Most of you following us here at Pondering Calcio probably have some kind of love for a club. For a lot of you it’s Juventus while it for others, myself included, is something else. My love for Napoli however doesn’t mean that I’m unable to see the charm in other clubs. My passion for Italian football is rather broad and few clubs really nourish my hate. I even support both Milan and Inter in Europe even if I hate the former’s president and lament the latter’s dominance.
I think it’s rather common among football fans to have fond feelings for other clubs than your true love. Clubs that spark memories and imagination. I’m going to entertain you with mine. That’s the upside of having a blog.
As a fan of a southern club I tend to support the other southern clubs as well. In recent years the south have fared a bit better with clubs like my beloved Napoli and Palermo growing to be real contenders, but also clubs like Bari, Lecce, Messina, Catania, and Reggina have had stints in Serie A. I like that and nine times out of ten I will support the south against the north.
Palermo is a southern rival to Napoli but I regard them more as southern brothers (or sisters – completing the boy/girl theme of pink and sky blue…). Watching football from Renzo Babera is always a pleasure. Cool stadium, great crowd, and a superb connection between fans and players.
Another Serie A team I really like is Roma. I know I’m supposed to hate them and that one of the highlights of the season should be to beat them in the Derby del Sole. While the latter is true I simply cannot hate Roma. I love Francesco Totti, the passion of the players and fans and their hysterical tendencies – and their shirts are cool as well. I really hope for them that they can get their economy sorted out so they can fly the banner of Roman civilization all across Europe. The eternal city deserves it.
While Roma and Palermo are the two top tier clubs I sympathize the most with apart from Napoli, there are also a couple of smaller clubs I would love to see back in Serie A. One of them is Venezia. A club which was ironically owned by Maurizio Zamparini before he took his money and some players to Palermo where the potential was and is bigger.
I have been in Venice several times as a tourist and not only one the classic one day trips. The weeks I’ve spend in the fantastic city have made me fall in love it and as a side effect also view their orange/black/green football team with fondness. The club is now in Serie D after a series of the all too common financial problems, but football at the Pierluigi Penzo stadium is still something special as it’s placed on one of the many islands of the lagoon and that you cannot go there without having a boat.
Between a marina and the park where the world famous bi-annual art exhibition Biennale di Venezia is held you’ll find a run down stadium. A scene bridging 1000 years of history of glory and crisis, romance and reality. I need to go there in the football season soon. Forza Venezia!
So – do you have any pet teams from the lower leagues? Or do you find it hard to hate the city rivals you’re supposed to loathe? Speak you mind and heart in the comment box.
Photo by April C.