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Happy Thanksgiving Day Soccer Fans

happy thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving Day Soccer Fans

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The biggest holiday of the year in this country — even more so than Christmas Day. I still find it hard to really get into the spirit of celebrating the holiday. I don’t get into the traditional American football games, so maybe that’s one of the reasons the holiday seems so foreign to me. But it’s fun for the kids and for the family to get together, so I’ll be looking forward to that.

In the spirit of real football and Thanksgiving Day, here are a few of the reasons to be thankful:

  1. Watching a live match, not knowing who will win and being completely drawn into the game,
  2. Seeing a goal scored out of nowhere, when you least expect it,
  3. A football commentator summing up a key moment with words of wisdom that roll off the tongue like poetry, and
  4. A football stadium full of fans in sweet chorus.

And here are a few things that piss me off:

  1. Watching a match and knowing what the final result is,
  2. Watching a nervy match and waiting for a goal to be scored, which would change the game, but it never comes, and
  3. Watching your team lose to a undeserved last minute goal.

For soccer fans in the United States, there are a few more reasons to be thankful. ESPN360 and Setanta Sports will be televising the latest round of UEFA Cup games today as follows (all times eastern):

  • Schalke vs Manchester City, Setanta Sports, 1pm [live] or 6pm [delayed]
  • Tottenham vs NEC, ESPN 360, 1pm
  • Portsmouth v AC Milan, ESPN 360, 3pm

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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3 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving Day Soccer Fans

  1. eplnfl says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Eat a lot!

    It would be a better Thanksgiving if ESPN 360 was open to all !

  2. AtlantaPompey says:

    4. Watching your team draw to a an injury-time goal, even though it was deserved.

    Once again we snatched a draw from the jaws of victory. Listen to me: I'm disappointed that we drew with AC freakin' Milan at Fratton Park in a competitive fixture. How weird is that?

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May your football teams bring you joy and happiness.

    Oh…and PLAY UP POMPEY!!! POMPEY PLAY UP!!!

  3. TT says:

    PLAY UP POMPEY!!! POMPEY PLAY UP!!! – I want to hear that in a Georgian accent!

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