Football (soccer for our American friends) is the most popular sport in the world and for good reason if you ask me. But, have you ever wondered what teams your favourite characters would support? Well, I have. You see, apart from books I’m also very passionate when it comes to football and more specifically my favourite club AEK FC, also known as AEK ATHENS FC. So, I always wonder what teams would fictional characters support and I thought I’d share the conclusions I’ve reached so far with you all.
What makes people choose a football club though? For some, it’s the style of play each team has and the size of their trophy cabinet. But for most people things like the location of a team’s homebase, the team their family supports, or the ideals each team promotes are defining factors in choosing a club to support. Let’s see what various literary characters would support today based on these criteria.
Katniss Everdeen– The Hunger Games
Katniss’ biggest achievement in the trilogy is taking down the totalitarian regime in Panem, so naturally she would support a club with explicit anti-fascist inclinations. That means either one of the teams that are part of “The Triangle of Brotherhood”, aka Marseille from France, Livorno from Italy and AEK from Greece whose fans are heavily left-wing, or Celtic from Scottland whose fans are also famous for their huge involvement in the anti-fascist movement. Given that her signature item is the arrow and that the Celtic arrow used to symbolise bravery for Celtic warriors, I believe Katniss would be a regular in the stands of Celtic Park.
Count Dracula– Dracula
Spanish club Valencia’s nickname is “The Bats”. Dracula. Bats. Do I need to explain it further?
Harry Potter– The Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter is obsessed with Quidditch, we know that, but you can’t convince me that a young boy who grew up in actual real-world England, the birthplace of the sport, doesn’t support a football club. So, since the author didn’t give us this detail, I’m assuming that he’d support a club that A) is based in England and B) has the Gryffindor colour palette. And that’s Manchester United for you!
Percy Jackson– The Percy Jackson Series
I haven’t read Percy Jackson, in fact I only know that he’s Poseidon’s son. But that’s enough information for me to pick a club for him. Panathinaikos, as the name suggests, was formed as a club to represent Athenians. While there are many Greek teams based in Athens, Panathinaikos is the only one whose history is directly connected to the city itself. And guess which God entered a contest with Athena (and lost), according to mythology, to become patron of the city? Poseidon! And I have a feeling Percy would pick this team just to spite him.
House Targaryen– A Song Of Ice And Fire
This is one of the cases where the entire family supports the same team. The crest of House Targaryen shows fire-breathing dragons. The crest of Portuguese club FC Porto also shows a fire-breathing dragon. If that’s not enough to convince you that every Targaryen in Westeros would support them, know that the club’s nickname is the “Dragons”. What more do you need?
House Stark– A Song Of Ice And Fire
Do I really need to explain this one? Direwolves, wolves, same thing.
House Lannister– A Song Of Ice And Fire
The Lannisters call themselves lions. The national team of England is also called the Lions (and the Lionesses for the women’s team). Plus, they both get on my nerves (sorry British readers). Fitting!
Hercule Poirot– The Adventures of Hercule Poirot
Hercule Poirot never passes up the chance to announce that he’s Belgian during his mystery solving adventures, so naturally I believe he would proudly support his national team, even though he might not consider the sport classy enough.
Sherlock Holmes– The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
On the complete opposite end of the detective spectrum, Mr. Holmes would be the biggest fan of suburban football. He is the type of person to perfectly understand and embrace the thrills of non-professional leagues, where every game might turn into a boxing match at any given moment. Thus, he would turn to his local club and support London Tigers FC, which is based in his neighbourhood, Marylebone in West London.
Jo March– Little Women
Independent tomboy Jo March would be the biggest advocate of women’s football. And what better team for her to support than the oldest and most successful women’s national team, which also happens to be the representative group of her nation?
Boromir and Faramir– The Lord of the Rings
No, I didn’t put this here because it’s my favourite club (ok maybe it wasn’t the MAIN reason). I read an article recently about how Tolkien probably based Gondor on the Byzantine Empire and I have wholeheartedly accepted this as the truth. With this concept in mind, Gondor’s greatest defenders would obviously support a club that has its roots in Byzantium, better yet in Greek Anatolia, the continuation of Byzantium in modern years. If it isn’t clear enough by the double-headed eagle and the colours on the emblem, that’s exactly what AEK FC is. It is a club that was founded by refugees from Asia Minor in Greece, so the idea of keeping history alive, as well as the concepts of care and solidarity lie at its core. And everything Boromir and Faramir do in the trilogy is in accordance with those values.
Zorro– The Curse of Capistrano
Atlas Fútbol Club is a Mexican club based in Guadalajara. Its nickname in the football world is “Los Zorros”. And let’s be real here, any person who carves his initial everywhere they’ve been would absolutely support a club just because they share a name.
Willy Wonka– Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Let’s be honest, Willy Wonka would only support a club if the Oompa Loompas were playing in it. But, for the sake of this post, let’s pretend he would care about anything other than candy and would like to follow a football club. Surprisingly, there exists the perfect club for him. Birmingham club Cadbury Athletic FC shares the name and colours of a company famous for their delicious chocolate products. The club is also known as “The Chocolate Men”.
I hope you had as much fun reading this as I had writing it! Do you agree with my choices? Which club do you think your favourite character would support?