Watch soccer to decide which team to follow
After SAF left, they had to endure many years of boring soccer under Louis Van Gaal, David Moyes and are currently being managed by Jose Mourinho who's well known for playing ugly, defensive soccer.
Choosing your soccer team
That's what happened with me, I grew up watching the club my dad supported and didn't know any different. My first game was a Sheffield Wednesday home game against Stoke, I remember it well. 15 years later I'm still a massive Wednesday fan, I couldn't dream of supporting another team.
If it isn't your dad that gets you into soccer, it could very likely be your grandad or even an uncle. Either way, if an older member of your family supports a team, you should encourage them to take you to a match or watch one on the television.
Broadcasting Accessibility: Every soccer fan wants to be able to watch their team as much as possible. Unfortunately many of us can't get to games and have to resort to watching on TV.
Due to some legal reasons the UK aren't able to watch matches live. Brits are only able to listen live & watch a full match replay 1-2 days later.
I couldn't tell you how accessible Ligue 1, Bundesliga or La Liga games are in the states. I know that here in the UK I catch the occasional game though Real Madrid, Barca & PSG are televised almost every time they play.
Success: For me, success is a non factor. Don't get me wrong it's nice to be able to enjoy your team winning their fair share of games. It's also nice to watch your team win the league or cups but it's not a deciding factor in supporting a team.
If you're one of those fans that are new to soccer and choose to support a big & successful club, take man city for instance, you will most likely be called a fake/plastic fan and a glory hunter by fellow soccer fans. This isn't a huge deal, just ignore it or banter back with them.
Worst type(s) of Soccer Fan:
A true glory hunter. If you're a Man City fan, you stay a city fan through thick and thin. You don't suddenly jump ship if/when their success comes to an end. I've seen a few Chelsea fans jump ship to City after their title winning season. It's pretty embarrassing.
Supports multiple clubs in the same league. This is another weird situation. I've spoken to a couple of people in my lifetime that support multiple clubs in one league and are “tied” when they meet each other in the league.
What's even worse is the people that support rival clubs. It's amazing, I've genuinely had friends that supported both Rangers and Celtic. It doesn't make sense how someone can do that. They are two teams with fans that the other clubs with a passion.
People that support a club in every single country, or worse... every single league. Don't get me wrong I have preferences & teams I prefer watching from each country or league but it's nothing more than that. It's not an emotional attachment and I don't buy their merchandise.
A lot of fake fans will have jerseys from clubs all around the world, claim to support the team as a die hard fan but in reality, they don't even know the result of the match that just passed.
Don't get me wrong, you can be whatever type of fan you like. At the end of the day soccer is a hobby and if you enjoy supporting and watching the best teams in the world, fair enough.
I just think supporting one club and being in love with just one club is an experience everyone should have. Being a loyal fan to one club doesn't mean you can't enjoy other soccer, It just means you're not emotionally attached to any of the other clubs, rather watching as a “neutral”.
If you read this article and have chosen a club to support, let me know who you chose.