I ran this piece exactly two years ago today. It was right when Manchester United came to Chicago, IL as the most popular F.C. in the world beat my hometown Chicago Fire in aninternational friendly. It was EPL vs MLS. English Premier League vs. Major League Soccer.
If you didn’t understand a couple of those words and phrases; don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. I’m here to translate English to English, British to American for you. As we’re currently scouting writers to become the site’s new Manchester United writer, some of these posts will be written in British English, and I’m here to clarify it for our Midwestern United States base.
Manchester United is the most popular football club in the world, with the highest average home attendance in Europe. Not just the EPL, but all of soccer. Maybe all of sports. The club’s worldwide fan base includes more than 200 officially recognised branches of the Manchester United Supporters Club (MUSC), in at least 24 countries.The club takes advantage of this support through its worldwide summer tours (like in 2011: Seattle, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C.). Accountancy firm and sports industry consultants Deloitte estimate that Manchester United has 75 million fans worldwide,while other estimates put this figure closer to 333 million.
Supporters are represented by two independent bodies; the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association (IMUSA), which maintains close links to the club through the MUFC Fans Forum, and the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST). After the Glazer family’s takeover in 2005, a group of fans formed a splinter club, F.C. United of Manchester.
In other words, they’re England’s Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees combined. They’re the only team that is publicly traded on the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange)
So starting off with the obvious, the rest of the world calls our soccer “football,” and our football “american football.” You’ve heard that before obviously. And some of the terms here below apply to American soccer and EPL as well. Like “friendly” which is an exhibition game.
MLS American “fans”= EPL British “supporters”
Players signed=players bought (if you know much about American history, and how we fought a civil war over slavery, you understand why we shy away from ever referring to any individual as “bought.”)
and player trades are called “transfers”
Be sure not to confuse Sir Alex Ferguson and Alex Morgan, two very different people.
Or as Jon Stewart said, when describing the British version of The Daily Show:
over there it’s called “what’s all this then?”
Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)Powered by Sidelines Follow paulmbanks