Originally Posted by Ivan Helguera
98?! What program?
Sorry, I didn't see your question earlier.
It was on TVB Jade. I don't want to type Chinese now (too lazy to switch the data input method!
) so you can see its name in Chinese from my university library page here
. It was shown on Tuesday this year. The episode was about football fans and shot during WC98...
The intern who worked at TVB Jade is a girl who I got to know during the Physical Education course at HK Baptist University. And we only knew that both of us are football fans on the last day of this course. She's a big fan of Inter. Anyway, we talked a bit and kept in contact for a while, and I also told her about another girl football fan I know at that time, who is a fan of West Ham United and some "underdogs" and has created a nice homepage about football. Suddenly one day she called and asked this and that... and asked me to introduce her the other girl football fan, since she was working at TVB this summer and need to help in producing a documentary on the topic about football fans. I didn't expect that I would end up featuring in a small part of the documentary because I only wanted to introduce them to each other and finished my "job"... but... well, I don't want to know why I was "made" to present in this documentary.
They got what they wanted anyway. I told them I support Parma and like the Italian national team, but they never mentioned it, and only said that I "could be attracted by some good-looking male footballers" (it's part of the truth but it isn't THAT important, if you understand what I mean). I was very sad during and after the France-Italy game, and had tried my best to speak what I felt about it just one day after they lost, but the whole part was cut. I cheered when I saw Michael Owen's goal against Argentina, and normally I cheer for any beautiful goals unless I hated the footballer who scores, but this part was kept and put at the end of the documentary.
Journalists... I don't understand why some people can believe everything they report. Most of them only present what they want you to see, know and understand.
This personal experience of mine has done good to me though: I rarely believe the rumours or interviews on papers of footballers. Something like "Gilardino fancies to be in the AC Milan shirt", "Frey looks forward to a move to England" blah blah blah... they can say whatever they want, and it's very likely what Gilardino or Frey has never uttered a word about it.