Most people are passionate about a particular subject or have a time-consuming hobby. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm may in some individual cases develop into extreme fanaticism which may become a tough test of the patience and loyalty of others.
Soccerwidow has put together a list of 20 questions which may help you decide whether you are perhaps a little too ‘involved’ in your fascination with football.
Please count how many of the following questions you answer with a “yes”, and enter this number in the poll at the end of the article (allocate half a “yes” where you feel the statement is only partially correct).
The first 10 questions
- In European Championship and World Cup years you’re on the verge of losing your job because you always heavily insist on four weeks’ holidays not to miss a game, or take fake ‘sick days’ in order to watch games during these periods.
- Every year during the Winter mid-season break or the break between seasons you feel distracted, aggressive or depressed. To avoid withdrawal symptoms, you watch games you have recorded from previous seasons.
- You can state names, (with or without dates of birth!), clubs and the club location of footballers in the German, English, Spanish and Italian leagues by heart, but you have no idea what your neighbour’s names are.
- Now and again perhaps you miss an important personal or work-related appointment, but you never forget football fixture dates.
- You feel restless and disturbed if on football days your partner has invited friends or family to your house who are not interested in the beautiful game and protocol dictates that the TV is switched off.
- You have had numerous arguments with your partner because he/she accused you of spending too much time on football.
- Your best friends are those with whom you can talk on the subject of football. Conversations, no matter how they started, often develop into football related chat.
- You have none or at least very few ‘real’ friends, people you would trust entirely. Your friends are more ‘mates’, but all of them are interested in football.
- It is hard for you to remember your wife’s birthday or your wedding anniversary, and sometimes you also forget other important events in your personal life calendar, but you certainly know all the match results (half-time, full-time, scorers, goal times, et cetera) of your team. Probably of most of the league too, and perhaps in previous years also.
- In your spare time, e.g. weekends, evenings, and in the car, you have radio commentary broadcasts of football matches on in the background, even if it’s not your team playing. You feel disturbed and misunderstood when your partner asks you to put on your headphones, or to change the channel.
Continue to the next (and last) 10 questions