What Every Football Fan Should Know


What Every Football Fan Should Know


What Every Football Fan Should Know

Firstly, two seemingly contradictory statements:

Football is a simple game played by complex people.

Football is a complex game played by simple people.

In short, football is the people’s game, the glue of social cohesion and it can often be the spark for conversation in new or familiar company alike.

In fact, as a shorthand way of getting to know someone (good or bad), a seemingly casual conversation about football should reveal all you need to know – regardless of whether or not the other person is a fan. Such is the unguarded reaction that football provokes in people – regardless of age, race or gender.

As a spectacle football is more dramatic than the greatest action blockbuster, it’s more profound than high art and redolent with both literal and symbolic meaning alike.

This is why, if like me you love football, then you subscribe to the clichéd viewpoint that it is ‘more than a game’.

Even at its ugliest, its dullest, its most frustrating football remains the beautiful game and the only game in town as far as I am concerned.

Building Appreciation

Perhaps more than any other pastime football will reward the time you spend on it as the memories and histories of games and football people you’ve seen and read about resonate in your mind’s eye.

After a while watching games the subtleties will emerge and you’ll see that really ‘all life is there’, encapsulated in 11v11.

Even at its ugliest, its dullest, its most frustrating football remains the beautiful game and the only game in town as far as I am concerned.

Whatever your external interests and personality, you will find a reference point in football. And that can be your way in. Find the team, player or situation you can relate to and build your appreciation from there.

If you are new to the game then this is How To Watch Football.


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