Le Football

The theme of the week is shaping up to be “best of both worlds.” A couple weeks ago I attended my first football (that would be soccer to you Americans) game. The match was USA vs. France, and despite what many may guess, I was still rooting for my home country. The US isn’t known for their football time, the same way France is, so our French friends joked, “if the final score is 0-0 we’ll consider it a win for the US.” USA held their own, and France missed a lot of shots, but ultimately France took home the win, at 1-0. And when we were sandwiched in the crowds to get on the RER B back to Paris, my fellow Americans were kind of relieved that we didn’t have to deal with bitter Frenchmen.
The walk up to the giant saucer, le Stade de France.
Spotting some cultural differences: Vikings and beret toting Frenchmen in line and beer “sans alcohol.”
Yes, seriously! The only beer served at French the stadium is non-alcoholic. All Americans do at football games (particularly “Football Americain”) is drink beer!
Like everywhere in the world, fans love their team. They also love doing the wave.


  • You really chose the wrong game – it was a terrible match!

    I don’t know any ‘expats’ who switch their allegiance to the French team either. French supporters are notoriously bad. They criticise sport and the ‘intelligence’ of supporters constantly, but as soon as the team reaches a final, everybody gets the flags and face paint out. Glory hunters we call them!

  • May 7, 2013 at 1:48 am // Reply

    Various forms of football can be identified in history, often as popular peasant games. Contemporary codes of football can be traced back to the codification of these games at English public schools in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.^.

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