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What the International Break Feels Like …

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I freely admit that I’m a soccer nut. A day doesn’t go where I’m not watching 2-3 matches a day (or more sometimes), so the coming down from a soccer high to cold turkey during international breaks is oftentimes a shock to the system to me. It may feel the same way to you, too.

Some critics would argue “get a life,” or “go watch another sport,” or “get out of the house.” All those are worthy criticisms, but even when I’m focused on other things in my life, there’s still that feeling at the bottom of my stomach that something is missing in my life.

Thinking about it today, an international break feels like following soccer before there was the Internet and before almost every single match was televised live. It reminds me of childhood, hearing the sound of the grandfather clock slowly ticking away while being dead bored at a relative’s house.

To me, that’s how soccer felt growing up in the UK — unless I was fortunate enough to be going to a match.

What does the international break feel like to you?


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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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