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Football; Soccer or Basketball!? Which is the better Sport!?

  1. boberto profile image54
    bobertoposted 8 years ago

    Two of the largest Sports in the World today!!

    Which would you say is the better Sport!?

    Personally i could happily watch Football and never get bored, i think it is the best Sport in the World and involves a lot more Skill and technique than Basketball and other sports in the World today!!

    I used to think Michael Jordan was really impressive, but have recently changed my mind after watching some of the performances in the world today by David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne rooney & Steven Gerrard!!

    I just think Basketball can get a bit repetetive now and again and i get bored easily when watching and playing it!!

    Have your say; i know we all have different views and appreciate everyones thoughts smile

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      usmarine35976posted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I am suprised that no one has noted that of the three sports, football(American) is the only spoert listed that requires the most team effort.  No offense meant to any of the other fans, but I feel the other two can be won or lost by a single player. Take basketball and the Cleveland Cavaliers for example, Lebron James essentially carried the team top the playoffs. Soccer you have names like Renoldo(pardon the spelling of the names, I do not know many soccer players, Bekham, and etc... The same fundamental things are at work here as well.  If you have the one guy playing at his best, you have the game. If not, doom and gloom.  For football, all 11 players must play well to win.  There are so many things that have to be done on any given play/formation, if one guy is out of position, you can lose. It relies on all players not just the star.  I will cede the point that some teams are only aone man show, but those are few and far between in the winners circle.

      1. getpaidtopost profile image60
        getpaidtopostposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        You may be surprised but football English, can not be won with just one player, it can be lost by one player by means of a red card, (sending off). Football requires a full team effort, just like all team sports. Also who thinks Ronaldo was a good thing, He thinks he knows best and does not listen to the manager, for this reason i believe we lost the European cup to Ronaldos future club Barcelona because he did not play within the team as part of the team, I say great ball control does not make a team player, and I wish Barcelona the best of luck with their current investment of £80Million.

    2. DogSiDaed profile image61
      DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Well as a Brit, I don't know too much about American Footie, but it looks pretty fun, so I might try watching some on Sky next time I'm at a house with it xD

      Basketball is fun to play, as is football(soccer to you smile) But I prefer to watch a game of football(soccer) to basketball smile

      Just me though. Beauty of it is, we can all choose big_smile

      I'm also a cricket fan, just to throw another sport into the mixer smile

  2. funmoojo profile image70
    funmoojoposted 8 years ago

    Definitely Soccer!

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    jacobt2posted 8 years ago

    Basketball, it is so much quicker with more explosion and intensity. I don't think you can say soccer takes more skill than basketball either, but you also can't say basketball takes more skill than soccer

  4. Laughing Mom profile image58
    Laughing Momposted 8 years ago

    Basketball is easier to follow than football, although I enjoy watching them both equally.  If I'm watching one on tv, and a game is particularly close, my friends and family know to get themselves and any random furniture out of the way because it can get pretty intense.  Watching one live--nothing makes for a better night out!!

    Soccer, not so much.

  5. BristolBoy profile image79
    BristolBoyposted 8 years ago

    Definately football.  But then guess I am partly biased in that I come from England where football is the national sport and basketball defiantely won't even make it into the top 5 sports in terms of popularity.

  6. fierycj profile image80
    fierycjposted 8 years ago

    The round leather sport.

  7. Sufidreamer profile image78
    Sufidreamerposted 8 years ago

    Basketball and Football are both big in Greece, but I love football - a very subtle sport smile

    1. Laughing Mom profile image58
      Laughing Momposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      A very subtle sport, Sufi?  I've never heard it described as that.  smile

      1. Sufidreamer profile image78
        Sufidreamerposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry - I made the same mistake as Bristol Boy - it is late here! I meant soccer, in American, and it is a sport of grace and subtlety.

        Mind you, when I played, I was the big, ugly lump that specialised in kicking people big_smile

  8. belief713 profile image77
    belief713posted 8 years ago

    I would have to say Soccer, hands down. I think soccer definitely requires more skill than the other two. You use more of your body. Especially those that can juggle the ball - you can't do that with a football.

    1. BristolBoy profile image79
      BristolBoyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Many people can juggle a football.  I remember people juggling the ball at Wembley and Mill Stad in Cardiff.  Also I think of Paul Gascoigne, Ryan Giggs, Christiano Ronaldo and even David Beckham have juggled balls in matches.

      Also look at this video of an amazing bit of football juggling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUCP_e56yK8

      Edit: Just realised that you meant American Football when you said football.  Must remember that there are many Americans on Hubpages!

