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  • I didn't used to like football, until I went to Uni. There I was surrounded by raving football fans for the first time in my life. So I started watching with them. I think it's partly that you can't just sit down and say I'm going to learn to enjoy this - part of it is the whole group excitement thing, and part of it is that there are some complex aspects of the game that need explaining by friends ;-)

    Even now I'm not a "fan" - I don't go out of the way to watch league matches. But I do enjoy watching the
    • Same here. I certainly am not into the patriotism part of it. I'd like France to win because I can think of the tremendous partying that would occur if it happened and because it's fun teasing all my non-french friends (ie the majority of the people I see daily in this district) but I'd be equally happy if any team that I can find a remote reason to support won (especially if it were an African team, I don't think any African country ever won before).

      I started watching football after moving to Paris when a friend of mine that happens to be a truly excellent cook told me he pretty much only invited people to watch football games. I'm not really interested, but watching it with people that care is fun as you get the same rush you can get from suspension of disbelief (ie when something in your brain starts to act as if you cared). Strangely enough, I also enjoy talking about football when I don't even follow it. But I guess that has something to do with alcohol ;)


      -- Robin Berjon []