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re: Help me choose an EPL Team

Posted on 2/14/24 at 1:34 pm to
Posted by SCgamecock2988
Columbia, SC
Member since Oct 2015
14099 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 1:34 pm to
Yeah I just enjoy the Premier League and Championship and have even gotten into La Liga this season. Occasionally watch the Bundesliga as well. All that due to ESPN+..

This season I’ve enjoyed watching Celta and Rayo but I wouldn’t call myself a fan.

Championship well I’ve always had an affinity towards Blackburn.
Posted by Coach1991
Member since Feb 2015
212 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 1:51 pm to
The criteria were just to get an idea for who to look for. Obviously I know team playing styles/personnel will evolve over time.

I believe that I’ll find it easier to stick with the league in general if there is a team I keep up with. If that falls through and I start leaning towards another team then it happens.

More than anything I’m just looking towards getting into another sports league with some sort of rooting interest
Posted by St Augustine
The Pauper of the Surf
Member since Mar 2006
64895 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 2:02 pm to
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EPL


Gay
Posted by RedPop4
Santiago de Compostela
Member since Jan 2005
14478 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 4:29 pm to
As you may or may not be able to tell from my avatar, I support Fulham and have done for...wow... 22 years. They signed American Eddie Lewis in 2002, were then promoted to the Premier League that year as well. Once up, they signed the great Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra, Eddie Johnson(bust), Clint Dempsey, as well as Kasey Keller at the tail end of his playing days in England.

Current USA players Tim Ream (ten years at the club) and Antonee "Jedi" Robinson play at Craven Cottage currently. They are managed by Marco Silva and play a very upbeat, "out-of-the-back" style which is exceedingly pleasant to watch, especially coming up on the left side from Antonee Robinson, up to Tom Cairney or Willian .

Their ground, Craven Cottage, is a mix of brand spanking new on the Riverside of the stadium which juts INTO the Thames, to the Stevenage Road/Johnny Haynes stand opposite. The JH was built in 1906 and has a wonderful look along with the club building or the "cottage" in the corner between it and the Putney end.

However, Fulham are derided as being very "posh" and while the Hammersmith end of the ground is pretty raucous, the ground is small, and opposing fans insult it as being a "library."

They reached the Europa League final in 2010, losing in 120 minutes to Atletico Madrid after a fairy-tale run, knocking out Juventus, Wolfsburg, Hamburg, Shakhter Donetsk among others. They deserved better from that match. May Diego Forlan be fricked.

As I mentioned they were the first club to take a REAL chance on American players, which is why I chose to follow them 20 years ago. Before that, I tried to follow clubs with Americans, but the few who were over there were often alone, and often just goalkeepers at each club.

Fulham have been a yo-yo club in the last five or eight years, but are solidly mid-table the last two years. They often boss the second division and struggled in the Premier League. However, these last couple, have been much better.
This post was edited on 2/14/24 at 4:33 pm
Posted by RandySavage
Member since May 2012
31010 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 5:52 pm to
Do yourself a favor and don't pick Chelsea, you're welcome. They do fit your midtable criteria though.
Posted by SCLibertarian
Conway, South Carolina
Member since Aug 2013
36735 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 8:57 pm to
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Cool stadium atmosphere.

Nottingham Forest tops the Premier League for this in my humble opinion. Also a great name for a club.
Posted by LemmyLives
Texas
Member since Mar 2019
6627 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 9:18 pm to
Easy solution: fly to the UKI and drive around to pubs. Find the people you like hanging out with the best, become a fan of their club. Not that Millwall is in the EPL, but how are you not a fan after that dude in the London terror attack? I'd drink beer with that SoB for weeks on end.

I ended up a Liverpool fan because I walked into a Liverpool pub in a red polo (outskirts of Athlone, almost 20 years ago) as the Reds had just won the FA cup, and had no idea what I did. Someone handed me their baby within 90 seconds. The Irish talk a lot, like people from LA, so it was a natural fit. Never watched soccer before that trip. A ton of Irish worked in Liverpool shipyards in the 20th century, and other than {poli board} they and Merseyside fans are a wonderful atmosphere. The noise at Anfield puts Tiger Stadium to shame. I was stunned. Also, Liverpool doesn't lose a lot. Like the Tigers, they tend to go down early recently, and then pull a heart attack Tiger move to come back and win or draw.

