Why PSG? I asked.
“That’s my heart club. I come from Paris.”
When I moved to Montreal 13 years ago one of the first people I met was my neighbour who came from Toulouse. After I had told him that I come from Sarajevo he started screaming “Safet Susic, Safet Susic!!!” and dribbling an imaginary ball. Only then I realized how big of a player ‘Pape’ was in France and the mark he left in Paris Saint-Germain. So much that in 2010 he was voted PSG’s best player of all time by French sport magazine France Football ‘s readers. Fabrice, just like my neighbour, came from France. He studies Fashion Marketing and he looks like he does. He loves another player whose roots are (partially) from Bosnia and Herzegovina and who’s just joined PSG, Zlatan Ibrahimović. ‘Ibra’ started the season well but I’m not sure he has what it takes to shadow Pape’s reputation among PSG fans.
Why Brasil? I asked.
“I have the shirt for a long time and just decided to wear it today.”
I saw him at the ATM inside the bank and waited patiently outside. Darren, just like every other person in a soccer shirt, was happy to have his photograph taken. He came from Ontario to study in Montreal. He told me how he bought the jersey during the 2004 World Cup but doesn’t wear it often. Neither is he a huge soccer follower. Darren would like to find Trinidad jersey though, since that’s where his parents come from, but no luck yet. Or maybe he’s not looking hard enough.
Why Atletico? I asked.
“Because Falcao plays there.”
David is Colombian. I met him as he was running home to watch Colombia-Urugway WC qualifier. He came to Montreal to study Art and Literature at Lassale college. He’s hoping to get into Concordia’s art program next year. We had a short rant about Real Madrid as he was unhappy that Real gets all the attention while ‘not many people know about Atletico.’ But Atletico is doing just fine, winning 2012 Europa Super cup just a few weeks ago. It was very entertaining to watch as they demolished Chelsea, while Radamel Falcao García Zárate, simply know as Falcao, scored 3 goals.