Greece, Sam

Why Greece? I asked. “My family is Greek and I got the shirt when I visited Greece after they had won European Championship.” Yes, Greece’d won the Euro, still hard to believe it. No matter what tactics they used to get there, not always a joy to watch, it is an admirable thing. Sam is a great kid, born in Montreal, but proudly shares his origins. … Continue reading Greece, Sam


Why Fener? I asked. “I was born in Turkey and I’m a huge Fenerbahçe fan.” Doran was 4 when his family moved to Canada. He lives in Toronto but visits Montreal often (of course, I was thinking, it’s more fun here). He told me all of this while his friends, tough-looking but surely good at heart, were standing around and checking me out. Fenerbahçe might be … Continue reading FENERBAHÇE, DORAN


Why Barca? I asked. “Actually I’m a Liverpool fan, but I collect jerseys.” It’s nice to see Barcelona shirt with, now retired, Unicef logo. Ben lives in Montreal but comes from London, England. No London club could steal his heart as he grew up with a healthy doze of John Barnes, Ian Rush and company from Liverpool. He has in his collection every England jersey he could get … Continue reading BARCELONA, BEN


Why Real? I asked. “I just like Ronaldo a lot.” Not the answer I was looking for. Matthew was not eager to be photographed and I was not eager to photograph yet another Galacticos fan. But facing my first rejection, and not ready for it, I worked a bit harder to convince him to participate. With his training jacket over the jersey Matthew reminded me … Continue reading REAL MADRID, MATTHEW


Why Real? I asked. “I like the shirt and the team.” Juan was waiting for a bus, all crouched on the bench within the bus-stop glass enclosure, when I approached him. He was very kind and stepped outside so I can take a picture. This is the first long sleeves shirt I encountered, which reminded me that soon the jerseys will be hidden under sweaters … Continue reading REAL MADRID, JUAN