The most important and popular sport at Vancouver and in general in Canada is hockey… (Remember just say hockey, you will never heard “ice hockey “from a Canadian) And here everybody loves their team, The Canucks. They feel it like something personal and it´s absolutely amazing how the people get involved in their games.
In Madrid this is quite different. First of all we are not really into hockey… the sport without any doubt which goes mad the people, is the football. But the second big difference is that in Madrid we don´t support the same team…not at all! There are tons of different teams, but historically and still in the present the people like one of the two “main” teams, of course as you can guess they are rivals, so you just can belong to one of them; these teams are the Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid.
Real Madrid has win in several times the national league, the Champions and all the possible competitions…they are famous everywhere, they have the most popular, expensive players and the people pay crazy amounts of money for their shirts and to see them playing… the companies all over the world want them to become their image, the teenagers get crazy with Cristiano Ronaldo and his six pack…
On the other hand we have my Atletico de Madrid, who wins some times and lose a couple of other times, but when it wins everybody celebrate it! (yeah is not that common like with Real Madrid) It has good players as well, but not so many “football starts” like Real Madrid can have.
We have a saying in Madrid that say… “Del atletico se nace, del Real Madrid se hace” whose translation can be something like “Atletico´s fans were born to be fans, Real Madrid´s fan just become fans”. And that´s because the fans of Atletico are well-known everywhere for their fidelity and for being hopeful with the team even if the results are not as good as expected! If you support it, you will support forever!
In you are into football you will know Barcelona Football team, which is the other Spanish big team! Of course there is polemic and rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona as well…
I just notice how polemic the Spanish we are! Yeah another difference with Canadians for sure!
If you read the post you will know of with team I am, but you can NOT forget your values and respect the others! That´s much more important than just win! Fair play!
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