7 Reasons Why More Americans Need to Watch European Football

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7 Reasons Why More Americans Need to Watch European Football
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The players are all tough.

Being an American, I love watching all of the major sports leagues here: NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB and MLS plus college football and basketball. While I grew up watching those leagues, nothing compares to the passion I have for watching European football—better known here in the U.S. as soccer.

While many Americans are passionate about their sports teams, I can make an argument that nothing compares to the fans of European teams. Where else would a team break into their rival's stadium and play a prank like this? The one downside is that while most European fans are ardent supporters of their teams, unfortunately some take it too far with violence that shouldn't be tolerated.

Several friends always ask me what I see in soccer, which spurs me to launch into a passionate speech about why it's so great. About 10 minutes into my rant, they look at me like a madman speaking a foreign language. My forgiving pregnant wife has been known to be woken up very early on weekend mornings to me yelling and swearing at the TV while watching my beloved Arsenal play.

So, I thought I should provide a guide for Americans to understand why soccer truly is the best sport in the world to watch.

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