Like I suspected… . But I do like and follow the other “American sports” basketball, hockey and football (or American football like we call it).
The thing about football (soccer) in here is hard to explain. Is like a “tribal battle”, it is in our blood.
I can describe it like this:
Once my then future wife told me that she didn’t like me to follow my club (team) the way I did… Supposedly she wanted me to choose between the football club and her. Well, I told her I love her a lot, but the club is my oldest passion. And I do have a strong relation with the club. It was founded in 1904 mostly by orphans, extremely poor. As time passed by it became stronger and stronger, started to practice other sports: athletics, basketball, volleyball, roller hockey (invented in England but kind of a national sport here), handball, rugby, water polo, table tennis, rugby, futsal, swimming, triathlon, almost every sport you can imagine both male and female and won championships in each and every one of it. Started really poor and became by far the most popular in my country and almost a religion in here and with organized supporting groups in countries as far as Australia, Canada, US (several in at least 4 different states, NJ, CA, NY, FL), even though we skip a European title in soccer since 1961.
Enough talk… better than watching a football match of our favourite team in a full stadium with the proper scarf in the neck, jumping and yelling the whole time just a R.E.M. reunion.
It’s much more than a game, it is passion, it’s life, it’s the most important thing of the least important things.
And well, the R.E.M. reunion will never happen, so…