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Jun 12, 2021 - 1:44pm

Vamos VCF!!!!!!

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jun 12, 2021 - 3:30pm

I'll let my colleagues know. Why Valencia though?

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Jun 12, 2021 - 4:04pm

Valencia is like the underdog of futbol in Spain andย the fans are die hard. There is a lot of team spirit in the city and people will yell at you from across the street in excitement if you're wearing a VCF jersey. I have a white jersey and an orange jersey and lived there for 6 months and would wear them around all the time. When VCF does well, the city goes off and it is an amazing time, especially if you're wearing a jersey that night. People will honk their horns around the city all night and it is just crazy. Also, there is a bat in their logo - how awesome/hardcore is that?ย 

The only lame thing about Valencia though is the way Spainards say the name with a 'th' on the c, which sounds really gay. Not that I have anything against homosexuals, but it definitely sounds super gay. I can use this accent when in Valencia, but immediately drop the 'th' when speaking spanish in North or South America.

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Jun 12, 2021 - 1:47pm

I've been to a Flamengo game in Brazil - had a great time. I have a Flamengo jersey in a box somewhere.

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jun 14, 2021 - 9:59am

How was that? A soccer game in Brazil must be an amazing experience.

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Jun 14, 2021 - 11:11am

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How was that? A soccer game in Brazil must be an amazing experience.

Yeah it was really a great time. Highly recommended.ย 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jun 12, 2021 - 1:49pm

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jun 13, 2021 - 8:30am

Yeah but most people here live in the US where no one calls it football. Most people in the US do not follow soccer. ย There is no big time professional soccer league here. The only time I watch is during the olympics or May be the World Cupย 

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Jun 12, 2021 - 3:31pm

Euros call American football handegg. Let's not go that way.

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Jun 12, 2021 - 5:34pm

Big Bayern fan here. Based in Miami, football is huge here (refuse to call it soccer, if you can't tell context clues if I'm talking about American or international football, you're an idiot) due to the

Latin American presence here. It's great with the copa america and euros going on. Loving it at the moment.

Jun 12, 2021 - 6:47pm

Yes.ย  Even us folks in middle America are informed.ย  MLS is catching on here.ย  ย I only watch the EPL and followย Leicester City.ย  Now CRICKET on the other hand, thats a whole different story.ย  Whole family cheer forย Windies and KKR.

Namaste.

D.O.U.G.

Jun 13, 2021 - 8:34am

MLS is catching on? Some form of it has been in existence for decades and interest is very low compared to other sports. ย There is pretty strong interest for kids playing soccer in the US but that is about it.

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Jun 13, 2021 - 8:42am

Most people know Messi and Ronaldo and not much else. However, there are definitely plenty of people who follow world football. Personally I have dozens of friends who grew up playing and we all follow the premier league, champions league, and international games. I watch 2-5 games a week depending on games/work schedule. I've also been to La Liga and Serie A games in person and have season tickets to my local 3rd-tier team. Soโ€ฆ yes. We are a small percentage, but there are definitely pockets of hardcore fans here in the US

Jun 14, 2021 - 2:49am

Are you talking about Football or Football?

"Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes." -U.S. Navy General Farragut
Jun 14, 2021 - 8:54am

I think I would love learning more about football, it's an issue of time. I already follow UFC religiously plus NHL, pro surfing, baseball, and NFL to a lesser extent. long games combined with having no clue of who I'd root for combined with low scoring and periods of no action have kept me away from it. I'm well aware that NHL has low scoring and so can baseball, but NHL is never without action and I played baseball my whole life so I'm biased there (plus I maybe watch 5 or 6 games a year start to finish, normally just popping in and out and watching highlights).

  • Intern in PE - Other
Jun 14, 2021 - 9:42am

Yeah I feel like we already have so many well-developed sports in the US that there isn't much room to follow soccer as well. Not everyone is the same, but just about everyone I know doesn't care for sports entirely or already has a handful ofย favorite CFB, NFL, NHL, NBA, or MLB teams. I personally can't imagine that I could follow more than CFB/NFL and NHL.ย 

Jun 14, 2021 - 10:03am

pro surfing

I don't live somewhere where the waves are good, but have always wanted to do this and follow it. Where would you recommend learning more about it? What are the big surf meets/competitions? All I know is WSL but the whole surfing setup seems a little intimidating.ย 

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Jun 14, 2021 - 10:49am

first things first, go swimming a lot. surfing is maybe 60% paddling, 35%, waiting for waves, and 5% actually riding waves. get into swimming shape and pronto. the best website for specific workouts I've found is www.surfingpaddling.com. if you can master the S stroke and get your endurance up, that's about all you need. if you don't have good technique at all, look up total immersion swimming. in terms of endurance, you should be able to go at a moderate pace for a half hour without stopping or cramping, and be able to swim 500-1000m in that time if you're a beginner, 1000-1500 if a little more advanced.

next, I seem to remember you're in Poland. the Baltic Sea does break and I realize that's a far ass drive from Warsaw or Krakow, but if you can get to some of the beaches on your North coast or Lithuania you should be able to find a rideable wave most of the year. on your vacations, favor locations with waves, there's waves all over Europe, from Netherlands and the Nordics to southwest France, Northern Spain, and all of Portugal (hell, even Barcelona breaks). if waves exist, there will be a surf school/surf rental place nearby so you will need next to no equipment (though I'd check and be sure they have wetsuits as just about everywhere in Europe is cold water surfing).ย 

next, to practice balance look into getting a standup paddleboard. if there are any rivers or lakes nearby and you have a car you can put a roof rack on, you can stand up paddleboard, I did a quick google search of "stand up paddleboard Poland" and found tons of results so I know there's a SUP community even in landlocked countries. if you're getting in some swim time plus getting balance training on the SUP (also skateboarding is good for balance), when you do get your beach vacation you'll be ready to go surfing no problem.

on learning about surfing, Surfline.com is the Wikipedia of surfing. everything from regional guides to live webcams to news to travel advice, it's all there. and for contests it's basically just the WSL. download the app and watch contests when you pretend to respond to emails.

happy to answer more Q's

Jun 15, 2021 - 1:56pm

I met Kelly Slater at the bar one night when he was competing in the Billabong Pro in South Africa at Jeffrey's Bay. He was jamming out on the guitar in front of everyone at the bar and I managed to get a photo with him.

