A visitor to the Fez Medina may well have wondered why the streets were so quiet on Saturday night. They may have also wondered at the sudden eruptions of noise from the cafes. The answer is simple. Barcelona were playing Manchester United and in cafes and small shops, the televisions are blaring out the commentary.
A majority of football fans in the Medina support Barca. In fact, although there is little graffiti on the Medina walls, it would be fair to say that 90% of it relates to the Barcelona Football Club. All that is clear. What is not so easy to understand is why that should be the case. There are many clubs worthy of support and, given the history with the French, why not support Olympique Lyonnais or Paris Saint Germain? Then again, if you want to follow a Spanish club, then why not Real Madrid?
The problem here is that when you ask a Fassi why they support Barca, the answer is always “because they’re the best”. End of story. And, last night, they were proved right at Wembley, the home of English football, where Barcelona confirmed they are the kings of Europe with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League final.
Goals from Pedro Rodriguez, Lionel Messi and David Villa, with Wayne Rooney briefly giving United hope by equalising before half-time, underlined the Catalans’ credentials to be considered the greatest club side of all time.
The scoreline was an accurate reflection of Barcelona’s superiority as they claimed their fourth European Cup – the last two from finals against United – at the ground where they first lifted the premier prize in European football 19 years ago.
It was a great night for Barcelona and for Barca fans in Fez.