May 28. 2013

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Five most popular soccer teams and why people love them

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The following is a guest article written by Kandace Heller.

Soccer - The World's Sports

When it comes to picking out the five most popular teams in the world, it would be hard to bet against teams in England and Spain. These are the only two countries you need to look at while you are searching for the teams on this list, and the passion behind these club teams is found to be at the same level as some of the most followed national teams in the world. These teams were chosen based on the ever-increasing popularity. Often, their fans are loyal and make sure to show this loyalty at games with body paint, jerseys or footy scarves.

5. Arsenal

Founded in 1886, Arsenal is one of the top clubs in England, and their current fan base is somewhere around 115 million people. The team's jerseys are made by Nike and the team is sponsored by The Emirates Group. The kit colors are white and red. Although they play their club matches in London, Arsenal is one of the few clubs that is able to garner a lot of attention from different parts of the world. In fact, Arsenal has routinely been referred to as the favorite club of American fans of the sport.

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Five movie sequels we never asked for

Most movie sequels are bad. Really bad. I'm not going to sit here and try to come up with a list of the worst ones, because I typically try to stay away from movies I think will be awful. That said, I have seen my fair share of awful sequels and they are not pretty. As a follow-up to our post about the best movie sequels, here are a few we could have done without.

1. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Typically, I enjoy movies that try to come up with some other title for its sequel rather than merely slapping the number "2" (or "3" or "4") on the end. That is not the case with "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," as there is little that could have been done to save this movie for me. The first film was okay, and I understood the appeal. But I thought the ending to the first film was fine on its own — the Autobots had relocated to Earth and now Sam had a really cool car. Good enough for me! Not good enough for Hollywood. The second film takes everything about the first film and amplifies it in the worst way. Were they even telling a story in the second film? I'm still not sure. The movie also came under fire for introducing two robots that had people wondering: uhh, is this racist? Here's what Roger Ebert had to say: "If you want to save yourself the ticket price for this movie, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination."

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