Choosing your new team

With football season just round the corner, you may be looking for a new team to support. Most people tend to support their local team, or the team they supported growing up or maybe even the team whose mascot is their favorite animal. For those of you, who, like me, like the sport in and of itself you may be looking for a new team to support during the upcoming season. There are a couple of factors that I like to consider before giving a team my whole-hearted support.

Firstly, I admit that I am a betting man, so I like supporting a team that has a good chance of winning, but I also like supporting the underdog, so I avoid last year’s winners. It’s important to keep in mind that experience doesn’t always carry the day and I like to choose a team with plenty of fresh meat, so to speak. I always keep track of who has just come up from the college teams to the pros. It’s a good bet (literally) that if some players when good at college they’ll be good in the professional leagues, so keep an eye out for unknown talented players.

I also like a team with a bit of a tradition. I’m a sucker for history and although that’s not the only factor that contributes to who I support it does play its part. Read up on the history of various franchises and consider wearing the jersey of one of those teams with an ancient history. In Europe, many soccer clubs are also affiliated with some type of political party or ideology and where that is the case here it can certainly weigh in on my decision to support a team. When you’re reading about a team’s history you’re likely to uncover some tidbits about random acts of kindness or that may endear a team to you. A bit sentimental perhaps, but it’s nice supporting a team that shares your values. It’s not all about emotion though, as I like to support a winner. I always stay current with all the statistics. And not only those about the team’s or the players’ performance. Keep in mind the coaches and managers and how good (or bad) the team is about managing money. Factors like this can have a huge impact on the morale of a team and how they are perceived by others, which is something that should never be undervalued.

And finally, it’s important to find a team that you are going to enjoy supporting. Maybe you went to their hometown on vacation last year and loved it. When you’re an ardent supporter of the sport and not just a team, that can be reason enough to give them your seasonal love.