I feel the same loyalty myself. Staying in Mumbai, India, I naturally root for Mumbai Indians and India in cricketing events. Should India miraculously manage to sneak in a World Cup Finals spot in the future, they’d undoubtedly gain my backing, regardless of their chances in the tournament.
This, however, is beside the point. I just wanted to spare a thought on the flagrant and emotionless, constant switching of footballing nations by fans. I don’t know about other countries, but India experiences a lot of this. In 2010 you’d find a guy rooting for Spain; but you’d find the same person supporting Brazil in the 2013 Confederation’s Crap and Germany in the 2014 World Cup.
I don’t get it. Why would you fluctuate your opinion every year depending on the favourites? If every Liverpool and Arsenal supporter has the patience to endure their underwhelmings, why would the same supporter not give their national team a second chance?
Okay, I get it, you don’t feel any particular affiliation to a country mainly because you haven’t lived there. But then again, many people who support a Galactico don’t hail from Madrid, do they? If you never needed a geographical factor to create a bond with a club, why would you change the rules for a country?
I’ve been a France supporter and an Arsenal fan since 2006, and my loyalty and passion for both of them has never wavered since. In fact, it was a Thierry Henry goal against a seemingly invincible Brazilian side back in Germany '06 that sealed my support for both, Arsenal and France.
Perhaps it was the circumstances, or it was the symbolically apt Henry’s goal that created such a deep affection for France from me. Heck, it may also have been the booze. Whichever way, my support for France has always been more intense than any other mainstream football fan’s. I don’t know the exact reason, but hey, I’m no complainer.
I may be the exception rather than the rule here, but I genuinely don’t see why others don’t have an emotional niche carved in their supporting nation. Why would you keep switching your ‘loyalty’ every four years? It wouldn’t be fair of us to tease United supporters as gloryhunters and then pick the best egg in the basket ourselves now, would it?
As my all-time favourite player Dennis Bergkamp said, "When you start supporting a football club, you don’t support it because of the trophies, or a player, or history, you support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong."