Thanks for joining us here at The Armchair Gaffers Podcast. This has been a long time in the making and we are proud to finally get this ball rolling (pun intended).
Our goal is to create a fun atmosphere where we can discuss soccer, and share facts as well as opinions. We will always try to be non biased, but we have our favorite teams and players just like everyone else, so don’t be surprised if one, or both of us, takes a firm, ridiculous stance on certain topics. We’re still fans at the end of the day.
Our topics will mainly focus on European soccer, since that is the world’s biggest stage, with a main focus on the English Premier League. We will also talk heavily on the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA European League, International competitions, and a dash of MLS.
While you will learn a lot about us over the course of these podcasts, we think a little background on ourselves might prepare you for what is to come.
The meeting of the minds – Rob and Bento first met in 2013 when they both started a new job on the same day for the same position. They quickly bonded over the fact that they were both soccer fans and even while they both liked different teams there was one thing they could agree on… Arsenal sucks! Later came the fact that they both had a huge love for FIFA (the video game, not the organization). Bento has been playing FIFA since it’s inception in 1998 and Rob not too many years after that. This love for FIFA quickly turned into what is now known as FIFA Day. They take off a day from work together, or on a holiday off and devote the entire day to playing FIFA, watching soccer, and their favorite; building teams from the ground up.
Rob – Rob grew up playing soccer. He played for over 20 years in various recreation, state, and regional teams. He played in South Korea with the US Army. His family comes from Preston North End but they are hard to watch in the US, so he chose Liverpool FC. He’s been a fan since 2009 and an LFC member since 2014.
Bento – Bento is a bit of a soccer anomaly. He is first generation american whose paternal family is from Porto, Portugal. Growing up he wasn’t a huge soccer fan despite being brought up in a European immigrant household. He played soccer as a teenager at the Center-back position. He’s always been an avid fan of the World Cup but Bento got into soccer heavily in 2003 while watching Cristiano Ronaldo play for Manchester United. Once Ronaldo moved on to Real Madrid he wanted to find a new EPL team to follow. So in 2009 he began to follow Chelsea, and has been an avid fan ever since.
We hope you enjoy listening to us as much as we enjoy talking about it.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton