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

COLOMBIA, TOM

Why Colombia? I asked. “My girlfriend.” Tom was born in Canada after his parents came from Hungary. He speaks fluent Hungarian and we had a nice chat (not in Hungarian) about second generation immigrants and languages here in Montreal. But, it was his girlfriend who turned him into a soccer fan. We agreed that Colombia has a very good team and had a nice showing … Continue reading COLOMBIA, TOM

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

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

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