Celtic fans vs Barça fans

The musical, by Richard Strauss.

The Dutch state windmiller most kindly invited one to sit a few rows below the Scottish pen at the Barça-Celtic home leg in our version of the Coliseum a fortnight ago. Above, once they had recovered from the disappointment of queuing for non-existent alcoholic beer, the heroes (MP3) clambered up the netting and bellowed their glorious sectarian anthems. Meanwhile our neighbours bickered and grumbled (MP3; Joan Laporta = 2-tuba Fafner?) like souk vendors on a quiet day, chomping their sandwiches, slurping their camomile tea, and struggling to come to terms with the emotional consequences of supporting the Best Team in the World. Pío Baroja would have found here evidence for his theories of European ethnicity, and he might even have enjoyed the football.

I haven’t played football for 10 years – my last, inglorious efforts were in the company of fat, hirsute academics who thought it amusing to play National Front pub teams on Saturday mornings as a means of working off their hangovers. However, I love going to matches, though the beer issue means I tend to prefer local teams. From what happens to Jeff Schwensen in Safety Not Guaranteed, it appears that even this small freedom is denied to the American public.

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The recordings are Barbirolli/LSO from God knows when.
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Last updated 09/11/2012

This post pre-dates my organ-grinding days, and may be imported from elsewhere.

Association football (72):

Celtic F.C. (1): The Celtic Football Club are a professional football club based in Glasgow, Scotland, which plays in the Scottish Premiership.

Ein Heldenleben (1): Ein Heldenleben, Op.

Fafnir (1): In Norse mythology, Fáfnir or Frænir is a son of the dwarf king Hreidmar and brother of Regin, Ótr, Lyngheiðr and Lofnheiðr.

FC Barcelona (4): Futbol Club Barcelona), commonly known as Barcelona and familiarly as Barça, is a professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto "Més que un club".

Joan Laporta (1): Joan Laporta Estruch is a Spanish politician and former president of FC Barcelona between 2003 and 2010. Laporta is a lawyer with his own firm, Laporta & Arbós, which has important firms as clients.

Kaleboel (4325):

Pío Baroja (21): Pío Baroja y Nessi was a Spanish writer, one of the key novelists of the Generation of '98.

Richard Strauss (1): Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras.

Safety Not Guaranteed (1): Safety Not Guaranteed is a 2012 American science-fiction romantic comedy film directed by Colin Trevorrow.


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