My friend there decided to stay and hang out with Slater and his girlfriend at the time (Gisele Bundchen) and they all went to Slater's place for the after party and now I regret not going, but at the time didn't feel like being too clingy/groupie-ish, but in retrospect it probably would have been ok.

Good times overall in South Africa though. I surfed Jeffrey's Bay with a short board I bought there and then sold the board to a friend before leaving.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jun 14, 2021 - 11:00am

American football - yes

Football (soccer) - nope

I know about Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, and the Barcelona club, but that is it. I went to one MLS game when I was a teenager. The last soccer game I watched was a match in the Women's World Cup. I only went because my coworkers found a nice excuse for happy hour, but I couldn't care less about the game. I used to play in high school as a forward. It's definitely a sport I had fun playing and have tremendous respect for, but I just find it boring to watch.

It's getting more popular in the states but it is still so far behind all the other sports. The reason we get killed when it comes to the Men's World Cup is because Americans just don't care about the sport. Even when the women won, nobody really cared besides the media but the media only cared because of their political stances.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jun 14, 2021 - 11:25am

Are people in Europe informed about the basketball (non-European)? Do you know who is LeBron, Harden, Durant and what is Lakers, Nets, Clippers?

Do people in Europe know about basketball (non-European)? Do you know anything about players, teams, leagues etc?

Jun 14, 2021 - 11:27am

I, myself don't know much. But I know the famous teams and players. Also, people in Europe know more about American basketball than they know about European one. We only know European ones because their names are identical the football teams. (At least, I saw that)

Jun 14, 2021 - 12:10pm

Soccer is a major U.S. youth league sport. I think it has a very bright future in the U.S. However, just as a statement of fact, the following of professional soccer, including domestic and foreignย soccer, is relatively small. I am of the view that American football (i.e., the NFL) is inย a long-term, structural decline, primarily due to a long-term, structural drop in youth participation (due largely to parental concerns overย head injuries). As the NFL declines, U.S. soccer will benefit.ย 

As to the naming convention, I always find it funny how the British, in particular, get angry at the American use of the term "soccer" as it is short-hand for Association Football. The slang was invented by the British. Only in the last 40 years or so has the slang died out in the UK.

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Jun 14, 2021 - 2:40pm

NoEquityResearch

The average personย knows who Messi is and a few big teams like Real Madrid or Manchester United.ย  Beyond that, nothing really.

I saw Manchester U in Beijing versus Beijing Guoan F.C. - it was hilarious because half the stadium was full of red shirt wearing Man U fans who were obviously Chinese. I had on a Beijing jersey but also copped a high quality fake Man U Jersey at the game for super cheap.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jun 14, 2021 - 3:40pm

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NoEquityResearch

The average personย knows who Messi is and a few big teams like Real Madrid or Manchester United.ย  Beyond that, nothing really.

I saw Manchester U in Beijing versus Beijing Guoan F.C. - it was hilarious because half the stadium was full of red shirt wearing Man U fans who were obviously Chinese. I had on a Beijing jersey but also copped a high quality fake Man U Jersey at the game for super cheap.

Were there, like, were there any Chinese women there?

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jun 14, 2021 - 6:47pm

Related but slightly off-topic, it seems like basketball players love to watchย soccer (Steve Nash and other friends of mine that played d2/d3 basketball), and soccer players (Beckham, and a surprising amountย of kids on my club teams growing up think d2/small d1 talent players)ย prefer watching basketball over soccer. Anyone else seen the same or have a possible explanation?ย 

Jun 14, 2021 - 6:51pm

It is like people in WSO look at tech with admiration and vice versa. Or liberal arts major look with admiration to STEM majors and vice versa. (STEM majors may not look at liberal arts major with admiration but it depends)

I think it is because humans love to look beyond their traditional career, hobby, job etc. It adds more interest.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Jun 15, 2021 - 1:44am

People in America who watch soccer areย recentish (1st or 2nd gen)ย immigrants from countries where it's popular. If you meet a regular white dude who grew up in Ohio or whatever and he knows all about Liverpool and closely follows the team then he's probably a soyboy dork.

Playing it is more popular. It's a respectable youth sport.ย 

  • Senior Consultant in Consulting
Jun 15, 2021 - 4:12am

Even if many American's do not love football and despite having a league of their own, I think they should pay more attention to European/South American football. Everyone loves an underdog story, huge comeback or crazy fan base and many teams have that. Just watch games like Red Star vs. Partizan in Serbia or Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce in Turkey for some real hardcore sports passion.

  • VP in IB - Ind
Jun 15, 2021 - 10:19am

Americans don't have the attention span for soccer. Fuck waiting hours for someone to finally kick a ball into a tiny net when they can justย watch oafs slam into one another head first in the points scoringย processย 

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