricket. Lancashire versus Yorkshire "War of the roses" immediately comes to mind, As a strongly contested County rivalry and not just within cricket circles, It even spills into rugby union matches.

Though the real "Barmy Army" comes out, When England faces other Commonwealth nations (Like Australia ), At the level of International Cricket.

Last edited by Kangaroofarmer; 07-22-2008 at 02:57 AM..
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:08 AM
 
Location: England/Wales
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The film "Formula 51", released as "51st State" over here, has a sub plot concerning the rivalry between Liverpool and Man Utd...It certainly isn`t so far from the truth...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFGXg...eature=related
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:49 AM
 
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The Yanks are loved for being America's team but reviled for being corporate and buying their way to endless boring championships. The Red Sox are dirty thugs who always hated being in the Yankees' shadow. The Cubs are lovable losers. Anything like this is Britain? Who do most Londoners support?
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:55 AM
 
Location: England/Wales
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Who do most Londoners support?
Man Utd ,,,,I kid you not. I`ve been in pubs in Cardiff before major games at the Stadium with Man Utd shirts as far as the eye can see..The one thing I did struggle to find was a Manchester accent...
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