It’s been a whole week since you, like millions of soccer fans, had to deal with the shock news that your favorite soccer club was about to tear itself away to form a lucrative new European Super League.
For the supporters of the 12 budding “Founder” clubs, this has undoubtedly been a source of great soul searching for you – yes, you, a supporter who has spent a significant part of your life following this club through thick and thin.
– Marcotti: Super League Chaos Explained
– Darke: What now for the “selfish six” of the Premier League?
The entire Super League project may have imploded within 48 hours of going public, but the fallout will hang over the upper levels of the game like a bad miasm for a long time. Real supporters are unlikely to ever forget or completely forgive the attempted power grab. Fans of the clubs involved made their voices heard on social media and through public protests. Last. Manchester United fans broke into the club’s Carrington training base Thursday morning.
The anger and frustration (if not stepping in) is perfectly understandable for anyone who loves the game, but angry fans of the main culprit shouldn’t lose hope. Even if your (once) beloved soccer club doesn’t seem to care about the hardship it causes you, there is a way forward.
We all face difficult and uncertain times. For the fans suddenly let down by the 12 Super League founding clubs in question – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in England, Spanish teams Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and the Italian trio AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus – desperate times call for desperate measures.
Even if you are feeling exhausted and your relationship with the game has taken a significant blow, remember that the embers are still smoldering and that your love for football is likely to burn forever. Maybe it’s time to do the unthinkable and start over, somewhere new? Fortunately, you still have options.
Craig Burley credits football fans around the world with their role in pressuring clubs to withdraw from the Super League.
Switch to your secret second team
This option is the simplest: just formally shift your football loyalties to the secret second team you’ve always admired but never publicly admitted.
You know the one – you still want your own club to beat them if they play against each other, but outside of those meetings you are happy to see they do well. Maybe you admire the togetherness of their fans, the style of football they play, the way they bring out young players, or you just like their general vibe.
This could be the perfect time to untie your ties and nail your colors to another pole. Normally, of course, such behavior would be unthinkable, but do not forget that these are extraordinary times. Nobody would blame you under the circumstances.
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Check out your next “big” club
Given the global nature of modern elite football, the hugely popular Super League clubs have cultivated fans well beyond the confines of their immediate vicinity. Many supporters are not fortunate enough to live in close proximity to their favorite team and can therefore only offer their support remotely.
In this case, a trip to see your local “big” site live can be the antidote. They may not have the star power of a Manchester City or an AC Milan, but they still make for a decent spectacle on the field while also being an important focal point for the local community.
For example, if you’re an avid Manchester United fan from southern China, this might be the perfect time to support your next big team – reigning CSL champions Guangzhou FC. Barcelona supporters based in Doha, Qatar could throw their full support behind Al Sadd, who is of course led by Barca legend Xavi Hernandez. Liverpool fans who live in Kolkata may be interested that Reds icon Robbie Fowler is currently in charge of SC Super Bengal in the Indian Super League.
You can still enjoy top-notch games, continental competitions, and some big names, but now you can watch them in person (if the restrictions imposed by pandemics allow, of course).
Support your local non-league club
Football exists outside of the top six.
Choose a team that wants you.
– Dulwich Hamlet FC (@DulwichHamletFC) April 19, 2021
Anyone who has watched a game outside of the league will almost certainly advocate the myriad joys of the experience. Whether it’s cheap tickets and equally reasonable beer and food prices, or having a vantage point close to the field of play from anywhere, a matchday outside of the league has something that makes for a simpler, purer time in football history . You can see where your money is going when new fences are put up or the clubhouse gets a coat of paint, and all the while you feel part of a close community.
Based in London Dulwich Hamlet are a good exampleThe National League South Club is thrilled to welcome fans of major neighboring Premier League and Football League clubs to their 500-seater Champion Hill grounds.
“Dulwich has become a place for displaced people, especially in the last 10 years,” Tom Cullen, the club’s media and communications director, told ESPN. “We have welcomed fans from clubs around the world looking for an experience that is more visceral and authentic.”
A native of West Ham, Cullen knows what it feels like to leave the glitz and glamor of the upper echelons of football to step out of the leagues in search of authenticity: “We have Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Charlton fans stood side by side on the terraces every week. Everyone gets along because we’re here for the hamlet! “
Game day at Hamlet is a more informal affair than Premier League fans are used to, with a far more relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
“There’s not a lot of tension between home and away fans. In fact, we usually swap ends at halftime depending on how full the floor is,” added Cullen. “Alcohol can be bought and drunk on the sidelines and the atmosphere feels like a party most of the time.
