I started out supporting all the teams that wore red, which basically meant Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal.2002 wc was the first time I saw the game. I was 10 and became a huge fan of that Brazilian side. The way they played football was beautiful. In the same tournament I also became a fan of Beckham and scholes. After that I watched them sparingly as PL got more coverage than other leagues. But the game that made me their fan was the 4-3 win over Madrid. Even though we got knocked out but really started to love the team. Since then I have been following them.
Had a similar experience at Uni in 2008 European Cup final. Bar was mainly United fans, as it went down to Pens and all John had to do was put it away i remember turning away thinking I couldn’t look but then I did at the last moment thinking you have to see this through to the end. The scenes when he missed. Knew we were going to win when Anderson just smashed it down the middle- best & most crucial thing he ever did for us.I live in Kazakhstan. Local football culture is virtually non existent, so those of us who enjoy quality football have to chose other nations to support.
I started to support England since 1990 when I was 11. Remember that team? Lineker, Gazza, Shilton...Lost to Germans in the semis.
Then Germany won 1996 Euros in England. They were a powerhouse back in 1990s. By 1999 I had become quite a hater of German football.
May 26, 1999. My University mates who supported United invited me to the bar to watch that game.
I never liked club football. The game was boring as shit.
There was a group of middle aged men next table in the bar who were drinking Bavaria (a beer), and praising “German machine”. “Germans always win”, “Nobody stand a chance against Germany because they make Mercedes, and, therefore, they are good at machines”. Weird, nonsensical, “racist-ish” but very (almost universal) common opinion from the people who like football as a garnish for their alcohol.
1.5 hours into the game, I realized that everything I wanted in my life in that particular evening was that “the machine” would be beaten. I wanted nothing more.
In 2 minutes, United turned me into the happiest person in the world. After the game, we left the bar into pouring rain, we were walking wet through and sang songs and chants. That was a completely new, exciting experience.
So you're a United fan because of Vinnie Jones!The movie Eurotrip. Living in America we didn’t have many games on tv but I always enjoyed watching any match that was on. I was in college when the movie came out and I knew it was time to to pick a team. Those crazy hooligans sold me on United!