Tanuj : First up, tell us about you.
Saajid : I’m Saajid Vawda, a 17-year-old student (and Madridista, of course) from Mauritius. I am @ILoveReal on Twitter.
T : Since when have you been a Real Madrid fan? (if you happen to remember)
S : I remember exactly. One thing I should mention first is that, in Mauritius, there are very few ‘true’ Real Madrid fans (i.e. not bandwagon fans who started supporting Real when Ronaldo/Kaka/some other player joined). This is mostly because the matches shown on (national) TV are all Premier League or Champions League matches; the majority either support Manchester United or Liverpool.
On the 19th of April 2000, my grandfather, a Man Utd fan, told me to watch the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final (Man Utd – Real Madrid) with him. The first leg finished nil-nil and my grandfather was fairly confident that the Red Devils were going to win at Old Trafford. He was pretty disappointed when Keane scored an own goal at the 20th minute. Then Raul scored a fantastic goal on the 50th minute. A few minutes later, Fernando Redondo nutmegged Henning Berg and passed the ball to Raul. The latter scored his second. The match finished 2-3 and Real went on to win the cup. I don’t know what exactly but there was something about Real Madrid which just amazed my 6-year-old self. My blood has been white ever since.
Highlights here (with commentary in one of those random European languages):
T : What is your favourite part of Real Madrid football club?
S : Hard to decide but I have to say I love the philosophy of the club (I’m not talking about Fiorentino Perez’s philosophy, that’s an entirely different thing) to always be the best, always win and never be defeated. It’s just wonderful.
T : Which has been your all time favourite Real Madrid player?
S : Zinedine Zidane. I’ve never seen another player like him. The way he gracefully moved the ball, his precise passes and his fantastic personality. Iker Casillas is a close second as he’s a canterano and a goalkeeper (I play in that position myself).
T : A Real Madrid moment you can’t forget?
S : That Zidane goal against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 CL final.
T : La Liga or UCL, which one would you love to see us win more?
S : I would say both but if I had to chose, the Champions League. La Decima has been an obsession of the club and I would just love to see us lifting it at Wembley next year. I also want us to win it before Perez does something stupid again.
T : Which has been your favourite signing for this season? (excluding Mourinho)
S : Most people would not choose him but I’ll pick Ricardo Carvalho. The Real Madrid defense in the last few year has been -for the lack of a better word- shit. With the arrival of Carvalho, I’ve seen real defensive stability in the team for the first time since Fabio Cannavaro left the club.
T :Which game did you most enjoy this season?
S : Real Madrid vs AC Milan. We dominated almost every area of that game.