Brand Loyal: Why I Want AC Milan

I noted yesterday that I wanted to face Milan in the CL because I was hoping to get revenge on Ibra. In a response, reader ElShowdeJason said the following: “Are we going to get revenge on Ibra for giving us a great season and then receiving a boot in the ass?” It’s a valid question and I’d like to discuss the notion of loyalty, fealty, etc, as it applies in this case: to me and to my sentiments. It’s my blog after all.

Before we go further, I’d like to make the point that Jason is completely entitled to his opinion. This is important not simply because it’s not the opinion I share and I want to be respectful, but because if there weren’t diverse opinions on a matter related to FCB, there’d be no sense in continuing to write this blog.

What I said, to recap, was “…Milan is who I want [in the next round of the Champions League] because I’m a vindictive and horrible human being.” I’m not sure I’m actually particularly vindictive, but I’ve at least got traces of it and I’m not above pointing out who my sporting enemies are. I hate the Dallas Cowboys, for instance, and the New York Yankees. And Brett Favre. And of course I hate Real Madrid. But I also hate anyone who attacks my team’s coach. That includes Cristiano Ronaldo’s physical shove in El Clásico and it includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s verbal idiocy after he was offloaded by Barça this past summer.

I was an Ibra defender up until the day he left the squad and I’ll always be a defender of his on-the-field performances. They were, actually, quite good. Was he Messi-like? No, of course not, but no one else in the world has Messi’s output over the last couple of years. I’m not sure anyone ever suggested Ibra would take over Messi’s position as undisputed FCB scoring leader, so that shouldn’t be a consideration when judging Ibra a success or failure. But I’m not here to discuss that. Rather, I’m here to say that a player who leaves a club is free to say whatever he wishes and he should do so if he feels like he has a grievance to air.

Ibra and Guardiola obviously don’t get along. That’s fine. But when you talk trash about Guardiola, you talk trash about my club, my coach, and what I love. So you better believe I’m going to want to smash you in the mouth (with goals because I actually abhorrer violence). If you’re on the side of the player in that you think he was screwed by Barça, then fine, but it strikes me as having blinders on to fail to see how badly Ibra has handled the situation.

Naturally the same can be said of my point-of-view, except that Guardiola has at least been civil in public. That goes a long ways in my book. Hleb, for instance, bitched and moaned about Barcelona and that means I never want to see him around again. Ibra is doing the same, calling Guardiola this and that. That might be odd, of course, going up against how I feel about employers and employees (always on the side of employees), but in the world of soccer, I’m all about some Barça. There’s only one sure-fire way to make me dislike a player who I liked or at least didn’t hold anything against: having that player talk some serious shiznit about my club.

So, to answer the question “Are we going to get revenge on Ibra for giving us a great season and then receiving a boot in the ass?” directly: No, we’re going to get revenge on Ibra for being a spoiled, petulant turdbucket after he transferred away. I’m not taking away the right of anyone to like who they like and how they like them, but I’m going to be over here being brand loyal to my club regardless.

Do I like Sandro Rosell? No. But will I put Ibra over Rosell? Nope. Sure, Sandrusco isn’t my favorite, but neither is The Artist Formerly Known as BANGS and I’ll take the asshat who’s on my side over the guy who’s throwing rotten eggs at my yard party any day. Remember how I love Yaya? Well he’s never talked smack so I get to continue to love him, which is great for me. Not that I watch ManCity games or really care how he’s doing. There was so much potential with Ibra, but for whatever reason—either his own or Guardiola’s inability to talk face-to-face and get over a perceived slight and just be professional—Ibra decided that the best path forward was to attack that which I love. And for that, you get labeled a jerk, a tool, and someone I’d like to crush in the CL.

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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater New York City area with his wife and daughter.

147 Comments

  1. K(legit)
    December 10, 2010

    Well its the best we could hope for I guess
    I hope Rossel doesn’t end the UNICEF collaboration next season 🙁

    • barca96
      December 10, 2010

      I thought they signed an entension just recently.

      • K(legit)
        December 10, 2010

        ahh good then..I had not read that news

  2. December 10, 2010

    I sent this through my twitter to Rosell. I hope he take one of my suggestions for the following seasons:

    Dear Sandro,I have some great sponsorship plans for Barcelona in the coming seasons:

    1)Microsoft charity foundation on the sleeves
    2)Budweiser association for orphans on the shirt back.
    3)Burger King project to fight poverty on the shirt front.
    4)players can tattoo Paris Hilton on their foreheads4charity.

    U got majority of votes.Do what you have to do without smoking bombs.We’re not stupid.I’LL ANGRILY GO&CUT FLOWERS!Regards,,

  3. Eklavya
    December 10, 2010

    WOW, you’re joking right?

    I think I’ll buy this years jersey NOW.

  4. BA
    December 10, 2010

    this can’t be true.

  5. BA
    December 10, 2010

    now at least we understand what Rosell’s persistent whining and deliberate exaggeration of the club debt has been about: preparing the ground for a big shirt sponsorship he’s always wanted. i cannot believe cules will stand for this.

  6. sab
    December 10, 2010

    @all about barcelona.please read the salgado interview in the guardian.he said that florentino hired mou just to do a job and ultimately when his job is done,florentino has to hire someone who can represent the values of real madrid.so i strongly disagree that pep was hired to do a job.he was hired to do a job by representing the values of barca.(thats why mou wasnt hired,i remember EMD & SPORT went overboard for mou at that time,)thats why in his every press conference he uttered his words humbly an cautiously.

    club loyalty is that whatever the club did on the field u have to support then and love them.the important words are “on the field”.it doesnt mean we have 2 defend every action taken by the clubs and its leaders.thats why many here criticize the shirt sponsorship deal.i personally think the etoo ibra deal was a mega mistake by pep.he persuaded the club to go through that deal.we crticized him but at the same time we stick by him(loyalty,eh).

    ibra has the right to criticize.he had a decent season.but calling someone a retard(by his agent),a wannabe gandhi like philosopher, belittling his achievements as a coach(by saying he could won the hexa if he were the coach),are not criticizing,its called bad mouthing.

    despite what u say i think 99%barca fans had a special spot for etoo.despite the feeling by pep,he never criticized or bad mouthing him.thats called professionalism

    completely agree with u that if we meet milan ac,then good for us,cause high probability that we will win not because we can teach ibra a lesson.

    thanks and regards

  7. sab
    December 10, 2010

    the world is ruled by money.there is no money in being sentimental,unique and being traditional.sighhhhhhhhhhhh.

    give me that smuck laporta.

    well played by rossel.he highlighted the fiscal state of barca to go through this deal

  8. K(legit)
    December 10, 2010

    Came across this one on FB
    “If Xavi wins the golden ball…. He’ll pass it”

    • sab
      December 10, 2010

      the question is?to whom?iniesta or messi?

  9. Christopher
    December 10, 2010

    Ibrahimovich will get revnege on you.

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