Should you support your local team?

Discussion in 'BigSoccer Polls' started by Deranged, Jan 14, 2014.

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Should you support your local team?

  1. Yes

    98 vote(s)
    73.7%
  2. No

    20 vote(s)
    15.0%
  3. Not sure

    15 vote(s)
    11.3%
  1. Deranged

    Deranged Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Your Head
    Club:
    ACF Fiorentina
    On Bigsoccer we have a wide range of nationalities, many are from other countries supporting teams abroad, I understand that someone in a country with not so good teams decides to support a team that is abroad, however what about those who are lucky enough to have such a good team structure in there country?

    I personally am born and bred in London, due to influecne I was also bound to be an Arsenal or Man United fan, only because my friends supported them, however I now think you should let your team choose you, which is how I came to support Fiorentina, I don't know how or why but it just sort of clicked, looking into them more and more really took my interest into them, I am forever grateful for that Fifa game I played with them .I'm 14 but I'll be sticking to them for life,
     
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  2. Deranged

    Deranged Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Your Head
    Club:
    ACF Fiorentina
    I do get a lot of stick for being a fake supporter because apparently I should support an English Team and the England National Team.
     
  3. JamesBH11

    JamesBH11 Member+

    Sep 17, 2004
    Agree ... if you don;t you might just be a glory hunter kinda fan ... (if following other teams)
     
  4. Rana catesbeiana

    Mar 11, 2008
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Well, you should support the team your heart tells you to support. I don't think you that much choose it.

    People are also in so different circumstances regarding what teams they support. Some people's parents/older siblings/etc were major fans of a team X, so that affects. But for some, it's not like that. Some people happened to be born in areas that are major centers of football (Brazil, Madrid...), but some were born in minor areas - countries who rarely make WC, countries whose domestic leagues are notably humble in quality. Some people "chose" their club during the time when no global exposure of football was available daily, some people not. And so on and on.

    Support whoever you want, but be cautious of judging people whose relation to their supported club isn't similar to yours.
     
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  5. Guigs

    Guigs Member+

    Dec 9, 2011
    Club:
    Vasco da Gama Rio Janeiro
    Rana something you probably will find interesting. Brazil as you know is a huge country and we also have the same argument as you see here about supporting local teams within our own country.

    So.. Most people in Brazil support the big teams from Rio/SP even if they have their own local leagues and teams, but certain teams have local followings that dwarfs the attendance from the big clubs.

    Santa Cruz (serie B) and Remo (not qualified for national competitions not even D league) are 2 teams which avg on the state tournaments they participate on, higher attendance than the big clubs in Brazil, and every time I see that it actually makes me like those 2 teams even more.

    So yes I agree that you can't choose a team to support you just kind of do, I also believe there is a lot to be said about experiencing from up close the atmosphere of being around the team you support, and I do believe most people which support teams from far are either glory hunters or were influenced as young kids that they need to support those teams, but they grow up to have little connection with the team. They just kind of follow them along and don't become passionate about it.

    Now.. I do relate to you @Deranged my Hockey team which I do support buy merchandise and am completely sick about is the LA Kings.. why? Because back in Brazil I would play NHL Stanley Cup 1993 and I just happened to pick the Kings because they were on the cover, and I loved how a guy which wore #99 would score so much for me, and how amazing #23 was also.

    Eventually I moved to the US and discovered they were called Luc Robitaille and Wayne Gretzky, but by then I was already a LA Kings fan.

    And I'm a gamer... This is how I pick my teams
    NBA - Pistons
    NHL - LA Kings
    Fifa - Vasco / Brazil
    MLB - Marlins
    NFL - Dolphins

    I can't play any of those games unless I'm playing for those teams hahahaha bizarre I know. Even so I can honestly say in my order of connection with teams is Vasco (from Rio where I grew up) Marlins (where I live now) Dolphins, Kings, Pistons.

    Oh.. pistons was because of Grant Hill
     
  6. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Club:
    New York City FC
    This is a good topic - and one that I argue with my friends about all the time. I personally think you should have a connection to the teams you support. It annoys me when Americans would rather cheer for Brazil than the US and look down on US soccer as second rate. Isn't the whole point of international soccer to cheer for your own country?

    We MLS fans also have trouble with fans who would rather cheer for a PL club than a local one - what connection do you have to Manchester other than you like to cheer for a winner?

    On the other hand, sports fandom is highly personal and at the end of the day, I can't judge someone too harshly for loving the team that they do - the heart wants what the heart wants right? It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me personally to cheer for a club or country that has nothing to do with me.

    It's why I even though I feel like I should pick a Premier League team because I watch so much of it - I have a hard time since most teams feels like I'm just glory hunting, Arsenal or Spurs for example, or what the heck do I know about Swansea or Hull? But speaking of glory hunting, I might actually have to pick Man City because if I become an FC NY fan, I'll have a connection to them and may want them to do well.
     
