Originally posted by Seitse
I've been giving this question a thought lately.
The thing is that, as a football fan ("soccer" for all of you people from the U.S.), I love football. I truly do. I enjoy the game itself and follow the matches of teams from all over the world: Spain, England, Italy, France, Germany, South America etc.
However, my "favorite team" has always changed ever ...[text shortened]... an be accepted as "legit" by the hardcore, lifetime fans?
Thanks for your input.
(A) When you love a club as much as I do its a balance against the respect your club gets, what you win and how you perform against your rivals.
I'm 40 next year, so getting on .
As a Manchester United fan, all I want right now is to be recognized as the most sucessful side in English football history.
Liverpool have had this this recognition for over 30 years
so I want my team to overtake them in this respect more than anything.
It hurts when we don't win the league title because its another year we have to wait to reach our goals.
It also hurts when we are beaten by our bitter rivals like Liverpool because you have to work, live and and hang out with supporters of teams that hate your club even though in real life often these people are your best friends.
Its hard at times to follow a team when you are sucessful because every mistake your team makes is massively exerated by the press and rival supporters.
Its wonderful when you are sucessful, but it doesn't last because the new season only takes 10 weeks to start and things change quickly.
There are also many supports that follow teams passionately that ralrely win anything.
This can be very rewarding though because when you beat your bitter rivals the victory stays with you for weeks. Also you greatly appreciate great perfromances your team puts out for the fans.
I believe that you can pick a team and love it at any time (contraversal).
There are times when special players like Gazza, Gerrard, Henry, Rooney, Cantona and Shearer can join a team and you just want to watch the team to see what they can do. When these special players consistently perform to exceptional levels its easy to fall in love with a club.
Another legitimate way is to move to a new area and start watching live games locally, showing support like this irrespective if the team is sucessful or not makes you a legitimate fan, if people disagree its there problem.
(c) As long as you dont have a long history of supporting a different club passionately, you would be accepted by the hardcore "legit" fans irrespective if you went to the games or not.
You may be called a glory hunter if you started to suddenly support Chlsea or Manchester for example but over a few years this would pass.
In the 80's when Manchester United were a poor side I watched and supported Spurs almost as much as I did Manchester United.
I loved the way Spurs playerd the game, the flare players like Hoddle, Gazza, Anderson, Klinsman, Gough, Clemance, Ardelies, Clive Allen and Linekar.
I watched Spurs because they played the game the way I liked to see it played. If Spurs had managed to the find consistency to win the league in the 80's I would have been very happy but it never happened.
It didn't make me anyless a ManchesterUnited supported.
I would say that one of the hardest things when passionetely supporting a team is for your favourate players to not to get the recognition they deserve.
The 3 best midfield players over the last 12 years have been Roy Keane, Seven Gerrard and Patrick Viera, they never won and awards with european recogniton, this is a disgrace.
And as for Rooney, the stick the boy gets who turns 23 today is criminal.
Rooney has done far more at 22 than Ronaldinio did at 23, yet all he gets is overrated writeups from rival fans and the press, this is hard to deal with.
Hardcore fans will accept you because they want you to support the club they love.