At least it´s debattable... USA has more WC medals than Belgium for example.l.Harm said:But how on earth can the US be better at football (soccer) than Belgium?! Or did I misinterpret this sentence?
IIRC they were at the 1998 Worldcup. I had the Pannini sticker album (all but one!!) and I seem to remember they were in it. Then they hosted together with the Netherlands, that must have been 2000, no? After that I don't knowNetserk said:
That doesn't mean anything in comparison to the recent US qualification record for World Cups. The CONCACAF section is far easier to go through than the European one. Look at Mexico's qualifying record, it wouldn't be anything near as good as that if they were in the European pool.Netserk said:
The funny thing with League ATM is that when matches are played at the smaller suburban grounds (Leichardt, Brookvale, Kogarah, Woolongong, Bluetongue etc) the matches often sell out quickly. So the clubs are stuck with a max of 12-15k but a great family atmosphere or a huge half empty stadium but with slightly more people....pmcg76 said:That would be my impression as well. I attended games in all codes and the strangest experience was seeing a Rugby League club game in the Olympic stadium in Sydney, think it was the Bulldogs v Roosters whom are two of the biggest teams in Sydney yet the place was empty. I didn't understand why they played the game there when they must have known the place would be empty. The lack of atmosphere kind of took away from the actaul game. I saw Manly play on TV a few times and the place was always packed and it looked amazing. Surely its better to play at a smaller venue and get a good buzz rather than play in an big empty stadium.
I did enjoy the AFL and followed the Swans, seen them play in the SCG and the Olympic Stadium, SCG was better as like the Rugby Leage, the Olympic stadium is hard to fill but nowhere near as bad as the Rugby.
Belgium used to be utter **** for at least a decade. Right now I rate them well above US though.Netserk said:
I think the teams get a percentage of the receipts for playing there. The Olympic Stadium is a bit out the way so they probably need to add an incentive to get events there.pmcg76 said:That would be my impression as well. I attended games in all codes and the strangest experience was seeing a Rugby League club game in the Olympic stadium in Sydney, think it was the Bulldogs v Roosters whom are two of the biggest teams in Sydney yet the place was empty. I didn't understand why they played the game there when they must have known the place would be empty.
I think they get a standard flat amount for playing there too. Essentially, playing at the Olympic Stadium in front of 5k people = more profit than playing in front of 15k at a local stadium. The Olympic Stadium has a great atmosphere when full, terrible when mostly empty.Don't be late Pedro said:I think the teams get a percentage of the receipts for playing there. The Olympic Stadium is a bit out the way so they probably need to add an incentive to get events there.
Lol. Same here /slovakia/.plooton said:Czech
1. hockey, closely followed by (2.) football
after that comes only crumbs (tennis, athletics, cross country skiing or biathlon, maybe shooting).
I would disagree with this quite a bit. That said, the US is a big country and it varies by location.Alpe d'Huez said:In the United States it really goes like this:
1. NFL Football
2. MLB Baseball
3. NCAA Football
4. Auto racing (mostly NASCAR)
5. NBA (They like to imply they are right behind NFL and MLB, and the media tries to hype the NBA, but it's not even close.)
6. NCAA Basketball
A little surprised F1 is that popular worldwide. I like it and think there's more to it than Indy and certainly NASCAR, but I didn't realize it was that big.
I thought handball would be more popular in Romania :/PirazziAttacksVino said:In Romania:
1.Football (which nowadays lives only through memories and the Steaua-Dinamo rivalry, but it's still by far the most popular)
(huge gap-other sports get only about 2 pages in every sports newspaper)
2.Tennis (memories+the ascension of Simona Halep)
5.Boxing, Rugby, Athletics, Water polo
6.Oina (our national sport, but hardly ever practiced)
7.Others sports we are good at: Kickboxing, Fencing, Canoe/Kayak, Swimming, Judo, Rowing, Weightlifting
Cycling was never a sport people were interested in, but now that we have Edy Grosu it can get popular.
Nice tryZam_Olyas said:1. Calcio
3. and the rest like aquatics,volleyball etc
I was talking up thread about Shinty with Ferryman. The Scottish lads used to play our guys in the hurling combining the both games. It was quite entertaining, a good watch.Siriuscat said:Scotland...
Feckin Football... misery for an Ice Hockey player
Cricket (yes unbelievably)/Rugby Union
everything else including cycling is in small minorities.
Shinty is big in the North west and the Islands but I have no clue of the number of players, if it's more than 5000 i'd be gobsmacked.
Without Shinty we'd have no ice hockey in 1800, Scottish immigrants in Nova Scotia are reputed to have played Shinty on ice at Windsor. In Canada, informal hockey games are still called shinny.
Wish I lived in Canada.....
PS.... I hate football