Win­ning streak leads to loss of pride

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer - Mary Han­ni­gan

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.

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