No, it’s not because they lost to Costa Rica and were eliminated at the group stage in the last World Cup.
In football, I have three loves. At the club level it’s Chelsea and AC Milan, and at the international level it’s the Italian national team. My relationship with the three of them started at about the same time, right when I started to become interested in football. Italy captured my heart at the 1996 European Championships, the first time I watched football, and Chelsea & Milan did it in the following season, 1996/7.
Eric Cantona, one of the greatest football players among the philosophers, has a famous saying: “You can change your wife, your politics, your religion, but never, never can you change your favorite football team”. And even though I wasn’t aware of this saying until a few years ago, it makes sense intuitively. How CAN you change your favorite football team? Continue reading