kimchi_chigae wrote:Are you a supported of the US, Spain or England, AD? Or just a supporter of well played soccer like Mookie?
Hmmm... I wouldn't really call myself a national team supporter, or at least, a die-hard. A few of my friends are a bit confused as to why I don't really support Spain being that I'm half-Spanish, have family living in Barcelona, and many a trip there. However, like virtually all folks in that region of Spain (Catalunya/Catalonia), we see ourselves as Catalans first, Spaniards second and then there are the crazies who don't consider themselves Spanish, much like the way Spanish Basques feel because they have their own language, culture, etc. Some see supporting the Spanish national team as supporting a team that embodies centralization for a nation that Catalans don't really want to be a part of and some will go as far as saying supporting Spain is no different from that of Real Madrid, who for many Catalans isn't just the Evil Empire, but a representation for Fascist repression of their way of life. By the same token, Barcelona is like the Catalans' national team and therefore, the Spanish national team is met with apathy. However, times are changing because Catalonia now has greater pull in government and that has changed on the pitch because a number of Catalans play for the side now (i.e. Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas) and to a certain extent, they play the way Barcelona do now, albeit I'd say it's a bastardized version of it.
That said, I've always wished Spain the best, but when things go good or really great like when they broke the 44-year jinx last year, I don't get too excited or too happy. Consequently, when they lose or don't play well, I don't take it too hard. When they won Euro 2008, I felt more of a feeling that I'm glad they finally won something, but it wasn't one of those times where I threw a massive fiesta when it happened.
As for the US, I'm not a fan and I admit I don't follow the national team all too often aside from the major tournaments, but again, any progress they make is wonderful. It's a game that gets a very bad rap here because it's misunderstood, but the hopes are if the national team does well, then some will rally behind it and stick with it.
Ah, England. So, here's my bit with England. I've visited there as many times as I have Spain/Catalonia, and in fact, more times. It's sort of become more of a second home to me in some respects. That said, I'm not an England die-hard for a few reasons: I'm not English, it's not my country of origin, and I happened to support a team (Manchester United) whose die-hard Manchester-based fan base are practically the same way Barcelona fans and Catalans feel about Spain, to some degree.
That said, I do follow England as heavily as I do Spain and in fact, I associate some of the best moments of my life with those in London when Euro 96 happened.