My Everton #115: Argentine Pride

I have to begin my story at the end after what happened through this My Everton series.

I initially submitted my story and the Club and hummel made me so happy. You see, I am from Argentina and, due to the economic situation, it is very difficult to import products without paying a huge tax surcharge - but they took care of it. I finally have an Everton shirt and I will wear it with pride, in victory and defeat. 

I started watching Everton 13 years ago, when David Moyes was the manager. At that time, I didn't support any Premier League club but soon I began to enjoy players like Steven Pienaar, Mikel Arteta, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagileka, Tim Cahill, Louis Saha, Leon Osman, Tim Howard and more.

In that first season, we won the Merseyside derby 2-0 at Goodison Park with goals from Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill. That game was the 'click' moment for me and Everton became a passion every day of my life. 

From there, I started to learn more about the history of the Club and discovered how important it is in England. I also searched through old videos and found some games from the '80s era when Everton dominated and won many trophies.

Inspired by that history and hooked on the current Everton games, I set about sharing my passion for the Blues to as many people as possible over here in Argentina. 

Other Premier League clubs are more frequently followed in my country, with many people following teams who have current Argentine players and others having formed bonds with clubs who have had history with big players from Argentina.

But that didn't stop me from continuing to support the Club in this part of the world - and being able to contribute to forums and speaking to people who love Everton as much as me on social media is something I love to do.

Of course, though not as obvious as some other English clubs, Everton have some Argentine connections as well. I loved watching Ramiro Funes Mori and we had Denis Stracqualursi before that. Pablo Paz, who played for our national team, had an unsuccessful trial with the Blues in the early 2000s, too. 

My dream is to be able to see Everton reestablish themselves amongst the elite. I would love nothing more than to see us winning silverware - and I hope we can do that while Seamus Coleman, one of my favourite-ever players, is still with us. His love for Everton is incredible and so infectious. I hope football is fair to him.

Whatever happens in the future, I will be here, sharing the Everton word and proudly supporting the Club.

Up the Toffees!

By Guido Blumberg, Evertonian

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