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What's In Your Soccer Video Collection?

 What's In Your Soccer Video Collection?

After Sunday’s Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United, I had a chance to watch the highlights of the game with the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) that I use to record games. I got to see Chicharito’s goal again that he scored with his face. It’s not something you get to see very often.

After watching the highlights after the game, I immediately deleted it from my DVR recordings. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but more because I don’t like a lot of clutter in my saved programs on my DVR. Plus, the DVR itself doesn’t have a whole lot of space. I could buy a bigger hard drive for my DVR, but it’s not high on my priorities right now.

That got me thinking, though. Are you the type of soccer fan who deletes everything, like me, or do you save some matches to either watch again or to add to your collection?

If you look through my library of soccer games, you’ll find very few. I have a set of nine video tapes from the 1992-1994 which include my home recordings of the weekly English soccer highlights show that appeared on late night cable television. Little did I know it at the time, but the videos serve as a part of history as they showcase the genesis of the Premier League. I also have a few assorted videos. Highlights of the 2005 Champions League Final. One of the greatest comebacks in history. And a few other miscellaneous videos including some goal highlight videos.

What’s interesting about soccer matches is that they’re more disposable than most programs. There are too many in a season to save all of them. They are literally hundreds of them every year. And they’re far more frequent than a work of art such as a film or album which can take years to create. With films and albums, they’re easier to remember. Soccer matches tend to drift together. Near the end of the season, it’s often difficult to remember specific games that stood out. Yes, there are some. But it’s hard to remember the details. Unless, of course, you have the games taped for posterity and repeat viewing for days or months to come.

But what about you? What’s in your collection? And do you or do you not keep any of the games that you record? And if so, which ones? Share your stories in the comments section below.


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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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