First, here are some picks from the training.Thursday:
First of all, I have to give credit to Korlevski. We were out in Gothenburg and hitting the clubs during the night with Arton and his little brother and Korlevski showed some very impressive skills as he made his moves on the drunk Swedish girls. I picked up a tip or two there, but the problem is if I use them, my girlfriend since 3 1/2 years might not be so intrested in me anymore...
Korlevski on the other hand would have made Sven-Goran Eriksson proud...(Korlevski, you should be very happy over the comperiasion)
Ok, let's get to work on the report again.
We were home from the clubs at 4:00 and got up at 10:00 the morning after. The hard life of a laziale, my friends.
Korlevski was tired, but alive. Me on the other hand was filled with powers and as my girlfriend served us breakfast, I started to think about the game and the hard work we had in front of us.
And once again, I crushed Korlevski in eating. We got going about 11:45 as we went to get some heliumtubes for filling up the baloons that I picked up the day before.
The place was rather hard to find unfortunatly and once we got there, everything was not fixed for us and we had to wait for a while as the checked up what we wanted and where we where from.
It was all a mess and I got frustrated becouse we were suppose to meet Lazio at the hotel for some ticket issues at 13:00.
At 13:00 we both were stressed as smelling as but we had the tubes in the car and I called Paolo to say goodbye, becouse if we would be in a crash, they would not find anything at all left of us.
I informed that we were running late but on our way.
-Fuck, I hate to be late, I said to Korlevski.
-Yes, me too, he answered.
-You only concentrate on driving Korlevski, becouse I will kill you if we crash!
It is hard not to see the irony in that considering the tubes in the car...
Korlevski once again showed some great skills as the drove in about 160 km/h alll the way to and we sorted out the tickets with a representive from la Lazio(Grazie Paolo and la Lazio, you made some fans very happy). 25 minutes from Gothenburg to Borås is a hard beaten achivement.
Korlevski, who didn't eat much at breakfast becouse of the tequila the night before(Skenderbeu, you remember Korlevskis strong tequila drinking, don't you?) so we stoped by McDonalds after buying some tape for the banners, flags and baloons.
At 14:00 we were at the stadium where we meet Engberg and Falkesäter with company who helped us getting started with the baloons and tifo.
After a while, Arton and Pontus showed up to help as well. I have to say a big thanks to these persons, becouse if it wasn't for them, we never would have been ready in time.
It ment a lot to me that you all were willing to sacrifise some beer at the pub just to help us out so we could enjoy the game too.
We filled up about 500 baloons and made them stick to the chairs thanks to my brilliant idea to use dubblesticking tape on the chairs(yeah, now I am just showing off).
We were finished about 17:00 and Pontus, Engberg and the others got going to the pub to meet up with the others.
Unfortunatly for me, the bus from Stockholm was running a bit too late so I had to stay in the stadium with Korlevski and later also Johan.
The helium tubes was still at the stadium and could not be left alone and Susanne and Daniel needed them to fill some big baloons to lift thier wonderful eagle that they had work hard to prepare.
It was sad to see that it never got airborn thanks to bad baloons...
When they arrived, Korlevski, who was as me very stressed over some none working things, had to run around in the arena to find someone how could open the gates for Susanne and Daniel(great to see you both again). And my phone started ringing like crazy as people at the pub were wondering were I was and the tickets.
It was a stressfilled moment but it all worked out well.
As the gate opened up for our friends, Daniel and Susanne got working immiediatly and I got to met Johan for the first time in person.
Me and Johan have problably spents several days talking(not joking) on the phone and MSN about Lazio and life in general(and the fact that Gothenburg is a way much nicer city then Stockholm), so it was like meeting a friend that I've known my whole life and we had a lot of fun, even though I wasn't in the best shape after a stressfull day with a lot of hard work and running.
But hey, everything for la Lazio!
Now I know some of what Paolo has to go trough EVERYTIME when organizing the derby meetings and other meetings!
It was wonderful to see all the friendly laziali faces again as they were flying in trough the gates. People really showed how happy they were for this oppurtunity and it was worth more then 50.000euro(heeelllll nooooo! Maybe 5000...) for me. We got in to the stands as the game kicked off and we were signing with the 70 laziali from Rome. We did a great job I think and the laziali from Rome was very happy with our work, organisation and singing!
We behaved with great LazioStyle and really showed that we knew how to be a real Curva!
The game on the other hand wasn't the best. Lazio was not very intrested in playing at all and were happy with the result. We got trough to the next round and that was the most important thing.
I am tired now so I will try to round this story up.
Beside the obvious that it was some amazing, lightblue days, I have to say thank you to a lot of people.
Korlevski, Pontus and Arton were my wingmen during the whole time and was at great help. People said "thank you Robin for making this happen and for your work at SvenskaFans" and I felt very ashamed.
Of course I am very glad that you enjoyed the meeting, but it wouldn't be possible without guys like Arton, Pontus and Korlevski.
Thanks also to "Mad dog" for a great job with the tickets.
Thank you Engberg with his father and friends for helping us with the hard work with filling the great amount of baloons at the stadium.
Thank you "Cash" for an incredible work with the bus. Raham also deservs to be mentioned.
Thank you Susanne for giving me information from the "leaders" in Stockholm and for the beautiful eagle you made.
Thank you Paolo for giving me the oppurtunity to met the squad and thank you for your advices. As more experienced from these kind of events, your knowledge was of highest importance.
And last, but absolutly not at least, thanks to all of you how attended and for your behaviour, happy faces and lazialitá!
We showed the world what great supporters we are!
Robin "Mr.Andersson" Andersson.
(About the nick; my fantasy sucks...)