Earlier today, Atlético Madrid won a preseason tournament in Germany called the Audi Cup, defeating Liverpool and pissing off manager Jurgen Klopp. (“Atletico wanted to win the cup. We did also, but we also wanted to play football. Atletico only wanted to win the cup,” Klopp said.) The La Liga season begins in less than… Continue reading How reddit users helped me get a Champions League ticket on my honeymoon
Back in early-November, I charted every piece of MLS and English Premier League apparel I saw over four days at three Disney amusement parks in Florida. It was a fun way to pass the time so I decided to expand my field research to New York City. Each week, I experience a representative sample of diverse… Continue reading I logged every piece of club apparel I saw in NYC over 30 days. On Day 31, I spotted Alecko Eskandarian
Club: FC Barcelona (not the one in Ecuador) Photo subjects: Barca Dad overcompensates for his own father’s detachment and ensures that this father-son outing upholds Park Slope parenting stereotypes. When this kid rebels, let’s hope it’s with weed and beer and not Real Madrid. Location: Park Slope, a scrubbed and comfy Brooklyn neighborhood where molly-fueled Bushwick freelance hipsters move when they… Continue reading SPOTTED: Father-Son Barca Day in Park Slope
Club: Barcelona Sporting Club, the most popular club in Ecuador. 14-time domestic champions (hence the 14 stars beneath the crest) based in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s biggest city. Crest thieves apparently founded before international copyright laws existed. League: Ecuadorian Serie A Photo Subject: Tired. And Brave. Really, really tired and brave. The idea of falling asleep on the subway… Continue reading Spotted: Barcelona Sporting Club on the 2 Train
Last week, I shared my research on soccer apparel trends at three Disney theme parks over four days. I spotted supporters representing 14 of the 20 English Premier League clubs (54 people total) and 7 out of 20 MLS clubs (22 people total). Manchester United, with 13, and Orlando City, with 7, topped each list. But neither came close… Continue reading What individual or company is most responsible for Barca’s surging popularity in the US? How about Marshalls.