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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 19 October 2004 04:25 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
the guardian

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Inter Milan has donated €5,000 (£3,475), an ambulance and the captain's No 4 black and blue team shirt to one of the last strongholds of the ragtag Zapatista army in a gesture of solidarity for the indigenous people of Chiapas in southern Mexico.

The Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos - a non-indigenous university graduate turned rebel - has reportedly expressed his appreciation in an internet communique accompanied with a photo of him sporting the Inter captain's shirt.

Argentinian star Javier Zanetti, the team captain, talked his club into donating its changing room fines for late arrival or using mobile phones to help villagers rebuild after the village of Zinacantán was reportedly attacked by government military forces in April.

"We believe in a better world, in an unglobalised world, enriched by the cultural differences and customs of all the people. This is why we want to support you in this struggle to maintain your roots and fight for your ideals," Zanetti wrote in a note to the village, posted along with the first instalment of €2,500.



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kingblake
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posted 19 October 2004 01:40 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's fucking great! Have you ever seen former Napoli midfielder Diego Maradona's Che tatoo?

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posted 19 October 2004 01:52 PM      Profile for FakeDesignerWatch   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by kingblake:
That's fucking great! Have you ever seen former Napoli midfielder Diego Maradona's Che tatoo?

To describe Maradona as a "former Napoli midfielder" is like describing Gretzky as a "former Ranger forward". You could just say "Diego" and much of the world would know who you were talking about.


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posted 19 October 2004 03:02 PM      Profile for Sean Cain   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's awesome that Zanetti donates funds and goods to the Zapatistas. I'm just surprised it's coming from Inter, a team with fans that have a horrible history of ultra right-wing activities and racist attitudes towards foreign players. Several African players have left the club in the past solely for this reason.

If you want left-wing fans, look at AC Milan and Roma. You'll always see huge banners at their home games with anti-Bush or anti-war messages. Cool.

As for Maradona, he's lived in Cuba for several years and likes it there. There's no media there to hound him on a daily basis.

Does anyone know of any other progressive-minded football players? Just curious.


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posted 19 October 2004 03:43 PM      Profile for runner     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Sean Cain:

Does anyone know of any other progressive-minded football players? Just curious.


No-one from today springs to mind but I am sure Shankly is smiling


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 19 October 2004 04:04 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
brian clough, recently deceased and the two-time winner of the european cup as a manager of nottingham forest, let striking miners in free to the football ground when he was manager of derby.
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posted 19 October 2004 05:36 PM      Profile for f1 dad     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm quite confident that Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo are progressive minded footballers simply because it would break my heart if either of them were to make pro-Bush comments.

The book How Soccer Explains the World is an interesting read which discusses some of the links between soccer and politics.


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posted 24 October 2004 04:55 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In unrelated football news, Paul Gascoigne has now officially changed his name toG8. No joke.
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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 12 May 2005 05:51 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
more news:

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"I challenge you to a match against a team from the Zapatista national liberation army at a time and a place to be determined ... Given the affection we have for you, we're not planning to submerge you in goals ... As we wait for your reply, we'll continue with our rigorous training regime."

The captain of Inter Milan football club says he would be willing to take up an invitation for the club to play a team of Mexican Zapatista rebels.

Rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos asked Inter to bring the match ball because the Zapatistas' ones were punctured.

Inter - one of Italy's biggest and most famous clubs - have built links with the Zapatistas by funding sports, water and health projects in their area of operation in Chiapas.



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posted 12 May 2005 06:07 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm a hockey fan, but I did come to appreciate footy when my middle aged cousin in England kept the ball away from me for something like 20 minutes on the pitch all those years ago. I once saw Jurgen Klinsman run like the wind for a crosser, drop to the back of his shoulders and scissors kick the ball out of mid air and into the net. I knew then that there was only one "Cup."

But think I'm an Inter fan, now. Go Italia!


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quote:
Originally posted by Sean Cain:
It's awesome that Zanetti donates funds and goods to the Zapatistas. I'm just surprised it's coming from Inter, a team with fans that have a horrible history of ultra right-wing activities and racist attitudes towards foreign players. Several African players have left the club in the past solely for this reason.

If you want left-wing fans, look at AC Milan and Roma. You'll always see huge banners at their home games with anti-Bush or anti-war messages. Cool.


Perhaps this may be of interest: if you want a dose of left-wing supporters, you may want to check out an Italian club called Livorno (yes, the same Livorno where Antonio Gramsci, among others, founded the Italian Communist Party (PCI)). Their supporters are generally counted among the most hardcore left-wing in Italy and are often seen waving Soviet flags and other banners and flags of the splintered Italian communist movement.

While AC Milan and Roma are definitely the 'left-wing' clubs of their respective cities (as opposed to Internazionale and Lazio (a club with noted fascist sympathies and, incidentally, the club supported by Mussolini) respectively) they do tend to gather a more diverse support base (politically speaking) than a club like Livorno.


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Yeah, there is that bit of history about Lazio and their fans:

As he guided Lazio to a conclusive victory over hated Roman rivals Roma, Paolo di Canio couldn't resist celebrating by racing over to the Lazio Ultras and saluting them, with his right arm stretched at an angle, with palm flattened.


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quote:
Originally posted by Robert James:
While AC Milan and Roma are definitely the 'left-wing' clubs of their respective cities (as opposed to Internazionale and Lazio)
Are we sure of that? I thought Inter was the club the unions supported, while AC has always been the more rightist one. Besides, AC is owned by Berlesconi.

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