BARCELONA, JOHN

Why Barca? I asked. “I hate Barcelona. My club is Chelsea.” In front of a local carwash, this Labour day early morning, John and his two colleagues were waiting for the first customers to arrive. As I passed by I just said “Nice shirt” with my thumbs up. “No, not really.” he replied to my surprise. After he told me that Chelsea is his team I asked, obviously, why … Continue reading BARCELONA, JOHN

ARGENTINA, YANICK

Why Argentina? I asked. “I have many friends that are from Argentina.” I walked into a store and there was Yanick, working. He was kind enough to step outside so I can photograph him. Yanick is from Montreal but has a strong connection with South America, his girlfriend is from Peru. Along the way he befriended a few Argentinians and started following their national team. … Continue reading ARGENTINA, YANICK

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

ESPÉRANCE DE TUNIS, KARIM

Why EST? I asked. “That’s my home team.” It always gives me a great pleasure when I meet someone wearing a jersey of a team I really know nothing about. Karim came to Montreal two years ago. We had  brief chat about the World Cup qualifiers while his three companions patiently waited and helped in directing him to pose for the camera. In coming weeks … Continue reading ESPÉRANCE DE TUNIS, KARIM