First thought: does anyone out there share my frustration at not being able to watch many games from start to finish, live? And by live I don’t mean in the stadium, but on television at the time they’re played, not later. This isn’t because there’s no reasonable cable or satellite TV where I live, or because of the time difference.
Hi there. My name's Mark and I live in Caracas, Venezuela. I'm starting this blog to share a few thoughts about the Premier League. I'm a big PL fan but don't get much chance to talk about it because most Venezuelans prefer baseball! So I'll use the blog instead and hope that you'll share your thoughts too. Don't worry if your English isn't perfect -- this isn't a grammar lesson!
Football is now a huge global industry, with the Premier League, La Liga, the Champions League and many more competitions shown on television every week. With satellite TV it’s now possible to watch nearly every game from the comfort of your own home, with all the action replays and live commentary from expert pundits and players. All this has helped the game become more popular than ever and allowed fans to watch their favourite teams wherever they live in the world.
Like many people I’ve watched football at many different times and in many different places. Given a choice I love nothing more than being in the pub on a Sunday with my friends, drinking some beers and watching a game or two. When travelling I’ve watched many games alone, or with friends in cafes, bars, restaurants and a range of houses of welcoming hosts in Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. I’ve also been to a range of live games in many different countries. The great thing about football is how it unites people - it really is a global language.
I’ve been very lucky to be a Manchester United fan, especially over the last 20 years. We have been one of the most successful clubs of all-time, winning Premier League title after title and a whole host of domestic and European cups. We have become very accustomed to winning, and an unsuccessful season for us is coming second in the league or losing in a cup final. I don’t have to watch my team lose game after game, and still give my support and try to be positive every Saturday afternoon - but I have a lot of friends who do.
I always love this time of year. The weather starts to get better, the winter is over and the football season reaches it’s climax. Most football fans are more excited at the “business end” of the season, and as I am a lifelong Manchester United supporter I can always guarantee that we will be challenging for something as May approaches.