  9. RKHenry profile image79
    RKHenryposted 8 years ago

    Where the heck is boxing?lol

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      And rugby?

      1. BristolBoy profile image79
        BristolBoyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        And cricket.

      2. RKHenry profile image79
        RKHenryposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        ya.  Great game.  I love watching it.  I like watching cricket too.  But Rugby, good choice.

      3. Sufidreamer profile image78
        Sufidreamerposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Which one?

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          There is only one. The other one is like touch football.... American football. big_smile

      4. boberto profile image54
        bobertoposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Rugby isnt even in the same league as these great sports i would say to be honest Mark.

        1. BristolBoy profile image79
          BristolBoyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          But isn't American Football just rugby with padding because the players are too scared of getting hurt?

          (Ducks for cover).

          1. boberto profile image54
            bobertoposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            I couldnt agree with you more to be honest

            Football (not american) has to be the best game in the world.

            I can't stand to watch Cricket, American football or anything like that

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    Janettaposted 8 years ago

    Football football football!! big_smile

  11. dipless profile image86
    diplessposted 8 years ago

    For me football definately

  12. spiderpam profile image49
    spiderpamposted 8 years ago

    I'll go in order, for me Football, Soccer, Basketball.smile

  13. livewithrichard profile image84
    livewithrichardposted 8 years ago

    Football ---> Da Bears

  14. moposan profile image55
    moposanposted 8 years ago

    please don't call football - soccer

    1. BristolBoy profile image79
      BristolBoyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah that is a good point.  I read somewhere that the vast majority of the planet calls football (the original association football) football, or a local derivative. 

      This is shown by the map below for English speaking countries.

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/Soccer_football.png

      Also in many other languages the term fooball or a local equivalent is used, for example le football in Francophone countries, futbol in Spanish speaking ones, Fußball in German speaking countries, 足球 in China (足 = foot and 球 = ball)etc etc. 

      It is only countries such as America, Australia and Ireland where there is a dominant local sport that is called football that the term association football (often shortened to just soccer) is used.  However, even in these areas the meaning for the world football is slowly becoming to mean the sport using a round ball (largely due to immigrant populations and the fact that football is by far the most popular sport worldwide and in an increasingly globalised world new names are needed).

      1. Reena Daruwalla profile image62
        Reena Daruwallaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Besides that strange coconut shaped object is NOT a ball....

        1. BristolBoy profile image79
          BristolBoyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          That is a very good point!  And also I have always found it quite weird when rugby, American Football etc call their sports football when the ball spends much more times in the hands, but then maybe that is just me.

          1. Sufidreamer profile image78
            Sufidreamerposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            The Irish call soccer football too - they tend to call their version Gaelic Football, to distinguish it.

  15. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    Australian Rules Football is the greatest!

    1. Sufidreamer profile image78
      Sufidreamerposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I like ARF - Every couple of years, Australia play Ireland in a hybrid of ARF and Gaelic Football. There is a brawl every five minutes!

      Hurling - now there is a sport big_smile

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        I really enjoy the Galic footy too. It is like watching a bad Australian rules game though at times.

        1. earnestshub profile image88
          earnestshubposted 8 years ago in reply to this
        2. Sufidreamer profile image78
          Sufidreamerposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          Aussie Rules is much faster moving - Gaelic Football is much better to play than watch. Don't know if you have watched Hurling, but it is a great sport!

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM-kB1e96CA

          Must admit, I always fancied playing ARF - I love taking flying Marks smile

  16. Research Analyst profile image78
    Research Analystposted 8 years ago

    Soccer rules!!!

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I love soccer, but have you seen AFL football?

  17. raiderfan profile image53
    raiderfanposted 8 years ago

    American Football is the best. Soccer is lame.

    1. profile image56
      mickey13posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      soccer is amazing!

  18. C.Ferreira profile image68
    C.Ferreiraposted 8 years ago

    Futbol is the only pure sport left. None of this instant replay, challenge crap that we have to sit and deal with every single game.

    Soccer leaves it up to the objectivity of the referees. Sometimes they make mistakes but that is the beauty of the game. You can't count on getting calls to win a game. It all comes down to putting the ball in the back of the net.

    Talk about a graceful and perfectly crafted sport. Nothing can compare.

  19. maidouxixi profile image56
    maidouxixiposted 8 years ago

    I like basketball~I like NBA~~~

  20. Reena Daruwalla profile image62
    Reena Daruwallaposted 8 years ago

    Football, soccer or basketball? Damn Fool question! Its CRICKET CRICKET, CRICKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. WhiteDude Joe profile image60
    WhiteDude Joeposted 8 years ago

    All I know is the Lakers are about to be World Champs again!

