Yesterday when I missed the bus I had to take a taxi to the train station. The taxi driver and I came to discuss ice hockey vs soccer, which teams we liked and so on. The first thing the taxi driver said when I told him I was from Norrköping was “The town with no ice hockey team”, he was a little bit wrong there because Norrköping has Vita Hästen which when I grew up was better than LHC. At that time I used to go on the matches to see Vita Hästen play vs other hockey teams (some of them playing in Elitserien now). That’s when I learned that Ice hockey is fun. This is one of the three things that in my opinion decide if you like ice hockey or soccer. The culture of your neighbourhood. The taxi driver is a big example of this. He didn’t like soccer at all. He even said that soccer is for gays, since there is no action and no fights. He said that if he is to watch soccer he rather watch women’s soccer because then he can at least watch at the girls. But as I said to him, he lives in Linköping, there is no soccer culture there, I don’t even know the name of their soccer team if they have one. They only have the women’s team, LFC which doesn’t have any long history. In Norrköping on the other hand, there is a big soccer culture. We have IFK Norrköping, a team in Allsvenskan which was really big in the 50’s when my parents generation were kids. And now I am automatically entering the second thing to decide what you like the most. The inheritance from your parents. Most people get their favourite sport when they are young and then they are very influenced by their parents and what their parents like. For example my dad likes Ice hockey so he has taught me and my brother that hockey is the game to like. The third thing is of course what you enjoy the most to watch, for example if you like action and fighting you probably like hockey more than soccer and vice versa. The taxi driver liked sports with fighting so hockey was therefore an easy choice for him.

So, what do I have as my favourite?
I like ice hockey the most.
– As I wrote, when I was a kid we both had a good hockey team and a good soccer team in my home town. The soccer culture was bigger but Vita Hästen was better than never before while IFK Norrköping was on a decline.
– My dad who is from Dalarna where the hockey dominates the soccer totally taught me that hockey is fun and soccer is boring.
– I enjoy to watch Ice hockey more than soccer actually, both on TV and live. It happens more in hcokey, there are more goals and it’s faster. The minus is the fighting which I think is unessecary. But the players are so charged durign matches so they can’t keep it inside when something annoys them.

And if you wonder which my favorite team is, it’s not Vita Hästen. It is Leksand Stars which is also an inheritance from my dad and Dalarna. But I also like them for the entertaining hockey they play and for their wonderful supporters Superstars which are friendly, entertaining and creative.
But I admit, I am a supporter IFK Norrköping as well. I am not totally uninterested of soccer, I just like hockey more. And if you have just a tad interest in soccer while coming from a town with a big soccer culture like Norrköping, you can’t escape it.

What do you like the most? Hockey or soccer?

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