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Why do people like football?
I have been bought up in a household where football was banned and as a result I have always hated it. The people who I have spoken to who love it seem to have been bought up in a city where there is a local team and went to matches regularly as a child.

Is it purely down to up bringing why some people love it and some people dont? Is it really that stimulating to watch men chase a ball round a field for an hour an a half? What on earth does it achieve?
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vultan answers:

I find football quite enjoyable to watch, but I do find that if you don't have a stake in either of the teams playing then it's impossible to really get into it. Although my dad loves watching sports on telly, he was never a huge football fan - he'd watch Match of the Day, but didn't really follow one team (he's more a cricket man). So I think that's why I've grown up not really caring about it. I can sometimes summon up a bit of enthusiasm when England play, but it's fairly artifical.

I think for the people who are really enthusiastic it's probably a (mostly) harmless outlet for whatever residual tribal instinct evolution hasn't cleared away yet - which sadly sometimes spills over into hooliganism or racist abuse from the terraces. Plus, it's brilliantly marketed, certainly in the UK. I think you're supposed to think of yourself as a bit weird if you don't like it, and if there's one thing people seem terrified of in this country at the moment, it's seeming a bit weird.

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rasputin1309 answers:

Because it is simple - a brainless oaf can understand it - there is little difficulty in watching a game and understanding immediately what is happening - this is not the case with sports such as rugby, cricket etc.

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seacommander answers:

Football is a game that I have never really got into I'm afraid to say - in fact very few sports interest me at all. From my point of view it's all down to schooldays where football and cricket were rammed down one's throat; I guess there was a greater or lesser degree of rebellion involved. Also I've never been a fan of standing outside in a pair of shorts getting frozen!!
I would agree that upbringing has a lot to do with later enthusiasm for the game plus having a local team to support. I think some of my school mates also saw football as a preferable alternative to academic lessons.
Very few quotes from my schooldays stick in my mind, but one that does - and from an equally disinterested 'fan' of football - goes along the lines '..I can't see the point in kicking a bag full of wind around a field trying to get it through a pile of sticks!!'

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high1971 answers:

my wife and daughter both say the reason they watch football or any kind of sport is for the hot men
personally i do not like football but can understand why people go week after week to watch it
from what i can see it is a good way to let off steam and shout and get rid of pent up emmotions

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tracieboo answers:

I went to my first footie match at the age of 16, i loved it, i was freezing cold, had a horrible cup of bovril at half time and got a football kicked into my face!! but i really really had a fantastic time! I was hooked from that day on, i really can't put my finger on why, i just love it....and i understand the off side rule!!!!

Both my daughters have been mascots and they enjoy going to football aswell, but that stems from them going since they were born, and i mean that, they both got taken to matches as soon as they were born!

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moonzero2 answers:

I have to agree with seacommander, at least as far as not being that much into sports.
The pleasure in watching 22 largely overpaid prima donnas kick a ball around is completely beyond me.
Part of my loathing of the game though is probably rooted in being forced to play the blessed game at school games lessons.

I didnt like golf either untill I actually played the game, now I can watch it on TV and comiserate when things go pear shaped for the players.

I suppose its all down to having a handicap, I don't mean 19 or anything like that; I'm just useless at it and play for fun.

Not played any in a while though.

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Sapphire10 answers:

I was bought up the same way as you no footie in the house and I hate it with a passion,I can not understand for the life of me why anybody woud want to sit there for 90mins and more to watch all them idiots running around the pitch gobbing and getting paid far far to much money for thinking they are something special.
On the other hand my husband was bought up with it and he still watches(I am religated to going upstairs at that point)My stepdaughter also watches it with him(because dad does)
I think you might have a poit when you say it is to do with your upbrining.

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Maygs answers:

In my sociological days, football is often seen as having similarities to religion; both have leaders that everyone worships (Beckham, Rooney, God, Allah etc), both have places of worship (Mosque, Church, Upton Park, Whiteheart Lane, etc), both have people who are willing to die for their beliefs, both have people so firmly rooted in those beliefs they would happily turn to violence, costumes, Sunday services, codes of conduct... the list is quite uncanny, but you get my point!

People really get into it with their heart and soul. I was taken to a few games myself when I was younger and I have to say the atmosphere at a good football game is electric!

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BobBibleman answers:

I think its one of the few games which you can watch and understand a lot about it, and see how play develops. There are no engines or external factors,theres constant movement and play, and a whole team to get into;factors that mark it out from most other sports.
I appreciate other people my hate it or not 'get it' or think its boring, but if you follow a team for decades, the highs the lows (a real soap opera!) then they score a fabulous goal or win a trophy then you feel alive and at one with other people across the world.
I feel this way and can't think of much else that achieves this for me.

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