  22. sschilke profile image73
    sschilkeposted 8 years ago

    Soccer or football, which ever you prefer to call it, is much more interesting in my view.  Basketball, at least the NBA version is simply a glorified 1v1 game.  Soccer combines an artistry of movement that basketball can not duplicate. 

    sschilke

  23. interestsandme profile image53
    interestsandmeposted 8 years ago

    I think soccer is funner to watch and basketball is funner to play.

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    annvansposted 8 years ago

    Soccer is great, I used to busta ball in soccer, lol.  I used to play with older kids when I was 7 or 8 and I was good.

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    krisdmdposted 8 years ago

    As european soccer. I think for the peope in the US baseball ?

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    excellasysposted 8 years ago

    I'm a US person and I'd have to say football/soccer. personally I find pro US basketball rather boring. I think I'd be in the minority here though.

  27. tksensei profile image61
    tksenseiposted 8 years ago

    It's hard to imagine a more boring sport than soccer.

    1. lrohner profile image85
      lrohnerposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      TK! Have you ever sat through a baseball game?  Holey moley, I'd rather have a root canal.

      1. tksensei profile image61
        tksenseiposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Taking in a baseball game is great. Everyone at a baseball game knows it has a unique, particular pace. It's a laid-back event for the most part. No illusions about it. You eat a hotdog, have some beers, shoot the shit and get excited just when something exciting happens. You think about the game and enjoy the experience. No one has to stab each other or burn down the stadium in an effort at creating excitement that's not there. Watching a bunch of guys jog back and forth for two hours, score maybe once if you're lucky, and exchange colored cards while pretending it's the most exciting thing you've ever seen is just ridiculous.

      2. dohn121 profile image87
        dohn121posted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Hey guys look: A dog fight!

  28. fortunerep profile image60
    fortunerepposted 8 years ago

    Basketball, for sure
    dori

  29. Beth100 profile image83
    Beth100posted 8 years ago

    No brainer -- basketball (other than the fact that it's a Canadian invention, is fast paced with quick turn arounds)!  Love to watch and play it.  Then soccer (yeah, the North American version) and football (the coned ball) least.  Can't understand why men like to pat each others' butts....  big_smile

    1. tksensei profile image61
      tksenseiposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Basketball was invented in Massachusetts.

  30. my-success-guru profile image59
    my-success-guruposted 8 years ago

    Well if you are looking for great barbarian action I would say football!

  31. dohn121 profile image87
    dohn121posted 8 years ago

    I'm with the Guru!  Heck, if really want violence, go and watch UFC.  There's a reason why some of those guys have those cauliflower ears and have less teeth than my baby nephew!  No, but football is the ULTIMATE team sport.  If just one guys misses an assignment, the entire PLAY won't work.

  32. GeneralHowitzer profile image60
    GeneralHowitzerposted 8 years ago

    Basketball hehehehe. I'm a NBA big fan and I love the game simply because its a very exciting game. I also love UFC hehehehe. smile

  33. getpaidtopost profile image60
    getpaidtopostposted 8 years ago

    100% Soccer, I'm a big Manchester United fan. As a kid I went to over 200 home games, now its so expensive I just watch on the TV.

    "Bring back the 80s" I miss the old dayz. smile

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    bobwardenposted 7 years ago

    American Football is the best game to play and to watch.I became fan of the game after viewing the 2008 superbowl Giants vs. Patriots its was a really good game and it came down the the wire. it makes the game even better because the ending was unexpected.

  35. Drew Breezzy profile image77
    Drew Breezzyposted 7 years ago

    football!!!!

  36. pbsbluejay profile image59
    pbsbluejayposted 7 years ago

    The answer to your question of course is arbitrary--based on ones specific taste in sports. Certain sports are more popular in certain Countries. Had you included a specific Country such as the US, then this could be narrowed down to football, basketball, baseball and hockey, then you can address which one is better or more popular. In another Country it could be soccer, rugby, etc.

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  37. profile image53
    mooreman999posted 7 years ago

    i personaly think basketball are both good but soccer has more excitment and requires skill to dribble the ball round other players but basketball also requirs skill to dribble the ball. i am a fan of both sports

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    Denno66posted 7 years ago

    Football. Absolutely Football.

  39. efeguy profile image59
    efeguyposted 7 years ago

    football,

    by June 2010 football will unite the world.Africa,Europe,America etc will come together.

  40. EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image92
    EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 7 years ago

    Whichever one you enjoy.

 
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