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Author Archives: Andrew Puopolo

First-hand account of US Open Cup derby between New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos

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It’s the magic of the cup. A second division side drawn to play away from home against their local rivals, a “proper cup tie” some might call it. It’s David against Goliath, a potential giant killing, a banana skin, as … Continue reading

What the New York soccer derby was like for an American who spent time in England

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After a year of living in London and attending quite a few matches, I came home to my native New York just in time for the biggest fixture on the New York soccer calendar, the Hudson River Derby between New … Continue reading

Review of ‘Soccer For Socrates’ from Day 2 of the Kicking and Screening Film Festival

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Day 2 of the Kicking and Screening Soccer Film Festival in New York City provided the option of watching two films that were very different in style and content. The first option was a film called Soccer For Socrates, which … Continue reading

Review of ‘Jack To A King’ documentary that chronicles Swansea’s magical flight

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This week, New York City is the home of the Kicking and Screening Soccer Film Festival, which launched Tuesday night and continues until Friday. The festival features seven films from seven different countries that mainly focus on the fan’s impact on the sport. The … Continue reading

An American travels to Goodison Park to watch his beloved Spurs

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In recent weeks I have written about trips to The Hive, Vicarage Road, Griffin Park and Allianz Park to write about experiences that are foreign to me as an American living in England. All of these experiences were extremely memorable … Continue reading

An American attends a rugby match in England and compares it to English soccer

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After going to more than 30 soccer matches during my stay in England I decided to try a different English sporting experience a week and a half ago when I went to see a rugby match to see how the … Continue reading

An American travels to see Championship playoff between Brentford and Middlesbrough

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Last weekend I wrote about the joys of promotion to the Premier League and the raucous celebrations at Vicarage Road when Watford were promoted after a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. This week, however, I was in for quite a … Continue reading

An American travels to Watford to experience Premier League promotion party

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Last weekend I wrote about the experience of watching a team achieve promotion into the Football League when I went to see Barnet defeat Gateshead to clinch the Conference Title. A week later I was back in North West London … Continue reading

An American travels to Barnet to experience club’s promotion to Football League

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Since my favorite team Tottenham Hotspur were away to Southampton this weekend, I decided to look elsewhere for my weekend soccer adventure. Since the two promotion chasing Championship sides (Watford and Brentford) were playing away from home, I decided to … Continue reading

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Tottenham Hotspur fan’s first-hand account of Old Trafford experience

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Old Trafford, Manchester, England, capacity 75,000. Home to Manchester United Football Club, it is an international tourist destination that attracts visitors from all over the world to the industrial city of Manchester. It is nicknamed “The Theater of Dreams” but … Continue reading

Tottenham Hotspur fan’s first-hand account of Fiorentina away trip

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Earlier in the season, I wrote about my experience supporting Tottenham Hotspur away at Stamford Bridge. This past Thursday, I had the opportunity to watch Tottenham play from the away end in Florence and wow the experiences could not have … Continue reading

Seeing the Spurs-West Ham derby through the eyes of an American soccer fan

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If you try to buy tickets for a Tottenham Hotspur Premier League match at White Hart Lane, you’ll notice that each game is priced into one of three categories based on the level of the opponent. The category with the highest ticket prices … Continue reading

Analyzing The Managerial Revolving Door at Tottenham Hotspur in Recent Times

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Before the players walk out onto the pitch at every Tottenham Hotspur home match at White Hart Lane, a video is played on the big screens at either end of the White Hart Lane pitch. The video alludes to Tottenham’s … Continue reading

Reasons Why The League Cup Still Matters

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The Football League Cup (also known as the Capital One Cup or the Carling Cup or the Worthington Cup in recent years) has often been held in very low regard amongst managers and pundits alike. Notable examples include Sir Alex … Continue reading

Examining Champions League Group Stage Issues

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Match Day 6 of the Champions League has come and passed. Besides winner take all clashes between Manchester City and AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico and Liverpool and Basel at Anfield, there really was not much drama on hand. … Continue reading

First-Hand Experience Recount of Tottenham Away at Stamford Bridge

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Away days; a tradition cherished amongst sports fans in Europe but almost unheard of in the United States. To be put quite simply, there is no experience for a sports fan that can compare to an away day in the … Continue reading

Analyzing The Fans’ Experience Between NFL And England Matches At Wembley

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Wembley Stadium, London, England. The home of English soccer, having hosted England internationals, cup finals and promotion playoffs since the original Wembley opened in 1923. However, the stadium has recently become the home of a different type of football, American … Continue reading

Experiencing USA vs Colombia Friendly in London With the American Outlaws

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Once a month every fall, the dreaded international break forces itself on the domestic soccer calendar, and it always seems to foist the ages old club vs country debate into the limelight. Last month, Raheem Sterling was thrown into the limelight … Continue reading