To all the Leeds folks: Being there is the only time I've seen a guy beating off in a sleeping bag outside a train station at 0630 in freezing weather. Congrats.
Posted by TCO
Member since Jul 2022
2726 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 9:41 pm to
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Why does anyone need to root for a team just because? Just enjoy the games as a neutral and naturally you’ll develop some season to season rooting interest.


I highly advise against this.
Posted by TCO
Member since Jul 2022
2726 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 9:43 pm to
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Do yourself a favor and don't pick Chelsea, you're welcome. They do fit your midtable criteria though.


We’re shite


Posted by CobraCommander83
Member since Feb 2017
11601 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 9:47 pm to
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Millwall


The proper London club
Posted by supatigah
CEO of the Keith Hernandez Fan Club
Member since Mar 2004
87726 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 10:20 pm to
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Do yourself a favor and don't pick Chelsea, you're welcome. They do fit your midtable criteria though.


randy, you aint lyin’
Posted by tee3
Member since Nov 2020
1123 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 2:49 am to
I'd consider looking into Leicester City, always an exciting time. But based on all what you said then Tottenham or Chelsea
Posted by 225rumpshaker
Texas
Member since Sep 2006
8982 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 6:49 am to
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To all the Leeds folks: Being there is the only time I've seen a guy beating off in a sleeping bag outside a train station at 0630 in freezing weather. Congrats.
Posted by rebelrouser
Columbia, SC
Member since Feb 2013
10951 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 8:15 am to
Newcastle United

1. Plays a “fun” style. I don’t even know what this would look like. But a team with more of an attacking philosophy. Trying to be aggressive. Lots of ball movement

4-3-3 pressing style so think of a basketball team that plays aggressive defense and presses the other team a lot.

2. Has some sort of Star power or young up and coming quality players to follow

Alexander Isak and Bruno Guimares are young stars. Anthony Gordon, Tino Livramento, Sven Botman all very young up and coming stars.

3. Not in danger of relegation. Again don’t want the big dogs but also don’t want to follow a team that has zero chance of competing (as a Carolina Panthers fan I can only take so much loosing). Middle of the road teams that are at least competitive are fine

We just got bounced out of Champions League and suffered a lot of injuries but will finish well above relegation. Seven i hope.

4. Relative ease to watch. Meaning are there special streaming services that need to be purchased. I currently stream with YoutubeTV and have ESPN+

Can't understand why Newcastle is on t.v. so much but it's as much as the bigger clubs.

5. Cool stadium atmosphere. I know that every stadium in the EPL will have packed stands and big crowds but are there any unique fan bases with cool traditions or stadiums that can make for fun viewing experiences

Best fans in the league. The stadium is a bit odd and unique; really big on one side but not the other. That is because it sits on a hill overlooking downtown and has a row of historic building right across the street from one of the stands that can't be torn down or removed.
Posted by JerryTheKingBawler
South of Memphis
Member since Jan 2023
1871 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 10:26 am to
Luton Town if you’re not a pussy
Posted by SirWinston
PNW
Member since Jul 2014
83929 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 12:28 pm to
Fantastic thread, mate. One thing to consider is who the greatest band of all time support, which is how I were able to ignore me posh Belgravia birth locale and instead become an ultra supporter of Man City.

Posted by StrongOffer
Member since Sep 2020
4630 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 3:28 pm to
I'm Manchester United thru and thru...but I think Newcastle would be a solid team to jump on the bandwagon. They have a ton of history and a loyal fanbase, St. James Park is historic, good style of play, and a new owner that is gonna throw a ton of cash to make them good, come hell or high water
Posted by TCO
Member since Jul 2022
2726 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 4:02 pm to
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Newcastle United


Better stock up on your burkas and hijabs.
Posted by Coach1991
Member since Feb 2015
212 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 7:59 am to
Tuning in to Tottenham vs Wolves here in about an hour
Posted by bad93ex
Walnut Cove
Member since Sep 2018
27840 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 8:13 am to
If you’re interested in soccer news then I would suggest Golazo Network on PlutoTV. They also have quite a few live games on there as well but Morning Footy is a great morning sports show.
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