Meet the USA team’s big­gest Bri­tish fan

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

ROGER BEN­NETT was this week com­ing to terms with the United States’ elim­i­na­tion from the World Cup af­ter de­feat to Bel­gium.

“The pain will never go away — but that’s the joy of foot­ball,” he said.

Mr Ben­nett, a 43-year-old jour­nal­ist and film­maker has found fame pre­sent­ing the cult-hit Men in Blaz­ers show with fel­low Brit Michael Davies.

To­gether they have been help­ing Amer­i­cans to fall in love with the World Cup

“Michael and I sensed when we met in 2010 that the plates were shift­ing be­neath the Amer­i­can sport­ing land­scape.

“Foot­ball will grow much big­ger in the States. Amer­i­cans now unashamedly love the game,” he said.

Men in Blaz­ers was ini­tially a satel­lite ra­dio show in the US but was snapped up by broad­cast­ing gi­ant ESPN as part of its World Cup cov­er­age.

Mr Ben­nett has amassed 141,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers and a new, global fan base, in­clud­ing a loyal YouTube fol­low­ing.

He said sup­port­ing the US na­tional team and his own Pre­mier League club side, Ever­ton, was “a bit like be­ing Jewish — mo­ments of great highs and ter­ri­ble lows.”

Roger Ben­nett ( right) with pod­cast part­ner Michael Davies

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