You can't really love soccer if you don't hate it.
- I know of no game in which the weaker team has such a chance of winning.
- There's no contest in which subjectivity -- or incompetence -- of a referee has such a role in the outcome. In other games, referees decide if something happened. In soccer, they also decide whether it was important. Important enough. For the location.
- In no sport are the required skills so difficult and so under-appreciated by unknowing viewers.
- There's no game in which the higher level you achieve the more inclined you are to fake injury and roll around like an idiot.
- Only in soccer is the scoring almost secondary to the appreciation of the work being done (which means appreciation is lacking in the uninitiated.)
- Offsides is something only real fans understand. Often, this excludes side judges.
- Deciding a tie by a shootout is the most horrible thing that happens in any sport, anywhere. At least in hockey they've made it more of a show.
- The difficulty of scoring explains much of the above.