Thursday, May 28, 2009

BARCA V MAN U - TWO QUESTONS

Yesterday evening Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0 in the European Champions League final. As I’ve supported Barca for over 20 years and Man U never I am happy enough with that. However I do have two questions.


During the game the Italian Premier, Silvio Berlusconi, was flanked by the Spanish King and the Spanish Prime Minister. Protocol would have only allowed that if no ranking Briton was present. So where were the members of the Royal Family and the British Prime Minister?


Now to Gibraltar which has a special relationship with Cataluña because of the latter’s desire to cede from Spain. When I was in Gibraltar yesterday I saw many Gibraltarians wearing Man U shirts – indeed there is even a team named Manchester United in the local soccer league. However Gibraltar also has a very strong Barcelona supporters club. Some years ago I reported on this club, which if I am not wrong although I frequently am, is the largest outside of Spain. So given this strong following for Man U and Barca – who did Gibraltar support last night?

5 comments:

Adam said...

Wonder if there are any Real Madrid supporters on the Rock?

Joe said...

... only some GSD supporters!

Mike said...

There has never been a famous or even well known Gibraltar soccer player - or sportsman/woman come to that. Llanitos are purely spectators!

Anonymous said...

Tony Macedo played in goal for Wimbledon FC in the 60's. He played for England under-23's for a few seasons, but failed the "UK-born" test to follow through by playing for England because he was born in Gibraltar...

'Sancho' said...

Tony Macedo may well have played for Wimbledon but he is still a legend amongst older supporters at Craven Cottage where he was the sung and unsung hero of a fine Fulham team that never quite achieved its potential. And yes people did ask why he wasn't picked for the full England side.