Re: Is soccer still commonly belittled or ridiculed by the media in the US or has it changed? It was pretty easy for me. I was studying in Ratingen back in '96 and my host family was hardcore Borussia Dortmund supporters. They won the league that year and went on to (shockingly) win the Champions League the next (Laars Ricken ftw!). I was hooked. Unfortunately it was very difficult to follow the team here in the US, and it wasn't until the soccer cable packages and (cough cough) internet feeds that I was able to watch them play.