Picking an Italian Soccer Team (August Posting Challenge)

Our family is learning Italian this year. And today I decided I want to pick and follow an Italian soccer team.

I've followed soccer for 20ish years now. I've followed Manchester United in England since I was 13 or 14, but honestly that has been disappointing and uninteresting the last 7 years or so. I follow FC Dallas, Forward Madison (a little), and the USMNT (a lot). So I'm not hurting for teams, but when The Total Soccer Show podcast had a season preview for the Italian Serie A, I thought it would be fun to pick a team to follow in Italy to go along with learning Italian.

I'm deciding between Atalanta, Sussuolo, and Napoli.

  • Atalanta--David Amoyal from The Calcioland Podcast said this is a really well-run club that people should pay attention to. I'm leaning this way because I don't want to pick one of the famous teams like Juventus, Inter, or AC Milan. But I still want to follow a good team.
  • Sussuolo--Amoyal calls them the hipster pick that's fun to watch. I'm a little afraid to root for a team that might struggle and disappear. I don't want to have to pick again if they get relegated.
  • Napoli--I don't want to have to pick a team again because I picked a poor team that never wins. So I'm considering Napoli. They are expected to be in the top 3 this year.
*Learning Italian with Talkbox.Mom is super fun. We struggled at first to get into a rhythm with it, but we listen to the audio during the morning and play around with it during meals. Our first box is about food and snacks, so we have many occasions to use it.


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