Yeah alright. Rugby players aren't NFL players and everyone who plays "soccer" is a p*ssy.
Now that I've summarized 99% of the anticipated responses I want to post this video.
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I don't know about you but it really gets me all riled up.
I'm not a football fanatic as I used to play rugby and american football but there's something about intercountry rivalry within professional football that cannot be paralleled (IMHO). What strikes me even more is that it is not gender or sex related.
I went to a few matches at the Euro. Fantastic.
Focus: Can you really identify yourself with a club team/franchise in the same way you could your country? Also, feel free to share any anecdotes that are relevant. (Emotional connection to sport).
ha, i've been a huge soccer player. (yes, im from the states) i used to play everyday, and got scholarships for many universities, but i recently gave it up. I became stronger and stronger. And yes i've come to learn that soccer is for pussies. They are very athletic, no doubt, but they are pussies. Rugby is the best sport. Good combination of strength, speed, and overall athleticism is needed to play.
There's nothing like football to give you a heart attack! Good question about club vs. country rivalry. Its hard to say - most people I know in England care very, very passionately about their local clubs. This said, when Euros or World Cups come around, everyone's focus is honed to the national team and the atmosphere is tremendous!
I don't suppose many know too much about the brillian sport of cricket, but if we're talking about nail-biting, heart-in-mouth, nerve-jangling stuff, then this has to be it for me.
As for your question about emotional anecdotes, watching pakistan win the (field) hockey world cup on penalties when I was about 7 ... just can't forget it.
Sport in my opinion, is the best thing in the world. Nothing gets me more emotionally charged.
Not actually an Arsenal supporter (I'm a true neutral, would you believe it), but they must be - when they play like they can - the best "team work" team out there. Pity it hasn't worked so well this year. I think Eduardo is going to get you a shiny trophy this season however, even despite what happened last night.