Hola amigos and fellow Sevillistas
My name is Rich and Iḿ 37 and from Liverpool (how Blind Date did that sound?)
Don’t be put off by the name, it’s just a podcast I run and I won’t be plugging it here without permission. Believe me I’m here for purely reasons of pleasure.
Since my first visit to family in Mallorca, I’ve wanted to live in Spain. I love everything about the place. I was lucky in that pretty much every year, we would visit and I got to stay with family so saw the real Spain, not the tourist alternative.
Anyway, while I used to watch some Spanish football, I was never a “fan” until one day in a bar in Liverpool I was fed up of hearing people talk about Real Madrid and their Galacticos. This was in 2003/04 and I was watching Sevilla v Real Madrid and the Sanchez Pizjuan. No one was giving Sevilla any credit, so I decided I’d be the only person in the bar to support Sevilla.
When Sevilla scored, I cheered. I was the only one but it felt right and it has done ever since, so here we are, 17 years later still cheering Sevilla.
I’ve become so disillusioned with Premier League football now that it’s time to make La Liga and the Bundesliga (also a Gladbach fan) my main leagues. Given that this comes at a time that my hometown team Liverpool have just won their first league title in 30 years, this tells you just how little respect I have for what the Premier League has now become.
Will I still watch big Liverpool games? Of course. I could no more turn off my love for the team that bares my city’s name than I could stop breathing but I simply don’t enjoy watching the league as a whole any more. The league became more about hate than enjoyment, more about rivalry than respect and that’s not who I am as a person or a football fan.
The rivalry Sevilla has with Betis? That’s what I want in my life. The respect that true fans of La Liga have for football? That’s what I want to spend my time being a part of.
So, thank you for the add. I hope to speak to more of you as this season comes to its close and of course as next season begins.