Tottenham Hotspur fan Patrick Hulbert is on the lookout for his sporting hero
Tottenham Hotspur fan Patrick Hulbert is on the lookout for his sporting hero.
I’m torn between Richard Keys and Mido. Every time I watch Spurs (that’s Tottenham Hotspur, the greatest football team on Earth, greater than all the other clubs) on beIn sports, I just don’t know whether to go English or Arabic – despite only speaking the first of those two languages.
Sure, I can understand the words Richard is saying to me; yes, Andy Gray’s analysis is top-notch and whoever the other guest happens to be can fill me in with insightful information, but I feel more thrills when I watch Mido talking in Arabic to me before the match, at half-time, and at the end. The only problem with looking at Mido and admiring his brilliant Tottenhamness is that I haven’t a clue what he’s saying, which, if I’m honest, I don’t enjoy at all, as his channel’s commentators seem incapable of taking a breath, or letting people watch it without a second-by-second account of what is happening in the game (I assume that’s what they’re shouting about).
For those of you that don’t know the mighty Mido, full name Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid, he is a regular pundit on beIn sports, recently retiring from football with more than 50 caps for Egypt. But his greatest career achievement came between 2005 and 2007 when he made 48 appearances for Spurs. Sure, he played for other clubs including Ajax and Roma, but playing for the amazing Spurs is, of course, every footballer’s dream. Some don’t make it and have to settle for second-string sides like Barcelona, but a choice few are lucky and talented enough for the chance to play at White Hart Lane in front of the greatest fans in the world and at the greatest stadium.
And I know that Mido resides in the GCC, so I’m hoping to see him one of these days. I always walk around with a Tottenham Hotspur shirt and a black felt tip pen in my bag, so that just in case I happen to spot my hero in the street, I’m prepared and ready for him to sign my stuff. I’m going to be brutally honest here. My main aim in life right now is to have a coffee with Mido and tell the world it happened. We could talk about Tottenham for hours and maybe, just maybe, he’d laugh at one of my jokes, we’d become friends, then maybe best friends. Perhaps he’d even let me clean his football boots for him, if I’m really lucky…