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Football Events II: So far away, yet so close

Football Events II: So far away, yet so close

Anonymous Football Fan, far from Home I could imagine my parents. Mom going back and forth from the kitchen to the living room, asking how they were doing. Dad, as always, in his armchair, watching the time, cursing “the asshole” who phoned (my old fashioned dad thought that if someone phoned during a key match, it had to be either[Read More…]

Football Events: So far away, yet so close

Football Events: So far away, yet so close

Anonymous Football Fan, far from Home I remember the bar, nearly empty. Two locals watching the finals as if they were just looking at rain, a dull, sleepy waiter and a boy, wrapped in a flag with the colors of his team, sitting alone at a table, holding on for dear life to his beer bottle. My wife and I[Read More…]

Stories about Football Fans: The Legacy of Football

Stories about Football Fans: The Legacy of Football

The Legacy of Football Furthermore, continues Oliver, “I could tell my father, for example, that the longer and stupider a choreography following a goal, the more Scandinavian the team.” That if the assistant referee’s wife cheats on him, his performance is more accurate. That if one of the assistant referees is a widower, he will kick a coach off the[Read More…]

Stories about Football Fans: Oliver and his Father

Stories about Football Fans: Oliver and his Father

Oliver’s father never gave him any kind of advice. He never said “you have to follow your true calling” or “loneliness, my son, is the pleasure of one’s own perspective”. But he taught him that if there are no Italian names in the football team’s lineup, then it is a second division match. He taught him that if there is[Read More…]

Stories about Football Fans: Oliver never Cared for Football

Stories about Football Fans: Oliver never Cared for Football

Oliver’s Disregard for Football as Told from his own Perspective My father died a few years back. During his lifetime, he was able to see a total of 15 FIFA World Cups: from the Brazilian Maracanaço to the last final in Berlin 2006. Seeing 15 World Cups, I think, is having a good life. I have seen 11, so far,[Read More…]

Stories about Football III

Stories about Football III

At least you were still with a lot of people who felt your sadness. You walked down the dirty steps off the stadium among a big mass of jerseys and colors that you could still identify with. You knew they were feeling it too. But later, jerseys and colors alike begin to dissipate, until finally there comes a moment when,[Read More…]

Stories about Football II

Stories about Football II

You stay still, in the end, because you do not wish to wake your wife and have her ask you what is wrong with you. Is there something wrong with you? Not really. But those seven words keep resonating in your head, time and time again. Perhaps you have woken up at some point during the night, which happens, too,[Read More…]

Stories about Football

Stories about Football

Seven irrevocable letters that will resonate in your head for the rest of the year; that cruel truth: You lost. And this morning may turn out to be a delightful morning full of sunshine and warm air; a leisurely morning surrounded by loved ones; one of those mornings portrayed in advertisements to sell coffee or low fat yogurt. The worst[Read More…]