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This is fine

An occasional update on my murky links with Premier League’s team Aston Villa. I must admit things are not going well on that respect. Last May I lost this bet as the Villans were slaughtered four nil; and I still have to send my dues – one bottle of grappa – to the old moose Thomas. But things got even worse this season, with Aston Villa loosing virtually every single match they played and occupying the rock bottom of the ranking. I had some hope things might improve with the window of transfers in January. But they did not: Aston Villa signed no one. How a team in such deep trouble can do no business whatsoever in a transfer window almost beggars belief.


No team with 13 points or fewer from 24 games has ever avoided relegation. Or, as it has been kindly put by some pundits, the Villans are now staring relegation right between the eyes. Once again, someone on the other shore of the Ocean is making fun of me.

It’s on

You might remember my previous posts about Aston Villa. It is now time for you to know that Thomas is a loyal Arsenal supporter – which, living in Canada is not easy: you on game day have to go to the pub at 11 in the morning.

Both our teams had a miserable season – more Villa than Arsenal, to be fair. But they had an amazing run in the F.A. Cup. They are playing the final now and we are both watching.

wembley 30 may 2015


A Villan

Aston Villa Football Club, also known as Villa, The Villa, or The Villans, is a professional football club based Birmingham. The team is among the oldest football clubs in the history of English sports and it is famous for having exhibited a surprising determination in remaining in the Premier League over the last twenty years without winning a single trophy. Mind you: though unimpressive it can seem on the outside, this is a club capable of hiring players who say stuff like: I’d like to play for an Italian club like Barcelona (Mark Draper) or Allegations are all very well but I would like to know who these alligators are (Ron Saunders).

So I have been timidly supporting the Villans for the last few years. I think it all began when Marco spent a brief period in Birmingham and provided me with some excellent merchandising – notably, a very fin claret scarf that I love to wear when I attend any kind of sport event, regardless of the team. This, in fact, has caused some troubles when Fiorentina played against Torino, a team whose colors are alarmingly similar to those of the Villans.

The reason why I am writing about this now is twofold. First, over the last few months I came to the realization that my social life luck goes hand in hand with the destiny of the club. January and February were highly unimpressive months for me and it was in that period that Aston Villa lost every single match they played. However, as March arrived, the team rebounded and got a couple of impressing victories and I, too, started having a much healthier social life again. This, I believe, is a discovery of the utmost importance, which is likely to have some practical consequences on my future strategic planning. If Villa is playing Chelsea, say, I will probably be obliged to spend a few days shut at home to avoid the cataclysmic personal consequences following an embarrassing defeat. But the very reason why I am writing this now is I am currently in Birmingham. I am here to attend a conference which, at the moment, seems everything but a career changer. I am leaving for London tonight and I will be meeting Marco, Francesca, Isabella and Camilla. So I am on a good track to start working on one of my new year’s resolutions. Go, alligators.