I few days ago I received an e-mail from a Swede on his way to São Paulo. He said he felt a certain sympathy for Palmeiras and wondered how to get tickets for the semi-final. I told him all tickets destined for Palmeiras supporters were long gone and that I wouldn’t recommend him rooting for Palmeiras in the middle of a Corinthians crowd. “Go to the Allianz Parque and look up any bar in that area: it will most certainly be full of palmeirenses“, I suggested.
Shortly after today’s game, which culminated in Palmeiras eliminating Corinthians in a penalty shootout to advance to the finals of the São Paulo championship, I received the e-mail below from my fellow countryman:
“Should you ever really become a Palmeiras fan, today was probably the day. I did as you said, went out to the Allianz Parque and asked a couple of guys in green and white where I should go to watch the game. They took me to a street corner and the party began. Among the best sporting experiences I have ever had, save some of the ones involving my Swedish teams. This was the real deal, and I truly loved it. Many thanks for your help!”
This is what it’s all about.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!