Anonymous asked: can i please ask how your affection for fc barcelona began? i think i remembered you saying you were from england (though i may be wrong), if so do you have an epl team you support? i am asking because i really hope your aren't a bandwagon barça fan that got interested in them with their recent domestic and champions league success.
I’ll answer you, anon, but I don’t know if you will like the response due to your last statement of your question:
I love football. I play FIFA on ps3 and used to play PES on a number of different consoles. I used to follow EPL a lot back in the 90s and early 00s. I never felt comfortable supporting ONE team, but considering that I live in a city in Canada where hockey is a religion (b/c there’s nothing else here), it was tough for me to support ONE EPL team.
As for Barcelona, I first took notice of when Messi won player of the year, then I youtube a bunch of Barca moments, and then watched Messi score 4 against Arsenal, and at that point, I was down with the FCB. I didn’t even know they won the six cups until I managed to go to Nou Camp this summer where my support turned from fling to full-blown love.
I know how it is being a long time fan of a team and find out that a lot of the fans are either fairweather or band wagoners. I know how it feels to love a band from when they were nobody and then BOOM everyone and their mom has their tshirt. It’s tough for some people to see something that they’ve loved for a long time go mainstream.
North America is funny because we only pay attention to ‘soccer’ during the world cup, which is dumb, because there is way better competitions than the WC. However, availability of European games via the internet are not long brutal with the time change. I still manage to catch Champions League and La Liga (which are my faves), then EPL and Italian league, but those last two depends on the teams.
But, I will be honest when I say if I hadn’t gone to Nou Camp and had such an awesome time there, I wouldn’t be as big of a FCB fan as I am now. I rarely put my support behind a team anymore, but when I do, I make it count. I hope you’re not disappointed.