“It’s a real mix of people, families, dogs, groups of friends young and old who have found that we are the glue that holds our local community together. They will make lifelong friends and have a drink with the players in the bar afterwards. It really is a no-brainer. “
For Manchester United and City fans looking for alternative match days, there are a number of semi-professional and non-league clubs in the Greater Manchester area including Stockport County, Droylsden FC, Hyde United and Curzon Ashton. Stalybridge Celtic is all just a few miles from Etihad and / or Old Trafford. Even closer to United is West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC of North West Counties League Division One South, whose grounds on Brookburn Road are just over a mile from Old Trafford.
Liverpool and the surrounding area are also well filled with non-league clubs like Southport FC, Marine AFC and Prescot Cables, all of which play between steps six and eight in the English football pyramid. Down in London, disappointed Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham supporters at Barnet, Dulwich Hamlet, Haringey Borough, Hayes & Yeading United or Corinthian casuals could seek a freshen up outside of the league.
Barcelona and rival Espanyol dominate a large part of the fan base. The Catalan city has a number of district clubs such as UE Sant Andreu, CF Montanesa and Club Esportiu Jupiter. Madrid’s football scene may be dominated by Real and Atletico, but there are also a number of smaller clubs, with RCD Carabanchel arguably the best known as it is the third oldest club in the Spanish capital (after the “big two” mentioned above). ). Milan is famous for its fierce derby clashes between the Nerazzurri and the RossoneriBut the regional amateur club Brera Calcio is also at home in the Italian city.
Set up your own club
FC United is a club that has made it its mission to provide those who are fed up with modern football constantly striving for more riches at the expense of those who fund the game – the fans – the authentic football owned by To offer fans#FCUM
– FC United of Manchester (@FCUnitedMcr) April 19, 2021
Should you feel disappointed in the team you have always supported, an extreme course of action could be to start your own football club. There are many good precedents, including United of Manchester FC and Wimbledon AFC, two of the most famous and successful examples in England of late.
In a situation reminiscent of the current climate, FC United was founded in 2005 by disenfranchised Manchester United fans against the takeover of the American billionaire Malcolm Glazer. FC United began life in the 10th division of the English football pyramid and played their home games on Gigg Lane. In 2015 they opened their own Broadhurst Park stadium with a friendly against the Portuguese giant Benfica and are only three divisions below the professional ranks of the EFL.
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– Dons local action group (@DonsLocalAction) April 20, 2021
AFC Wimbledon was launched in 2002 by former supporters of Wimbledon FC after the FA approved the controversial move of the original club from southwest London to Milton Keynes, a city 60 miles away on the other side of the capital, and renamed it MK Dons (“The Dons” is Wimbledon’s traditional club nickname.
AFC started life in the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League (i.e. the ninth division of English football) but is now in the first division (the third division) alongside MK Dons thanks to a great series of promotions.
That’s the beauty of football as an open competition. In theory, anyone could start a club tomorrow and get stronger and stronger based on their merits Really stay connected with the community you are an important part of.
Answer the call from abroad
Dear AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético, Chelsea, Barcelona, Internazionale, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham fans,
If you need a new club to support, we are always there for you.
With best regards,
FC Spartak Moscow.
– FC Spartak Moscow (@fcsm_eng) April 18, 2021
As soon as the Super League bomb fell, several clubs called for new vagabond fans of the so-called “dirty dozen” to join their flock instead.
Spartak Moscow was among the first to do soand invites desperate fans of the Super League splinters to seek refuge in the Russian Premier League.
“If you need a new club to support, we’re always here to help,” Spartak wrote in a cheeky message posted on social media.
Randomly pick a team
If all else fails, why not leave it to chance? Flip a coin. Take a card. Close your eyes and insert a pin into a card. Pull names out of a hat. Consult the spirit realm with a football-based ouija board. Use a random selection app. Spin the wheel of fortune. Scissors stone paper.
Let’s face it, choosing a club to support is always a godsend anyway – be it inherited family membership or an old-fashioned zip code lottery. We all choose and most of the time we don’t question the process too deeply.
Take your hands off the wheel and let Lady Luck drive you to the next stadium.