Here I am again to ask a question about a vocabulary item.

What word is used to describe yourself as the fan of a team, that you support it, cheer for it and want it to win ?

If I say, "I am cheering for the Czech team" it doesn't sound good English. So what should I say?

Many thanks in advance for your contribution.


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    "Cheering for X" is a perfectly valid use of the word. There is also "rooting for X", which implies a more general form of support that may not necessarily have the physical "cheering" aspect. – Roger Feb 27 '14 at 20:10
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    'Rooting' for a team is an American expression. No one in Britain can understand it, nor what 'rooting' has to do with cheering, supporting, or being a fan. – WS2 Feb 27 '14 at 20:20
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    @WS2 Good point. In Britain, that would be a much more "hands-on" kind of support. ;) – Roger Feb 27 '14 at 20:36
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    @WS2, did the OP ask for Brit-only expressions? "Rooting" is not only common in the US but is used in the famous baseball song, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". "...so it's root, root root for the home team, if they don't win it's a shame..." – Kristina Lopez Feb 27 '14 at 21:34
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    @KristinaLopez But what is the origin of 'root', in this context? I know what a root is? I know of a verb 'to root' which is something (and I'm giving away my rural upbringing) that pigs do when you put them out in a field. They burrow away at the roots of plants. You can also 'root' yourself to the spot. You can 'root' plants. And at the obscene end of things in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, to'root' is a vulgar expression for having sexual intercourse. But what has 'root' got to do with cheering for a team? – WS2 Feb 27 '14 at 21:48

I will give you a British response.

I support Norwich City. I am a fan of Norwich City. I am a Norwich City supporter. When I go to a match, I cheer for Norwich City. Norwich City are my team. I am a follower of Norwich City. In fact I see the world through yellow and green tinted spectacles! I see little yellow birds in my dreams. The Canaries are my life.



A cheer is what you shout at a sporting event when you cheer your team on, showing your enthusiasm and support. Often there's a lot of cheer or good spirits at these games, unless of course your favorite team loses.

Your sentence:

"I am cheering for the Czech team"

is good English usage and sounds very good too!

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