So you want to start following soccer. That’s nice. Usually the World Cup is a good instigator for such a desire, especially for North American fans who care about tons of sports but for soccer. Why? Maybe too slow, not enough scoring, diving, too hung up on traditions and ignoring technology. Still, the rest of the world treats it as another one of the religions. Except for India, who have their own Cricket God.
So without a world cup, how do you start? What league to follow? What team to follow? Who to route for, and what the hell are the options? Well, for those of you having problems, luckily, redditor flobin created a wonderful flowchart that will help you find you way through the maze of European Football. Yes, start calling it that.
My recommendations? International football is usually boring. The world cup is an exciting time, but there’s better quality of play in the European Championship. Luckily, it’s not that far away. Less than 3 months till the kick off in exotic Ukraine and Poland. If you like to go with the favorites, start practicing chants in Spanish or German.
There’s no problems following a few leagues at once. Everyone plays on the same days anyway, but I guess it’s a matter of taste and culture. Trends as well. If you’re a trend guy, look no further than Barcelona in the Champions League. The Spanish league is a joke most of the time when Barcelona or Real Madrid play.
The Premier League is the most popular league in the world, with a strong grip on Africa and the Asian markets as well. It doesn’t always mean that it’s the best league. It was, between 2005-2009, but the tides are changing. The Spanish La Liga is held by two teams, the Serie A is making a comeback thanks to the fall of Inter and rise of the two important teams, Juventus and AC Milan. Germany is probably the best combination of unpredictability with attacking football and wonderful fans.