What happens when soccer goes out?

 Alejandro Díaz-Agero Alejandro Díaz-AgeroFOLLOW
  Updated: 03/15/2020 23:30
 The normal thing, when all this still was, was that the week was a journey towards salvation. In it were stones, the occasional thorn and, from time to time, an oasis called Champions, Cup or intersemanual day that, if lucky, revitalized as much as ice cream in the middle of August. For the most seasoned, even a Spain-Luxembourg made a good wait until next Sunday when it was time to go to the stadium. The normal thing now, and to see how long, will be for the average citizen to contemplate those who are sinking in the tedium that is a life without football as a pleiad of unconscious people, as they are lucky to be able to put all the chips of their sinvivir to the red of the ball quarantine. But if you scratch a bit, beyond the cliché and the simplification to the absurd, what happens so many other times happens: the reasons are as different as those who judge them. And it is understood that now, in times like those we live in, there are those who miss that medicine that throughout his life had served him to avoid the evils of the storm. Take, for example, Isaac García a man who is about to be decorated by Atlético as a golden partner, 50 years of membership behind him, 40 as president of the Peña Atlético Las Ventas. He says, resignedly, that he has run out of "his routine, his habit, something that has ended up becoming an obligation." Atlético de Madrid was his support for the day to day since memory began to make a place for himself in his head. “It cuts us off the illusion we had after winning at Anfield. When football returns, our fury will be gone, "he explains, even though he is aware that it is something he had to do" as soon as possible. " On top of that, he will have to close the bar where the club is housed, where his gang would gather to kick off the game and spend weekends watching soccer. Income routeThe story could sin as banal, marginalized the sport to the corner of the expendable now that it is time to bring the shoulder to overcome an unprecedented situation. Something as logical as it is understandable is the position of those who have never stopped to fear a life without the ball involved. In some cases, it is not even a matter of affiliations: it is a livelihood. Álvaro Muñoz is a grassroots soccer referee in the Community of Madrid and also trains a team of children. He is 18 years old, and for two years he has been filling his wallet thanks to football. Now you will have to do tricks to not see it empty. "It is a total mess," he regrets, also paying attention to all those who visit Madrid's fields as a hobby but also because of the need to have another means of income. His case is extendable to many others in more delicate situations. They range from the employees who work in the stadiums when there is a game and who charge for service rendered to television and radio commentators who do it by broadcast. In this last group fits Alberto Edjogo TV analyst. «I have stopped working in a remunerated way, they have cut back on collaborators. It is a little stick, now that the good part of the season was coming », he reflects. For him, one of the usual faces on television on weekends, income had become almost "somewhat fixed." He says that now he is considering other things, like going back to the world of consulting, where he worked before making the leap to cathodic employment. «You are very exposed to decisions that do not depend on you. It is best not to put all the apples in the same basket —he has written the book "Indomitable" (Panenka) and has a YouTube channel. I have a family, a mortgage … It will be a crude month », he concludes. Time for other things His colleague is Julio Maldonado better known as Maldini, one of the country's leading international soccer experts. Luckily for him, his contracts are more benevolent than those of many colleagues. Although the fans press their own. «I will have to be with the family and watch recorded games, because this is constant learning. But obviously it does not suit me, I want there to be football », he points out. He will stop commenting on matches, but will still be active on the radio. He also takes the opportunity to work on his YouTube channel and share mythical matches on Twitter. "You have to help people to be happier. On the one hand you have to kill the coronavirus bug, but on the other you have to feed the football bug », he jokes. He admits that the moments of boredom will come. Meanwhile, he devours the series "You can't hide". To David Caballos like the rest of the fans, life does not suit him. And it's hard to say, because yours, doctor, has Real Madrid at the center of everything else. He has been a member since 1987, when he finished eighth in EGB and his parents gave him his card, he has followed 200 trips following the team and plans his guards according to when he plays. «It seems banal, but I, if I'm not at the Bernabéu, I'm away at the weekend. Now I feel half bored, half nervous, "he says. For him, it is a kind of therapy: "Apart from a passion, it is a form of escape." He had a ticket to go to Manchester for the return game against City, although, as he saw it quite black, he does not mount a drama either. It is the consolation that remains for many other Madrid fans, the case of Nabil Alturek president of the Peña Capote y Montera, which assumes it as a season finale. "As Madrid was, I do not care exactly the same," he says, while his most stubborn vein appears: "If you tell me that the League is suspended and the Catalans are left without it, I lose my temper." All in all, there is time for restraint. "Soccer is not secondary for me right now," he assumes, concerned about the travel agency he has. And he, who has been a subscriber since 1997, does not think that perhaps the clubs should reimburse part of what was paid to their members? "There are many who then hit Madrid in the chest, but if they ask for this they do not realize that it is a lot of money for the club, almost two million euros," he questions. For Nabil, for so many others, football is not played. Even now.

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