soccer http://michiganradio.org en Detroit's minor league soccer team has a huge following, and they know a lot of chants http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-minor-league-soccer-team-has-huge-following-and-they-know-lot-chants <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The World Cup is over. And even if you weren't rooting for Germany or Argentina, the game was really something to watch.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(Germany won, for all the non-sports fans out there.)</span></p><p>In addition to the game itself, the fans are just as fun to watch.</p><p>They paint flags on their faces, and scream, and cry a lot.&nbsp;</p><p>Those fans exist outside of Brazil, too. There's an intense support section for the Detroit City Football Club. The minor league soccer team is called Le Rouge, and is in its third season.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before the game, a lot of fans and supporters go to a bar and rally the troops.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then the "Northern Guard" march to the stadium. There are smoke bombs, drums, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">gas masks</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, megaphones, and a lot of rouge and gold.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Throughout the entire game, there's chanting -- some of which could never air on public radio.</span></p><p>According to Alex Wright, one of the<a href="http://www.detcityfc.com/"> DCFC&nbsp;</a>co-owners, about 2/3 of the team play for their college team during the school year.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The home games at Cass Tech High School began selling out this season, and Friday's game sold out by record numbers.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Wright said that he and the other co-owners wanted to create the team because they're committed to the city. Wright doesn't believe that soccer is going to save Detroit, but it's just a reason to feel good about what's going on in the city.&nbsp;</p><p>DCFC's season is over now, but fans like "Big Vytau"&nbsp;plan to come back next year -- and probably for a few years after that.</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to the full interview above</em></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:30:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 18360 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's minor league soccer team has a huge following, and they know a lot of chants Michigan bars score with World Cup http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bars-score-world-cup <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Team USA lost to Germany today at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.fifa.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">the World Cup</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in Brazil. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Michigan sports bars are counting themselves as winners.</span></p><p></p><p>Since the global soccer tournament began, sports bars have been very busy.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Business at Peppinos in East Lansing usually slows in June as the college crowd thins. But not this year.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:21:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 18175 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan bars score with World Cup Michigan soccer fans celebrate USA victory over Ghana in the World Cup opening round http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-soccer-fans-celebrate-usa-victory-over-ghana-world-cup-opening-round <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Soccer fans packed World Cup watch parties across Michigan Monday evening.</span></p><p></p><p>In Flint, dozens of people packed a downtown sports bar to cheer Team USA to its 2-1 victory over Ghana.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The watch party doubled as a fundraiser to collect money to help rehab Flint’s 85-year-old Atwood Stadium.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“It’s encouraging,” says Tom Saxton, Michigan State University’s women’s soccer coach, “The game gets better and better every year in the United States, and we're excited to be a part of it.”</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 02:20:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 18029 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan soccer fans celebrate USA victory over Ghana in the World Cup opening round National traits do not explain soccer styles http://michiganradio.org/post/national-traits-do-not-explain-soccer-styles <p></p><p>Last Thursday afternoon, the 2014 World Cup began as Brazil and Croatia ran out onto the pitch in Brazil. And with that, fans of Association Football (aka “soccer” here in the USA) plunged into a month of the High Holy Days: World Cup action.</p><p>Many fans of “the beautiful game” get downright nationalistic as they cheer on<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;their favorite team, whether it be England, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast ... and of course, the U.S., which opens its World Cup bid this evening at 6 against Ghana.</span></p><p>With soccer, there's a lot of credence put into national identities and how teams play. But, if you think the<em> </em>playing style of your favorite team somehow reflects some deep cultural trait of that country, Stateside guest Andy Markovits says think again.</p><p>Markovits is a University of Michigan political scientist and lifelong soccer fan. He joined us today to talk about how generalizations of national characteristics can be superficial and dangerous.&nbsp;</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to the conversation above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:08:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 18017 at http://michiganradio.org National traits do not explain soccer styles Big-time soccer coming to The Big House http://michiganradio.org/post/big-time-soccer-coming-big-house <p>Two of the world's biggest soccer teams are officially coming to Ann Arbor. English champions Manchester United will play Spanish giants Real Madrid in the Big House on Aug. &nbsp;2. The match is part of an off-season tournament that follows the World Cup in Brazil.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:58:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17107 at http://michiganradio.org Big-time soccer coming to The Big House Detroit City Futbol Club brings European-style fandom to Motor City http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-futbol-club-brings-european-style-fandom-motor-city <p>We mentioned this morning that despite Detroit's troubles, there are plenty of things in the city to cheer about.</p><p>One of those things is the Detroit City Futbol&nbsp;Club.</p><p>The team just completed an undefeated regular season thanks to skilled players and an enthusiastic fan base who loudly cheer on the team they call "Le Rouge."</p><p>The fans are not "hooligans," those people are violent. But the "Northern Guard" (as they are known) do like to set off smoke bombs when the team scores.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:21:32 +0000 Mark Brush 13469 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit City Futbol Club brings European-style fandom to Motor City Jeep signs major deal with Italian soccer team http://michiganradio.org/post/jeep-signs-major-deal-italian-soccer-team <p>Jeep has signed a three-year, $45 million&nbsp;marketing deal with an Italian professional football club.&nbsp;</p><p>The agreement could help the brand make inroads in Europe, where SUVs are&nbsp;uncommon.</p><p>The Jeep logo will soon appear on the backs of the jerseys worn by the Italian soccer team Juventus.&nbsp; The team will also get Jeeps for club use.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon says it&rsquo;s an aggressive marketing ploy that will almost certainly boost Jeep&rsquo;s brand awareness in Europe.</p> Sun, 08 Apr 2012 21:50:37 +0000 Tracy Samilton 6954 at http://michiganradio.org Jeep signs major deal with Italian soccer team