The Eye Of The Storm: Luis Suarez Prepares To Jettison Liverpool For Madrid

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. moethebarman says:

    I listened to an interview with Tony Adams a few years back and he was reminded that as a kid he was a West Ham fan. He was asked who he supported now, West Ham or Arsenal. He answered ‘neither’, that as a player you don’t support a team. Starting from fairly early on, footballers are occupied on matchdays so don’t get to go and watch games and don’t build up the passion and fervour that fans do. As a professional footballer you can’t afford to have an attachment to a club you may end up playing against. It was an eye-opening interview for me, something that never even crossed my mind that footballers may not actually ‘support’ the team they play for. Can you imagine a fan of any team playing and scoring against their own club?

  2. Good riddance I reckon, he has been nothing but controversy since he came through the Anfield gates, let him, bring in someone who respects the shirt instead!

  1. June 2, 2013

    […] “The disconnect between the reality of the professional footballer’s relationship with the game and the package that we are sold is one of the greatest disconnects between the reality of the game and the mental image of it that we are expected to swallow. Much as we like to kid ourselves – and, indeed, it’s possible to argue that we need to be able to build this mental construct in order to maintain our interest in the game – otherwise, though, that love affair between fans and players is not an evenly-distributed two-way street. Footballers are professionals, and unlike the rest of us their retirement age is not only young, but also indeterminate and also comes with no guarantees of any other career paths becoming available once those leg muscles have become a little too tight to keep up with younger players.” twohundredpercent […]

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