Eddie Thompson, the late chairman of Dundee United, was once famously quoted as saying, “You can change your wife, your house, your car, but you can never change your team”. I generally agree although unfortunately it means I’m destined for a life of perennial underwhelming – I support Gillingham.
However, whilst there may only be one team you’ll ever truly support, I think it’s also fairly normal to follow or have an affection for others. Even Eddie Thompson did, he was apparently a Motherwell fan before he became involved with Dundee United.
In my case I have a soft spot for my home town team of Sutton United. They were the first team that my father took me to watch when I was a kid and just six months into my football supporting career we saw them beat Coventry City 2-1. To this day they’re still the last non-league club to defeat a team from the top division in the FA Cup.
And then there’s Brazil. Do I have a team? Yes, I have a team.
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So Mocidade – the team I posted a video of and who are based one road from I live – won the Carnaval in São Paulo. However, as with most things in Brazil this did not pass without incident. Yesterday, at the ceremony to announce the results a riot broke out when fans of the Gavioes (the Samba school of the Corinthians football team) took a dislike to being marked down for one of the categories. Have a look.
Now I don’t know about you but this doesn’t really seem to be in the spirit of Carnaval? It’s also quite ironic that a group of football fans, notorious for their violence, get so worked up about what is essentially a dancing competition. Needless to say it probably also doesn’t make sense to have said Samba schools represented by football teams in the first place, especially ones that hate each other. Or to have them all crammed together for the announcement of the results. Anyway, that’s just my opinion.
However, one positive outcome out of all this is that my sister-in-law and I are now even. She visited us in London during the riots so both of us have now seen the worst of the yoof of our respective countries.
Anyway, enough for the excitement of Carnaval. I’m off to the beach for a good rest. Life is tough here.