AMERICAN FOOTBALL VS. EUROPEAN FOOTBALL (We Went to the Biggest Rivalry Games) -

AMERICAN FOOTBALL VS. EUROPEAN FOOTBALL (We Went to the Biggest Rivalry Games)

Kara and Nate
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We flew to Spain to answer this question: American Football vs. European “Soccer” – which is better?! We found out by going to the biggest rivalry game on both continents: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona ⚽️ & Tennessee Vols vs. Florida Gators 🏈 The two experiences were WAY different than we expected! Which sport do you prefer?! Special thanks to Rocket Learn for sponsoring this episode! Check out the latest episode of Home Lore here: 

We grew up watching American Football and have always wanted to go to a “soccer” game (calling it soccer to prevent confusion ;)).

The Tennessee Vols and Florida Gators have been rival teams for awhile now, and Tennessee is actually good this year, so we thought that’d be a great game to go watch in real life.

Then we learned that Real Madrid and Barcelona were going to be playing each other (AKA El Clasico!) WHILE we were in Spain!

We had the best time sharing game day at our alma mater, AND getting to experience our very first “soccer” game with our new friend Yoanna!

At the end of the day, even though these 2 sports are very different from each other, our favorite part was seeing people (and complete strangers) from all over the world at both events bonding, putting their differences aside, and having a great time together 🙂

Did any of our comparisons surprise you? Comment below annd let us know which experience youd prefer 🙂

Episode 850 | Filmed October 2022 | Knoxville, TN | Madrid, Spain

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00:00 Sports unite people❤️
00:50 Football vs. Soccer 🏈⚽️
04:22 UT vs FL game begins🎉
08:18 Flying to Spain✈️
10:27 Do Europeans “tailgate”?!🍻
11:37 New show recommendation!
12:37 Pre-game street fires🔥😳
15:44 Real Madrid vs. Barcelona game⚽️
23:54 Our final thoughts: Football or Soccer?
25:12 BLOOPS


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Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, we got married 2013 and were super “normal.” I was a teacher and Nate started a small printing business from the spare bedroom of our apartment. We discovered the world of “travel hacking” & became obsessed. So after 2 years of obsessively saving $35k and over 2 million miles and points, we sold our cars and apartment and left home January 10, 2016 for a “one year” trip around the world. Our goal was to see as many places as possible before we ran out of money and went home to “normal life.” We started this travel vlog to share our experiences with friends and family, but quickly fell in love with this lifestyle and did everything we could to keep going. 4 years later, we achieved our new goal of visiting 100 countries and all 7 continents. We had no plans to slow down, until 2020 forced us to 😉 Which is when we bought a converted van to start exploring our own country for the first time. Van life was a major adjustment and so different than flying every week like we were used to, but we are incredibly thankful to be able to continue doing something we love every day. 😊🎥🌎
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  1. Football, futbol, soccer, they're just labels. In the end that doesn't change the reality that it's just not as popular in the states. Through my entire adult life I've heard that the sport will take over as the dominant sport here. Well, it's been over 40 years and it hasn't happened. Not even close. It's part of the culture in the of the world that just isn't true here. I do think it's cool how it kind of draws people together and I loved this video, despite caring about neither sport.

  2. This is a crazy comment….. I was always under the impression that Kara was a former cheerleader, I was and I don’t quite understand not loving the excitement of “American Football “🫤

  3. Aaron Rodgers is not the best quarterback

  4. El Clasico is one of the biggest but not the most thrilling. Mainly because its such a huge event. And when a game becomes an event, the game is lost. Tourists get tickets, the locals dont. A game should be a game, for the locals, for the love for football and their city.

  5. It must suck to be a Tennessee volunteer fan

  6. European soccer nah its Football we have football u guys have AMERICAN football

  7. “TN tailgating is a religion” I love that! We are vols that just moved to San Francisco. (Cmon Kara do Alcatraz again and thie TN girl will meet you)❤❤❤

  8. It’s football and American football ( Handboll) 😂 not soccer to the rest of the world. Pretty ignorant comment from the Tennessee fan, that we don’t have any other sports over here. If you want to play a sport with your hands maybe you should try Rugby 🏉 Now that is a sport.
    Soccer 😂😂😂
    Love your videos Kara and Nate and thanks for educating your fellow countrymen.

  9. I love your guy’s channel I recommend this place in chandler Arizona it’s called wild horse pass it is beautiful has a spa lot’s of golf courses pools hot tubs and is just beautiful

  10. I’m thrilled that Kara and Nate got into the futball game. The world plays futball and this game is the most exciting. I had the pleasure of attending in Barcelona in the 90s with my cousins who live there. It was the most dramatic, exciting, and loud sporting event I’ve ever seen. The crowds before and especially after the game were incredibly huge. I loved it! Kara and Nate, I’m so glad you did this.

  11. And they use their feet much more than American football.

  12. These two mofos just casually going to EL CLASICO 🤯. So awesome to see their perspective because myself as a die hard European football fan, we don’t see the outsides perspective

  13. Tennessee’s biggest rival is Alabama also I went to the Tennessee Minnesota game there

  14. I from the UK so "Football" is my sport! What Americans don't realise about European football is it's literally a religion for some people! You can go to some places in Europe and it's basically a riot! You don't even feel safe!

