VENEZUELA, BORIS

Why Venezuela? I asked. “A friend from the States sent it to me as a gift. He liked Chavez and sympathized with Venezuela while Chavez was still alive.” Venezuela’s national team, nicknamed La Vinotinto, has never qualified for the World Cup. I imagine, there is not much space for football in the nation crazy about baseball. But La Vinotinto jersey made it all the way to … Continue reading VENEZUELA, BORIS

STOKE CITY, KOFFI

Why Stoke City? I asked. “I like Stoke.” Then, after I insisted on more, he added “I like them all (teams), I like football.” Which explains it all. It was the first time I met someone wearing the Potters‘ jersey and I was trilled. Koffi and his family arrived to Montreal, from Ivory Coast, only two months ago. I quickly reminded him how Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Ivory Coast … Continue reading STOKE CITY, KOFFI

OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE, FREDERIC

Why Marseille? I asked. “Always, always, from when I was a kid, always only Olympique de Marseille!” Frederic didn’t mind the rain and was happy to show his colours for the camera. He is from Togo and came to Montreal 5 years ago to study economics and is just finishing his last term. He was to young to remember his team playing Red Star Belgrade in … Continue reading OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE, FREDERIC