Hull City hosted Arsenal in a Premier League match today, just now. They weren’t expected to win, and they didn’t win, because they were and almost always are gravely overmatched. But that’s not why I’ve gathered you here.
This story is a great example of the fundamental differences between European soccer clubs and American franchises.
This is Steve Harper, a 39-year-old goalkeeper in his first season for Hull City after being a fixture on the Newcastle United bench for the better part of 20 years, which included stints on loan elsewhere. He is, relatively speaking, baddish at his job.
Hull City's opened its first campaign in the Premiership since 2010 solidly; they're smack in the middle of the table, and stunning more established sides with spectacular plays. One of those came today as Sone Aluko slammed home a massive volley to steal a win from Newcastle.
Hull City doesn't want to be called boring old Hull City anymore. It's boring. What's a "city" anyway? Instead, say hello to Hull City Tigers.
Well, this is heartwarming. On the final day of the npower Championship regular season, second-place Hull City was playing Cardiff City, who had already won the league and promotion to the English Premier League. The way the Championship works is the top two teams are automatically promoted, while the third through…