American Football vs. European Soccer – A few things you need to know!

It’s Super Bowl weekend west of the Atlantic! On February 5th Indianapolis, and of course the whole world, will see “a super rematch”.

“Four years ago in Glendale, Arizona, the New York Giants shocked the New England Patriots in what many rank as the greatest Super Bowl of all time. Come Sunday, they’ll be at it again.” [source]

XLVI is the Roman number to look at. Meaning 2012 hosts the 46th final of the well-known American Football league NFL. It’s a global phenomenon, with also German television showing the event. It’s nighttime over here on the east side. But some people avoid their beds. In 2010 German channel ARD took over the broadcast an got 590.000 vievers in return. Remember: All in all we have around 80 million people living here. In the United States CBS had an audience of 90 million… But We have the German Bundesliga. It’s the national soccer league, also broadcast around the world, and with a history of 49 years.

“At the top of Germany’s football league system, it is the country’s primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga.” [source]

That’s the facts. So let’s check some similarities and differences. A guide to knowledge below (and feel free to repost and tell us where…).

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3 thoughts on “American Football vs. European Soccer – A few things you need to know!

  1. The American Football League started in 1960 as a rival to the older and more established National Football League. The bulk of the ownership of the AFL was made up of investors who had desired purchasing an NFL team, but for various reasons were not able to.


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