  15. Call it USA football vs rest of football America is not just USA.

  16. The prom picture at opryland is so classic lollll

  17. Hey Nate, the "booing" at the soccer game wasn't with their high pitched voices. They were whistling, not yelling.

  18. PLEASE GO SEE A RUGBY MATCH!!!! it blows soccer and American football out of the water!!

  19. European Football is so much better in my prospective

  20. Love you guys but holy cow that was the most cringey, ignoramus American video I've seen in a long time. Please stick to the travel videos. This one was a shocker.

  21. Idea for next time: compare a super bowl game to a final of the European or world cup soccer! Then you will see and experience the real difference! The 2018 world cup final was watched by 3.5 billion people around the world and the 2020 European cup final was watched by over 365 million people around the world while last year's super bowl (Americans claim this to be a world event, however only American teams are involved) was watched by +/- 114 million people around the world! European football (soccer) is one of the oldest sports (dates back to +/- 200 years BC and was played in China, Europe and south American nations for thousands of years until England formed the first soccer association in 1863…American football dates back to the first game played in 1869 and is actually derived from soccer and rugby. Soccer is in a person's blood from his home team to the national team. Your friend actually made a mistake: El Classico is watched on average by +/- 600 million people around the world and that 2 times in the home and away game (not 500) just shows you how soccer (voetbal in my country, the Netherlands) is lived around the world! I like to watch the super bowl but as your American Barcelona fan already said, it is too long with too many stops by the referees and too many commercial breaks…..It takes away the 'heat of the moment' in the game overall!

  22. I think it’s even better at an English football/soccer game

  23. El Classico is great but the British football rivalries will be where the atmosphere is most "unique". You should watch a game like Arsenal v Tottenham – its brutal.

    Or, just go to any British rugby game ever.

  24. How about checking out Aussie football. AFL (Australian Football League) ….. Love you guys 💕

  25. So glad you got the chance to live that experience! To watch el Clásico in the Bernabeu Stadium is amazing!!!!
    And Hala Madrid of course 🥳🥳

  26. The average length of any European league match is 1:52 (halftime break and stoppage time included), with an average playing time of 65 min.
    The average NFL game is 3+ hours (all inclusive), with an average of 11 minutes of action.
    So, we get 6 times the action in 2/3 of the time. And NO annoying commercials.
    Just saying 🤣❤️🇩🇰

  27. It's not even American football. Only USA. Only USA love USA football. European football is love by the whole world.

  28. I'm so glad you got to go to the Florida game. It was amazing… but I wish you could have been with us at the Alabama game…. Holy *&$&*!!!! What a game and goal post dedication in the Tennessee River!!! GBO!!!

  29. There is no comparison. One of the games is football, i.e. a game where you predominantly play the ball with you feet …. ergo 'foot ball'…and the other is a game where you carry the ball in your hands and occasionally kick it – only to carry it again. Both can't be football. Also, there is no such thing as soccer. haha!!

    BTW…absolutely fantastic video. Loved it.

  30. Well El clasico isn't the undisputed biggest derby though…
    Superclasico is even crazier even with worse teams.

  31. America is a continent, and in America from argentina to Canada is regular/normal football, soccer, calcio and the only place that gringo football is in gringoland, typical gringo narrow minded gringos, shame on you being so well travelled people. Don´t be narrow minded stupid gringos.

  32. No tailgating in European for soccer games because they don't drive as much and their games are often near busy areas with bars.

  33. One guy at the end around 25:24 makes a good point that is applicable to many countries. Soccer is often the only main sport of a country so all the sports fans all concentrate on that one sport. Unlike in the US where you have 3 actual major sports and a 4th significant but not as major sport — baseball, basketball, football and then you have hockey. Plus MMA and boxing are super huge in the US but not as popular in Europe. Soccer isn't as popular in many other countries where they already have their own 'football'. Australia has rugy and Aussie football, NZ has the same, South Africa has rugby, etc. Then you have countries in South Asia where cricket is super popular. In eastern Asia you have at least one other major team sport that takes so much of the attention away from soccer — China has basketball and South Korea & Japan have baseball. Everywhere I've been in Europe except maybe the UK (they love their cricket too), soccer was the only real major sport. Basketball is like how hockey is in the US — some popularity but not very huge.

  34. Btw it’s not European soccer it’s soccer is American

  35. Great video. Learning new things all the time. I found rugby recently – I've never been very interested in ball sports but wow.

  36. Was MESSI on barcalona at the time of fliming

  37. You NEED to watch a soccer game in Brazil. The energy is CRAZY the entire time!

  38. I have taught it several schools with hardcore soccer fans and I have seen them those jerseys to school and never made the connection to which team they were rooting for!

  39. The fact that y’all brought all your energy to a UT game, I LOVE IT! #GoVols! (Also super wild but I’m pretty sure we were in school at UT around the same time!)

  40. haha the sizing sticker on nate’s shirt in the beginning of the video

  41. So many errors here Nate… it’s not “European Football” it’s “World Football” … And Real Madrid vs Barcelona inst the “biggest rivalry in football”… go attend the derbies in Istanbul, Glasgow, Buenos Aires, Liverpool, Soweto, Casablanca, Milan etc…etc… then come back

  42. If you ever come to Australia again, you should watch a NRL (National Rugby League) game! It's very intense and overall is very fast paced and an extremely fun game to watch.

  43. Football is viewed by Americans for the most part, soccer is viewed by the world. I love watching football but purely by viewership soccer wins.

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