what it is like to be a female football fan

i know a lot of people don’t like football. this goes for both women and men. i have lost almost all of my female followers on twitter, because of my football tweets. being into sports, and especially football makes people react in different ways. in this post, i will tell you about my experience.

the people who know me, know what i really love football. i can rarely have a conversation without mentioning my favourite football club, the magnificent stoke city. when i meet new people, both female and male, they tend to question my interest with a few different questions and sayings.

“so is stoke city your dads favourite team as well?”
no, stoke city isn’t my dads favourite team. he stopped watching football a long time ago. now he only follows stoke city’s results, so he can bully me if we loose.

“your boyfriend must be really into football then?”
i don’t even think my boyfriend knows the rules of football. he is certainly not a supporter of any kind of team.

“where is your boyfriend, love?”
i attend a lot of games alone, both home and away. i don’t mind going by myself, as i always have fun. except for when people sitting next to me etc. ask me where my boyfriend is. i came here by myself, and i am here to watch the game. don’t bother me!

“you know a lot about football. for a girl”
this is the most used phrase, and it annoys me. i don’t know everything about football, but i would say i know a fair amount. why can’t people just say: “you know a lot about football”? i also experience being underestimated and left out of the conversation, because “girls don’t understand the passion and the game”.

there are a lot of guides for men on the internet, on “how to get your girl interested in sports?” these are often written by women, and they explain that you’ll have to bribe a woman for her to watch sports and that a lot of women don’t even know the rules to sports. seeing articles like that makes me really angry, cause it supports the thought of women not being able to be interested in sports unless a man she is close to is.

my question is, why can’t female football fans, be just football fans?

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/fredrikke

about: wayne rooney

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well, you can say i have a weird relationship with football. my favourite team is definitely stoke city. but then there is also one of my favourite players, wayne rooney. it is a bit like swearing in church having him as one of my favourite players. i’ve been so lucky to see him once this year and then stoke city even beat them (!). i’ve been wanting a rooney action figure since it came out in 2005, but haven’t had the courage to buy one yet. the picture above is enough (for now). he is england’s youngest ever goalscorer and even wenger once thought that he was the biggest talent in england.

why i love wayne rooney:
– his goals.
– his long shots.
– his ability to play almost anywhere on the field.
– his beautiful face.
– his reputation for being a bad boy.
– his profile on spotify.
– that in 2005 he was voted the second most famous person in the world after god in a survey of 2,500 under-ten-year-olds.

rooney just has something about him, even though he is known for being angry, he is the most booked player on england, with two red cards. he would definitely have a place on my dream team (i would like to see him as a goalie, but i will choose him as a striker). and that goal against west ham on saturday, that was something that did help me like him even more. if that is even possible!

who is your favourite player?

/fredrikke

about: chess

i wouldn’t say i’m good at chess, or that i play it very often. i do have it on my phone and play when it when i have time. i follow the tournaments when i can, luckily i work with sports (chess is a sport!) so i tend to be up to date. i almost got a job as a chess instructor once, but that is different story. but, what i would like to focus on is why i like chess and why i follow it.

it started a few years ago, me and some friends played chess at chess.com. we played mostly for fun, but i realized chess is quite a big sport in quite a few countries, so i started to do a bit of research, i of course fell immediately for magnus carlsen. not because i think he is extremely handsome, but because i really envied his talent for chess. i also love his modesty is this interview when he eighteen: (he still has that modesty, which is really good)

but the main reason i wanted to write this post, is that i discovered this and i am TOO excited:

so some reasons why i follow chess:
– two games are never ever alike!
– as a chess player you develop over time and it is fun to see your ranking go up (or down).
– you can play short games or long games all dependent on how much time you have on your hands.
– learning more about weird chess players, like bobby fischer and aron nimzowitsch.
– i already gave you the best reason, magnus carlsen.

/fredrikke