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100 Things I Love Project: #2 – Football

Well duh

If you are in my social network, chances are you’ve seen my gazillion a day statuses about football, Nando, Spain, Fernando Torres, World Cup, Fern. You see where I’m going.

And even though I have a few friends (with emphasis on the few. I count maybe 8 or 10) who understand my fascination with the sport. Most react with “that’s boring” or “gwapo lang mga players” or “basketball na lang”

But I believe my love affair with football is just starting to take off and will continue for the rest of my life (and 80% of the world agrees with me)

Okay, I have to admit that I initially got hooked on the sport because of the hot men (if you’re a female with a pulse, you would of course). And I have to admit that until now, I can be such a girl about them

But along the way, I just fell in love with the beauty of the sport and the players who run a 120 meter field for 45 minutes straight per half, without so much as a water or bathroom or breathing break

I love seeing the passes and the sneak attacks and the aggressive defending and the amazing last-minute saves and the incredible footwork and the breathtaking speed

And yes, goals are very few and far between, but that just means that each goal is a cause for the ultimate celebration. Each goal is just so worth it.

And I also love the obsessive nature of the sport, with fans going to great lengths to support their favorite players, countries and clubs. That they would do/say/post anything for their faves is a testament to how gripping the sport (and yes, the behind-the-scenes drama) is.

And the men. Okay, don’t get me started on the men. Just a few words. Nando. Kaka. Almost the whole Spanish team. Messi. Mueller. Gerrard. Bocanegra. Gourcuff. Higuain. Santa Cruz. Okay, enough drooling now

After this World Cup, the next step for me is learn the game more. Oh, and yeah, pick a club. My friends have been convincing me to go with ManU or Arsenal or Barca or Inter. And because I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Spain, I’d probably go for Barca and Liverpool (only for Nando and Iker).

And I don’t care if you follow the sport because of the guys or because everyone you know is following it, as long as there are more Filipinos who love the game, I’m happy

Te amo futbal!!!

Vamonos La Furia Roja

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2010 in 100 Things I Love, Footie

 

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Viva La Furia Roja

Even as I was almost dying from tension and nervousness, the moment Spain took to the field, everyone knew that this was a different team that had played the past few weeks and which critics have accused of barely squeaking through the group stages, the final 16 and then the quarterfinals

This was a team that was more confident, more balanced (due to the decision to not start my beloved Nando), and more in control. The threatening and talented Germans who killed England and Argentina were left with their relative youth and inexperience scrambling to take possession and shots. It was a valiant effort, but in the end, our La Furia Roja was just too good. (I think Germany will be the team to beat in 2014, if the young ones reach their peak and not get injured)

And as the final whistle sounded and half of National Sports Grill erupted into screams (while the other half mourned in disbelief), everyone felt the collective love of the fans who have stuck with their team, in spite of everything

And what began as a “crush” on Spain, largely because of my obsession with Nando, has turned into a full-blown love affair with each and every member of the squad. And yes, Puyol (aka Ozzy Osbourne), it was an unlikely goal but a winning goal nonetheless and I love you now too!

And because I have no red outfit, I am wearing a red star necklace and using a red bag (and no, I haven’t slept a wink) in honor of your victory

Sorry Brazil, but I think Spain now occupies a bigger space in my heart

Let’s go win this World Cup!

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2010 in Footie

 

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