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  7. Madman1

    Madman1 Member

    Feb 1, 2014
    London
    Club:
    West Ham United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    I'm connected with West Ham, there my local team, I just can't support anyone else.
     
  8. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I support one normally elite club, Manchester United. What annoys me is when somebody supports elite clubs in three leagues like Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain (unless the person had lived in London, Munich, and Paris).
     
  9. puertorricane

    puertorricane Red Card

    Feb 4, 2012
    Carolina PR
    Club:
    Santos FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    How does a team chooses you?


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  10. Deranged

    Deranged Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Your Head
    Club:
    ACF Fiorentina
    You fall in love with it the moment you see them
     
  11. Nacional Tijuana

    Nacional Tijuana BigSoccer Supporter

    May 6, 2003
    San Diego, Calif.
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I first watched Seattle Sounders back in '95 or so, on cable, as I've never lived in Seattle. But I loved the footage of their stadium (Memorial? I know it's near the Needle, which looked gorgeous at night). A also loved their kits and their name. Those were my reasons. Take them or leave them. I didn't really know enough about soccer at the time to really judge players.

    Man City I simply got interested in in their final year in the second tier, when it looked as if they'd get promoted (and they did). I was just sick of Man U dominating the english soccer scene, and wanted a derby in that area (although I'm not sure if either team resides legally in that local government area, but they do both have "Manchester" in their names.). And now, it looks like they are here to stay.
     
  12. NickyClee'sClickyKnee

    Oct 21, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Fair enough if you enjoy watching a team from abroad, but you should always at least try going to the games of your local team, no matter the standard.
     
  13. Rana catesbeiana

    Mar 11, 2008
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    why?
     
  14. puertorricane

    puertorricane Red Card

    Feb 4, 2012
    Carolina PR
    Club:
    Santos FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    That's fantasy and it doesnt exist even with women in real life is just a fantasy.




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  15. giles varley

    giles varley Member+

    Oct 8, 2013
    nottingham uk
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Yes.. People should support their local team ( nearest city).. What i hate is the glory hunters especially the fake man utd fans.. Its just ridiculous ..i meet them all the time !! They are like the fake liverpool fans of the 1980s
     
  16. HuntKop

    HuntKop Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 15, 2002
    Sulla mia Vespa
    Club:
    ACF Fiorentina
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Great post, and even better choice of club. :)

    Ale' Viola!
     
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  17. Rana catesbeiana

    Mar 11, 2008
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Do you think a dude who was born in Reykjavik can support Leeds?
     
  18. pxmoseredux

    pxmoseredux Member

    Jun 27, 2010
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    I am from the US, and obviously I always support the national teams, but I fell in love with Brasil's Selecao a LOOOOONG time ago (1982) and they have always been my true love. The same holds trur for US Pro football. I simply cannot follow the MLS at all, it bores me to no end and I fine the Prem League and Bundesliga that much more fun to watch. My friends here in the States say I should support local football, but I cannot.
     
  19. giles varley

    giles varley Member+

    Oct 8, 2013
    nottingham uk
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    I always liked leeds utd because i was named after johnny giles and my dad supported them but i support leicester because they are my local city team.. Everyone liked the brazil 82 team ! They made people fall in love with the game but i dont think you can really support a national team..you can admire them of course
     
  20. NickyClee'sClickyKnee

    Oct 21, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Because you experience something nothing like "supporting" a team you have no real connection with and are half a world away. It's like being married but having only talked online with your wife. It just doesn't compare to the real thing.

    Also that's how football flourishes. With actual support from the local populace and not manufactured plastic fans.
     
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  21. Rana catesbeiana

    Mar 11, 2008
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Would you say you're a manufactured plastic Boston Rams supporter/follower/fan?
     
  22. santi1196

    santi1196 New Member

    Mar 17, 2014
    Club:
    CA San Lorenzo de Almagro
    You choose the team you love, no matter where it is from
     
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  23. Bayu Rizaldhan Rayes

    Apr 7, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Agree..
     
  24. futbol561

    futbol561 New Member

    May 5, 2014
    I am in the US. I will root for my team, but they are not that good. I am a realist and without a miracle, we won't get out of Group Stages
     
  25. jus2nang

    jus2nang Member

    Dec 12, 2005
    North London
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ghana
    I support my local team, having grown up in North London just down the road from Highbury. Whilst in theory one would ordinarily support their local team, I think as long as there is some genuine connection to the team (be it family or perhaps even the first team that you saw or whatever) you can be considered a real fan.

    Not that anybody should really tell anybody who to support, but if you grew up in London, born in the late 80s early 90s and support Man Utd or born in the 70s and support Liverpool then you'll be taken less seriously.
     

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