On allegiances and switching sides: this is football

Last night, I cheered on Inter Milan as the Italian club eliminated my club Barcelona from the UEFA Champions League tournament on an aggregate score of 3-2.  Inter will now face  Bayern Munich in the Cup final in Madrid. There comes a time when scores have to be settled and last night was Barca’s turn to taste defeat.  See, last year Barcelona sold the Senegalese striker  Samual Eto’o to Inter Milan in exchange for buying  Zlatan Ibrahimović.  It was a transfer deal; Eto’o goes to Inter and Ibrahimovic ends up at Barcelona.  I  hated this deal.  I felt Eto’o had done really well at Barcelona and had played a key role in Barca’s dominance in the Spanish football league (La Liga) and should continue to play with the club.  Also, it seemed that the deal, in terms of monies involved, valued  Ibrahimović more than Eto’o.  Now these footballers earn more money that I will ever see in my lifetime and we could argue whether they deserve all that.  But that’s another post.  In the world of football and most other sports, the money is a clear indication of your worth. I, of course, felt that Eto’o should have gotten more, that it seemed that he was just being kicked out by Barca.  In short, my club had just pissed me of royally.

In the English Premier League, I support Manchester United.  So I watched with much anxiety when Chelsea hired José Mourinho as the club’s manager in 2003.  I watched as Mourinho and his boys excelled and challenged Man U for dominance in the Premiership.  But as I watched, I also began to admire Mourinho’s passion and skill for the game.  In 2007, he left Chelsea.  His position at the club had become untenable due to the friction between him and the owner, Roman Abramovich.  Why do some owners meddle in all the affairs of their clubs, even in areas they know nothing about? Anyway, Mourinho found another position, this time at Inter Milan.

So back to last night:  Inter Milan, coach Mourinho, player Eto’o versus Barcelona.  A victory by Inter settled the score. Oh, Inter eliminated Chelsea in the earlier round of the UEFA competition.  Another score settled.  Sweet. So this is how I hope it all plays out as we near the end of the European football season:

  1. Inter Milan defeats Bayern Munich to win the 2010 UEFA Champions League
  2. Barcelona finishes atop La Liga; I’m still a fan after all 😉
  3. Manchester United takes the title in the English Premier League, Chelsea places second (oh the heartache ;))

Then all will be right in my world of European soccer and I can then turn to the World Cup where my country, Ghana, will not only survive the group stages but go on to win the first World Cup on African soil.  Hey this is football, anything is possible  and all dreams are welcome!

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9 comments

  1. When the World Cup start, I’ll be cheering when the Netherlands (or Holland, in soccer terms :P) gets kicked out. It’ll put a stop to all the orangy madness decorating the streets and the boastful dreams that we really are best.
    No, I might not be a good country(wo)man, but I really don’t like Dutch soccer. All in all, I do not watch soccer, but I do when it’s world cup time. Overall, I love surprises, like when Korea (I believe) was suddenly succesful in the world cup (and of course, the Dutch could still claim to share some pride in that). And I love the idea of an African team winning the world cup this year. I might go with Ghana just to please you.

    Btw, by some weird form of accident I actually watched Barcelona – Inter Milan. With my none expert eyes, I think Barcelona were the better players. But this is coming from a girl who’s watched 5? soccer games in my life, so don’t blame me.

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  2. i was struck last night about the crossover betwwen clubs ,jose started at barca ,read his biography few years ago a really interesting guy ,all the best stu

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  3. I know absolutely nothing about football but very interesting post!

    We have an exchange student from Mexico living with my parents right now doing grade 10 and her favorite joke is:
    “What does a Canadian do after winning the World Cup?”
    “Put down the Wii controller!”
    She finds it hilarious. I told her that after that joke I could no longer cheer for her home team 😉

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      • I figured you would 🙂 I laughed too actually. But now I can safely say that I will have to be cheering for Nigeria (the ex-bf, and still very good friend, is from there) rather than Ghana.

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      • I’m still laughing 🙂 Hopefully, I will get you to switch your support to Ghana before the World Cup starts. Ghana really has no chance but one can hope!

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      • Phew I’m glad you’re still talking to me 😉 I will cheer for both as long as they aren’t playing each other, if they end up playing each other… no guarantees 😉

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