The more I read about the history of football, the more I become interested in the multiple codes of the game that were developed in different places and time periods. Association Football (soccer) will always be my favorite sport, but I've really become a fan of Rugby Union in recent years and also Rugby League (which I had the chance of watching live in St Helens with JD, the last time I was in England).
Unfortunately, rugby league isn't televised here so I simply follow the results occasionally (and recently watched the 2014 Grand Final, which St Helens won, on youtube
). As for rugby union, I watch the international competitions (six nations, rugby championship, world cup) but would love to follow Munster Rugby - my adopted side - on a regular basis. Only the English premiership is televised here though.
In Brazil, people pretty much only care about Association Football (soccer), although rugby has a bit of an amateur tradition here, and American Football is fastly growing in popularity and, as a result, in playing numbers as well.
I do watch the NFL but I'm not a huge fan. In terms of American sports, the one that really caught my attention was baseball so in comparison the NFL simply doesn't look as fun to me (I know it may sound quite crazy to some).
Well, anyway - the point of this thread was just to discuss the different football codes and people's views on them.
It amazes me to know that there are codes still entirely unknown to me - such as Gaelic football or Australian rules - and I do hope to at least once watch a game live of each of these sports (my notions of tourism are often directly linked to sporting experiences).
So, which codes do you like best (after Association Football, of course)?