REAL MADRID, MOHAMMAD ALAM

  Why Real Madrid? I asked. “Because of Ronaldo. He is the best. I watched him on TV in Myanmar many times”, said a very shy Mohammad Alam, the cutest footballist ever. Mohammad Alam is a 10 year old Rohingya refugee. In the picture above he is waiting, with thousands other hungry kids for cooked food to be distributed at Tengkhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazaar, in … Continue reading REAL MADRID, MOHAMMAD ALAM

BURIRAM UNITED, TAO

It could have been any other of over twenty original shirts from different countries he owns, but gods of coincidence decided it’s going to be a Buriram United’s dark blue Tao will wear that day, almost a year ago between protesters in Hong Kong’s Admiralty. The protest colours, yellow was the most dominant, exploded over central Hong Kong in October 2014 and I was practically colour … Continue reading BURIRAM UNITED, TAO

RAJA CLUB ATHLETIC, HASSAN

Why Raja Casablanca? I asked. “Best, best, best” The initial enthusiasm of someone who thinks he is a pinball wizard quickly deflated after a machine, accustomed to someone’s else hands, hungry swallowed my coins. With great regret I made conclusion that my magic somehow vanished (I blame digital world) so I moved to the next room where local boys were attending what looked like a … Continue reading RAJA CLUB ATHLETIC, HASSAN

LIVERPOOL, KHUN BIRD

WTF?, I asked. “You know, Bird loves Liverpool”, said one of his friends. The idea and and rule of Footballists, simple and never-changing, is to talk and take pictures of people wearing shirts of their favourite football teams. This is, obviously, a special edition on our blog so let’s make an exception. If Khun Bird would be wearing his favourite shirt today the gods would … Continue reading LIVERPOOL, KHUN BIRD

ITALY, LUCIANO

Why Italy? I asked. “I’m from Italy. Actually not from Italy, I’m from Brazil. But my ancestors are from Italy” At Tutty’s, sovereign behind a cashier he operates, Luciano smiles. Italy just won against England in an unexpectedly entertaining match and Andrea Pirlo, a football genius in the body of priest, or vice versa, is on TV. The largely empty restaurant in a small street … Continue reading ITALY, LUCIANO