When did you start watching soccer? Which is your favourite era in football? Do you still practice (as part of a school or university team, purely for fun/non-competitive, etc.) the sport? What are your experiences (have you witnessed any racial tensions or altercations/ other problems arising due to differences in styles of play between footballers of different ethnicities or have the matches been characterized by a high degree of decorum)? I started watching soccer in the mid 1990s (first major tournament I clearly recall was the 1994 World Cup), but really got into the sport in the late 1990s and early 2000s (Euro 2000 is my favourite tournament to date – Portugal vs. England, Holland vs. Czech Republic, France vs Portugal, Italy vs. Romania, etc. were some fantastic matches). I am a far from a capable player (I usually play goalie or defender), but I am on the pitch at least once per week (my teammates are sometimes friends/neighbors and on other occasions colleagues from the university). I have found it rather easy to get along with others and my impression is that people of all races and ethnicities have embraced the relatively physical style of play (I am currently residing in England). I have so far seen tensions flare up only on two occasions – an Eastern European guy took issue with an East Asian dude’s overly physical approach and a Chinese guy almost got into a fight with a Norwegian student for the same reason, but the situations didn't escalate. I have also been told by friends that matches involving exclusively Balkan vs. Iberian-only teams are usually tense affairs and tend to end in fights. All in all, I am grateful to have discovered this sport at a relatively early age, as I have made friends and have many fond memories thanks to my soccer exploits.