Winning streak leads to loss of pride
Falling neatly in to the “you just can’t please ‘em ”category is a tale from Brazil picked up by The Guardian at the weekend about Ibis Sport from Recife in the north-east of the country upsetting their fans by going on a three match . . . winning streak.
Why are they upset? Because after going three years and 11 months without winning a game in the early 1980s, the club earned a spot in the Guinness Book of Records and the tag of the “worst team in the world”, one their faithful grew quite proud of. Now? They can’t stop winning. “This is worrying,” said one disillusioned fan, “to stop being an icon and just be another winning team”. It was a view shared by the man who captained Ibis Sport through that record-breaking non-winning run. “If we keep winning, we are going to lose our brand,” said Mauro Texeira Thorpe or, as he’s called now, Mauro Shampoo. His profession? Hairdresser, of course. And judging by Mr Shampoo’s barnet, he’s most likely his own best customer.