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17 Struggles Of Trying To Watch International Soccer In The U.S.

Because sometimes you say "football" and feel like an impostor...

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1. You have to wake up early.

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It's match day. You've been looking forward to this all week, but it's still 5 a.m.

2. You have to wake up early. On the weekend.

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You're up, but then you suddenly realize that this is how you're going to be spending your weekend.

Whatever. Commitment...right?

3. When you're around people who call it "soccer," and you say "football."

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4. Or when you're around people who call it "football," and you say "soccer."

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Pro tip: Try "world football." You'll feel less like an asshole.

5. People might think you're a "fake" fan because you aren't local.

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Come at me, bro.

6. You often watch alone.

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Because — again — it'll be early and everyone else you know will probably still be asleep.

7. Your celebrations are quiet so as to not wake up anyone else.

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Did we mention that it's early?

But you still find ways to let your fan flag fly.

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8. You'll be singing chants that nobody understands.

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Again, by yourself.

9. You wear jerseys nobody recognizes.

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"Are you just a fan of Qatar Airways or...?"

It's fucking Messi, people.

10. Sometimes, it's difficult to find somewhere to watch live.

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The only really ~official~ place is NBC Live Sports, and that's only the Premier League. Thankfully, Fox is getting the Bundesliga this season, but your options are limited if you want to watch live.

11. So what you end up watching are low-to-meh-quality streams.

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That either get stuck in buffer loops or are taken down after some time.

12. For some leagues, you watch broadcasts in different languages.

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Which, in reality, is good practice if you're currently learning a new language.

13. Without as much dedicated coverage to the sport in the States, sometimes you feel like you're missing out...

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At least we have Men in Blazers.

14. On the culture...

15. On the defeats that bring people together...

16. On the emotional, hard-fought victories...

17. And on the joyous celebrations.

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But in the end it doesn't matter, because it's worth it to watch...




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