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- Blackburn Rovers are my favourite football team. When I emmigrated to England from Canada as a kid, they were geographically the closest team to where I settled. I quickly became a passionate fan for life, and I have attended plenty of their matches over the years. Sure when I started supporting them, they were one of the best teams in English football, but I continued to back them pretty fanatically and go to their matches even after they were relegated from the Premiership in 1999. Blackburn is a very small and unfashionable place, and the football team represents the real focal point of the town.
- Being a Vancouvian I also root for the Vancouver Whitecaps. They are currently playing in the USL first division, with is one notch below the MLS in the North America football pyramid. One of our best moments was hammering Sunderland (an English Premiership team at the time) 3-0 in a friendly in 2005.
- I have strong Northern Ireland and in particular East Belfast connections, so naturally I love Glentoran. The Glens, like other teams in Northern Ireland, are semi-professional, but there are advantages to that, as their players are truly in it for the love of the game. I've been to the Oval to watch them in action a couple of times, and I've enjoyed it. Their local rivalry with Linfield (I've been lucky enough to see a derby between the teams live), is fierce but thankfully it doesn't have anything to do with religion.
- Ever since I've started following football, I've enjoyed watching La Liga, which in my opinion is currently the best league in the world. Valencia have been easily my favourite Spanish team since the mid-nineties.
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What are the odds that Glentoran would be followed by Glenavon in this thread? About the same as either team winning the Champion's League, I think.
My memory is being taken to games on Sat. afternoon by my older sister's boyfriend. It was usually cold, wet, windy and miserable, but these sufferings were compensated for by being introduced to beer and ciggies at too young an age.
We hated Linfield too. But I do not know why you said the rivalry was not religious. Linfield was 100% Prod and the Glens 100% Micks. It was worse than Celtic-Rangers. Hopefully things have changed.
If I remember right the great Glenavon star was Jimmy Jones, but I may be thinking of that great 50's single ''Handyman.'' Definitely not the same Jimmy Jones.

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São Paulo FC, by heritage. I also happen to live near the club and my parents are members.

My earliest vivid (and painful) memory is the 1990 Brazilian Championship when we reached the final and lost to our rivals Corinthians 1-0.

My best memory is a tough call between winning the Toyota Cup for the first time against Barcelona (coming back from 0-1 to win 2-1), and the Libertadores title in 2005 when we thrashed Atletico Paranaense in the final 4-0 and I happened to be at the match.

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Buddy, I know you weren't around when Belfast Celtic were still going.

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Club Social y Deportivo Colo Colo

Chilean Liga: 27
Copa Libertadores:1991

I didn`t watch Copa Libertadores because I was 1 year old, my first remenbers are from 1996 nice team..... also semifinals in Libertadores Cup 97(lose in penalty kicks to former champions Cruzeiro).

Great Players I have seen in Colo Colo:
-Marcelo Espina
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-Marcelo Barticcioto
-Sebastian Gonzalez
-ARTURO VIDAL
-Matias Fernandez(he is now playing crappy football in Villareal)
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-Lukas Tudor(good player, not great thought)
-Humberto Suazo
-Ivan Zamorano
-Claudio Arbiza
-El lonco Francisco anderson Huaiquipan
-Gonzalo Fierro
-Nicolas Cordoba
-Javier Margas
-Miguel Ramirez
-Fernando Vergara
-Miguelito Riffo


Colo Colo always play attack style. But with Spartan heart, were not like Universidad Catolica(Chokers,$$$$,wealthy club like PSV that not wins nothing) and Universidad de Chile who is an awful team


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Belfast Celtic? I will check them out.
I just googled Jimmy Jones. He scored 74 goals in the 1956-57 season. A record that still stands. That was probably the reason I got my first beer and fag. I was 13.

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Buddy, I know you weren't around when Belfast Celtic were still going.
Yes I was around - well, at least crawling around.
Belfast Celtic abandoned the league on Boxing Day, 1948. During a match with hated Prod rivals Linfield the Linfield fans invaded the pitch and beat up the Celtic players, including a broken leg. Since the glorious Royal Ulster Constabulary was not too efficient at defending Celtic, they decided to quit.

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okay, then, this is my all-time NOB:
GK: Norberto Scoponi
D: Fabian Basualdo, Fernando Gamboa, Mauricio Pochettino, Roberto Sensini.
M: Gerardo Martino, Américo Gallego, Mario Zanabria
S: Abel Balbo, Roque Alfaro, Sergio Almirón (père)
Those are the only ones I know of those you posted.
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Club Social y Deportivo Colo Colo

Chilean Liga: 27
Copa Libertadores:1991

I didn`t watch Copa Libertadores because I was 1 year old, my first remenbers are from 1996 nice team..... also semifinals in Libertadores Cup 97(lose in penalty kicks to former champions Cruzeiro).

