Bayern Munich. Mohammed. De Maisonneuve/Guy, Montreal, 2012

Why Bayern Munich? I asked.

“I love Bayern.”

He was sitting on a bench with two friends, a cup of Tim Hortons’ coffee in his hand. It looked as if this is his daily routine but Mohammed came to Montreal, from Jordan, only two days ago. He will be studying engineering at the Concordia University. That Tim Hortons’ might have been his first ever, I thought. I remember my first and it tasted awful. One gets used to it though. He has never lived in Germany but he didn’t feel that his support for Bayern needs any justification, or obvious links I was inquiring about. He simply loves the club. Mohammed tells me how everyone in Jordan is crazy about football. Just like me and most of my friends, I thought.




Bayern Munich. Mario and Samuel. Sherbrooke/Décarie, Montreal, 2011

Why Bayern? I asked, astounded.

“Because of Ribéry, he’s our favourite player.”

I was some 50m behind them when I notice two large number 7 walking away. The whole street was shiny red. I increased my walking speed thinking of the best way to approach them, to make sure they agree to be photographed. I can’t miss this opportunity, I thought. But suddenly they stopped and started getting into the car. I had to run and by the time I managed to catch up one already had his seatbelt fastened and the other was just getting in. Mario and Samuel, father and son, were very kind to step out and pose for me. They are locals but their love of Ribéry made them Bayern Munich fans. Whatever happened to sons rebelling against their fathers and supporting the rival team?

Bayern Munich. Mario and Samuel. Sherbrooke/Décarie, Montreal, 2011


Bayern Munich. Mehdi. St. Catherine/Guy, Montreal 2011

Why Bayern? I asked, astounded.

“I’ve supported them since I was a child.”

Of course, as a child, one can easily and inexplicably fall in love with certain things, even with Bayern Munich, it seems. But, sometimes, there is a way out. This young fellow Mehdi, who came to Montreal from Algeria, shows how with maturity even one’s heart can become wiser. Nowadays, in his words, he is starting to like Liverpool more and more (before I mentioned anything about the Reds). I am hoping that one day I’ll meet him again but this time in Liverpool jersey.