There is a reason soccer is the most beloved and watched sport in the world, it’s exciting, breath-taking, and it will definitely get you hooked as you continue to watch it and involve yourself in it. I was introduced to soccer when I was five, playing with my father at the park then later playing in small, organized leagues. I became really hooked when I went to Greece in 2004, where everyone in the small village I stayed in was passionate for soccer. They played it, watched it, lived it, breathed it. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, at least in America. Never had I seen a group of people so passionate for one sport before, and I quickly figured out why. A few of my friends from the village had taken me to an Asteras Tripolis game, a team who played fast, exciting football and was quickly rising through the ranks of the Greek Football League. It was the first time I had ever seen a professional soccer game in my life, and it was an experience I will never forget.
To me, soccer was a very difficult sport to understand, even more difficult than American Football. Growing up, I thought it was just a bunch of guys kicking a ball around for 90 minutes trying to score, but it is much, much more than that. It is the small things that make soccer great, the fancy skill moves everyone in my village did while making it look so incredibly easy, and all of the things they taught me to get an edge on my opponent. It had easily become my favorite sport and I couldn’t wait to go back home to Chicago and tell all my friends about it and how much of an impact it had on me.
I have a huge amount of passion for soccer and what it has done in my life and what it’ll continue to do for me. The memories associated with it are ones I will never forget, so it’s only natural that I write this blog. I plan on visiting Europe in the coming years and attending soccer matches in three different countries because I feel soccer has certain types of affects on cultures and this phenomenon is interesting to me. Also, the atmosphere at these European stadiums is very unique and can’t be found in many other places in the world. My blog will provide a ton of information, both through my expierences and others.