Great Players I have seen in Colo Colo:
-Marcelo Espina
-Marcelo ''RAMBO'' Ramirez
-Marcelo Barticcioto
-Sebastian Gonzalez
-ARTURO VIDAL
-Matias Fernandez(he is now playing crappy football in Villareal)
-Alexis Sanchez
-Ivo Basay
-Lukas Tudor(good player, not great thought)
-Humberto Suazo
-Ivan Zamorano
-Claudio Arbiza
-El lonco Francisco anderson Huaiquipan
-Gonzalo Fierro
-Nicolas Cordoba
-Javier Margas
-Miguel Ramirez
-Fernando Vergara
-Miguelito Riffo


Colo Colo always play attack style. But with Spartan heart, were not like Universidad Catolica(Chokers,$$$$,wealthy club like PSV that not wins nothing) and Universidad de Chile who is an awful team
Arturo is now playing very well in Germany, and Ivan was simply great in Italy.

My team is Eintracht Frankfurt since 1990. Hmmm, what was my first remembrance with them? In fact I don't really know, because I have already been a football fan before. But I remember I was in Summer 91 at a friendly match at a (then time) 3rd league team, where I could get real contact to the team. After that I got a mad "practice watcher", means I went regularily to watch the practice. And though I don't go to the practice anymore, I'm still a fan of the team.

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While I was probably wrong to say the Glens-Linfield has nothing to do with religion, I still don't think has been such an issue recently. They are both protestant clubs. Over the years and decades the Glens have been far more willing to allow Catholic players onto their team than Linfield. Blues fans have taunted their Glens counterparts about being 'catholic lovers' in the past because of this, but thankfully that has gradually become less of a problem, and recently Linfield have signed more and more Catholic players.
Glens fans taunt Blues fans about being Glasgow Rangers wannabes, but in truth most Glens fans also support Rangers as well.
There has been a lot of hooliganism at Glens-Blues matches in the past, but I honestly think that the hatred of each others' clubs is not based on religion. They are 2 biggest clubs in Northern Ireland, and have continually battled it out for major honours seemingly season after season and the outcomes of their matches often have a major bearing on where the title will be heading, it's no surprise that they don't like each other.
Now Linfield-Belfast Celtic, Linfield-Cliftonville and Linfield-Donegal Celtic fixtures have been marred by Sectarian and religious induced problems in the past, but not Linfield-Glentoran in my opinon.
The Glens beating Linfield on Boxing Day last December (the first time they had won a boxing day derby day fixture for 18 years) was great.
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Zamorano had his best years playing for Real in Spain and not in Italy. He played well for Inter, but had a much better scoring record in Spain.
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While I was probably wrong to say the Glens-Linfield has nothing to do with religion, I still don't think has been such an issue recently. They are both protestant clubs.
No, you were right, the Glens were Prods too. Now I am confused as to why the great rivalry. I always assumed that in Nor Iron, rivalries were always religion-inspired. Only thing different I can think of now is that they are on different banks of the Lagan.

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I am only going on memories, but I don't think the Glens were ever a ''protestant'' club. East Belfast is/was a Catholic enclave and the fact that Boxing Day Derbies are now Linfield/Glens replacing the old Linfield/Celtic matches suggests that the Glens were the Catholic replacement for Celtic.
Anyway I hope all this has disappeared by now, at least in terms of players. But, as in Glasgow, the ''old'' rivalry may still add to the atmosphere in the stands, even though the players are now more likely to be Muslim than Christian!
Nah East Belfast is a predominately Protestant area. It's West Belfast that has been a Catholic stronghold, and Donegal Celtic who hail from there are a Catholic Club. For as long as I can remember, the vast majority of the Glen's fanbase have been Protestant. In fact a fixture between us and Lisburn Distillery in 2003, was marred by sectarian induced crowd trouble between their Catholic supporters and our Protestant ones.
Glentoran are a Protestant club, but the difference between Linfield and us, is that Glentoran have had a more tolerant approach to Catholics in the past, while Linfield have been more fiercely defensive of their Protestant roots, and far less willing to allow Catholics on board.
Religion wasn't factor in Glens-Blues became the Boxing Day derby fixture. We weren't a catholic replacement for Celtic, we were a footballing one. Without Celtic out of the pixture, it was clear that the Blues and the Glens were now easily the two biggest clubs in the land with the most supporters, so it was a natural choice. Donegal Celtic hadn't been founded then, and the Catholic club Cliftonville from North Belfast weren't a major force in N.Irish football at the time.
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No, you were right, the Glens were Prods too. Now I am confused as to why the great rivalry. I always assumed that in Nor Iron, rivalries were always religion-inspired. Only thing different I can think of now is that they are on different banks of the Lagan.
Sorry I replied to your post before you had a chance to edit it. Never mind.
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