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Match of the Day: A History and Appreciation

July 11, 2022

Match of the Day is as much a part of English football culture as Monday Night Football is to that in the United States -- in some ways, even more so, as it largely stands alone in its field, and it even draws us back into the past. Its music is recognizable to probably everyone…

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From Our English Soccer Guidebook: The Standard Northern English Town Story

July 4, 2022

Paul describes his experience and knowledge of the typical northern English town. As I have travelled around, going to games and exploring random corners of England, I have seen this in every northern town I’ve visited, and you will as well, so we might as well get it out of the way. There was a…

Watching Soccer: England vs Spain

January 13, 2022

I have seen more than 150 soccer games in the UK, so I think I know my way around those leagues and clubs pretty well. As I now expand my groundhopping into Spain, I am already seeing some differences. This is not a "which league is better" post, though. It's about how going to a…

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Exploring the World of #groundhopping

August 4, 2021

In 2011, when an Arsenal supporter friend invited me to a game at The Emirates, it was very much as if I had stuck my head through a portal and peered into another world -- a world, I would soon learn, called groundhopping. I was aware of English football, of course, and like many Americans…

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Why I Prefer Watching The Championship over the Premier League

August 2, 2021

Most Americans, when they think of English soccer, naturally think of the Premier League. It’s rather hard to miss in the culture, and it is a tremendous league filled with world-class players on every club. The atmosphere is great, the stadiums not that big, and the TV coverage ubiquitous. But there are several reasons why…

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Soccer Culture: The US vs England

April 15, 2021

I have been fortunate enough to have two fantastic experiences in my soccer life: One is going to more than 100 football games in England, and the other is seeing my beloved Portland Timbers play in two MLS Cups (and win one of them) in person. The playoff runs were magical and gave me some experience…

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How Do MLS Teams Compare to English Teams?

April 14, 2021

Here’s a question that comes up sometimes: How do Major League Soccer teams compare with English teams? I thought I would take a shot at it. Clearly, it’s impossible to answer for sure. Even on their summer tours, the English clubs are just starting their preseason, they don’t play their full-strength teams, and the MLS sides – while in…

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Helpful Terms to Know When Watching English Soccer

March 30, 2021

Here are some English soccer terms you might want to know if you’ll be watching British football, aka soccer. Not all of these are technically football parlance, but these are definitely British football terms and soccer slang which the average American won't be hearing any place else. Of course, this list is an ongoing process,…

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The London Football Guide and the Joys of Non-League Football

November 8, 2020

The whole reason for starting Groundhopper Soccer Guides was to help people enjoy watching English soccer. But, for most people, "watching English soccer" means watching the Premier League, particularly the "Big Six" clubs always at the top. We want to get folks beyond all that and into all the other leagues and cups of English…

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Watching the Premier League in South America

October 21, 2020

How to Watch the Premier League in South America ESPN has exclusive rights to broadcast Premier League games throughout South America i.e. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. This agreement is through the end of the 2021-22 season. The Premier League makes up an impressive soccer portfolio for ESPN in…

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