Originally Posted by odoreater
I guess the bottom line is that it's different strokes for different folks.
Honestly, I think this is just what it comes down to. I like sports, I can appreciate the athleticism that's required of a professional football (soccer) player, I *do* appreciate that obviously there's *some* modicum of strategy going on... but it's just not enough for me.
Let me give you an analogy. I was talking to my sister about the varying appeals of basketball and American football. American football, we decided (since we're both musicians, raised in a pretty musical household) is closer to a symphony--every part is scripted, everything is written in advance, and while there's room for a little improvisation, depending on the score, it's within pretty strictly drawn lines. On the other hand, basketball is like jazz; it's fast, it's improvisational, you have a basic blueprint and occasional moments that are written in advance, but it rewards cleverness and spur-of-the-moment thinking. Individual performances are more highly valued and have more impact.
To *me*--and I'm not saying this is some universal truth or whatever, I'm just saying that, as an American, raised watching American sports, etc--soccer feels like watching a jazz combo where the instruments are constantly going out of tune, and where the bass player suddenly decides that this key just isn't working for him, and switches on a whim. I honestly think that if there was a way to get more ball control involved in soccer, so that passes weren't picked off literally scores of times per game, it would feel much less frustrating to me. I appreciate that there's flow, that there's improvisation, the importance of spacing, etc etc. But all of that falls by the wayside when even the simplest pass has what seems to this casual observer to be an almost 50% chance of getting picked off.
I'm not begrudging anyone their love of the sport--clearly the world has spoken and I'm in the vastly-outnumbered minority--I'm just trying to explain where I'm coming from on this one.