Anticipation builds for potential Inter tilt

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No, it's not David Beckham coming to town again.

If it happens, this will be bigger.

It was a big enough deal when the worldwide celebrity/athlete hit the pitch at Commonwealth Stadium with the Los Angeles Galaxy last year.

Beckham is currently on loan to AC Milan in Italy's Serie A.

The club that may be coming to Edmonton is INTER Milan. (As in Internazionale.)

They play in the same city at the same stadium in the same league, but don't mistake the two. It's like the Oilers and Flames playing in the same city using the same rink. Or maybe you've heard of Scotland's Celtic and Rangers?

There is something I learned quickly after becoming a 'footy' fan. (Somwhere in the middle of the 2002 World Cup I became hopelessly hooked on a game that I had ignored - and made fun of - all my life.)

This is it: There are players. And there are teams.

The only passion that surpasses this is for your country's team in the World Cup.

Fans have their favourite players, for sure. But the love of their club teams far surpasses everything. They may buy a 'kit' with that certain players' number (I've got a No. 14 Arsenal and am ordering a No. 4), but it's the colours and the logo that matters.

That's why, when I began to follow the European leagues, people scratched their heads. How can you not have a team? And that's why I was told it was serious business when it came to deciding who to support: No bandwagons, no legal divorce. You will wear those colours for better or worse, 'til death do you part.

That became Arsenal for me. The beautiful team that plays the beautiful game.

But I did cheat a little. I decided I'd have a team in each major Euro league. You see, I had already bought an Inter jersey.

Why? I love black-and-blue clothes, for one. And the fastest I've ever gone on land was behind the wheel of a car shoed with Pirelli tires - the club's sponsor.

There's another reason to anticipate an arrival of the current three-peat Serie A champs: their field-boss, Jose Mourinho. The 'Special One' is as colourful and controversial as they come. He's loved or hated, with little in between. Think of a cross between Pierre Trudeau and Don Cherry.


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