157. How Exciting it is to Win!
My blog today will not be of interest to many of my friends, but if you love me you know my idiosyncrasies my hobbies and my little quirks!
I am calling it a mania, but it is not that exactly. I cannot find the right word to express a passion that sometimes turns into an exaggerated nervousness or over-enthusiasm.
I’ll tell you what it is… I am referring to… CHEERING FOR A FOOTBALL TEAM!
The team of my heart is called FIORENTINA! Nothing strange about that. I was born in Florence and even as a kid I supported the team during good times and bad.
We fans of FIORENTINA use the expression that a “purple heart” beats inside us! Purple is the color of the club’s football uniform. There is a crest showing the lily of Florence, red on white!
In 1955-56, Fiorentina won the Scudetto. What does this mean? The best team that year! What a joy! I was very young but I never missed a game. I would go without food to have enough money to buy a ticket!
This addiction is with me to this day. I have transmitted it to my sons.
Even today, I do not miss a game, I do not go to the stadium but I watch the games on television. I would like to go to the stadium to cheer on my team whose great fans, young and old, have turned their passion into a way of life! I refer to the “Curva Fiesole”, the “Nest of Purple Fans”.
Years of absolute flatness… a few years of small satisfactions… other years disastrous… but I have never understood how you cannot be a fan of your city’s team.In Italy, there are many fans for Juventus, the Turin team whose great past record of winning is thanks to large investments by the President of Fiat. I believe that the leaders of Juventus should now, during this economic crisis, be investing more in Fiat. Such an investment would greatly help Fiat’s workers and the Juventus budget could be adjusted accordingly. This applies to other soccer teams, such as Inter and Milan, that are squandering enormous amounts of money!
I would like to see a start of the season with all teams on the same starting line. Ten million to invest, an amount equal to all. Just so you can judge the ability to buy and sell and the ability of a trainer to compose his team!
Now whoever wins, wins with the power of money! Like everything that is now part of our lives, unfortunately.I am a dreamer… I always hoped that SPORT would be kept free of such a vicious cycle.
Fiorentina, after a year of misery, is offering a show that is very entertaining. I share my fun with my son Tommaso and with Francesco Tola, a dear friend who is even more fanatical than I am. On sunday evenings we often meet to exchange comments after the game.
I congratulate coach Montella who has been able to improve the performance of his team to such an extent that they now seem really interested in competing with the big teams again.
Finally, I am enjoying Fiorentina… I am having fun again… and my enthusiasm is the same as when I was a boy of the “Curva Fiesole”!
Thanks Andrea Della Valle! Thanks Montella!
Un bacino a tutti..
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