Anfield Virgin

I have been a Liverpool fan for pretty much as long as i can remember, i’m not going to go into any detail about my origin story, or how i came to be a Liverpool supporter… the “how” i became a fan is actually pretty irrelevant now, what is important is that i’ve been part of a pretty special family for more than 10 years now.

Being a Liverpool fan has meant that i’ve made friends with some pretty amazing people, and that no matter how i feel, i know i have a support system. We celebrate each other’s successes, and commiserate each other’s losses, all because we’re part of the same Liverpool family. I’ve found that over the years “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is more than just a motto, it has been proven to me time and time again.

I had always wanted to see my team play live, a dream i think all Barclays Premier League football fans share. When I knew i would be in the country during football season, i pretty much planned my entire holiday around getting to Anfield to see Liverpool play. New Years Eve in Edinburgh? The sights and sounds of London? Exploring the Yorkshire Dales? WHO CARES! All i wanted was a seat at Anfield and a scarf to hold up while singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at the top of my lungs.

Thanks to a particularly loving boyfriend, who worked tirelessly at getting us great tickets, i was able to check something pretty important off of my bucket list! Not only did i get to see Liverpool play, but i got to see them WIN! It was a pretty epic game that saw Liverpool beat Sunderland 3 – 0, with a brace scored by Suarez who beautifully set up Raheem Sterling for the final goal. The boys celebrated just a few meters in front of me, and i could even hear ol’ Stevie G shouting out and congratulating Sterling.

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Sterling, Suarez and Stevie G celebrate!

It’s 90min that i won’t ever forget, as long as i live. There are literally no words to describe the emotions when the entire stadium bursts into “You’ll Never Walk Alone”… i would be lying if i said that i didn’t cry a little. Tears of happiness, obviously!

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I have got 1 x guys and 1 x girls Liverpool Winter PJ set to give away. It’s super easy to win, all you have to do is tweet the following:

@Absa and @StephanieBe – keep me warm this Winter with a set of Liverpool PJs! #MyFirstGame

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If, like me, you love your football and would like to go and watch a Barclays Premier League match LIVE… then watch this VIDEO to see how to make it happen:

He might be an Everton fan (ergh) but football is football at the end of the day, and i would want any football fan to get the chance to see their team play live at least once in their lifetime!

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 Go to Twitter and share YOUR story, like I have, and make sure to tag @Absa and use the hashtag: #MyFirstGame

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Your Chance To Dine With Pirates & United Legends!

Manchester LegendsI do a lot of giveaways online, as many as I can to be honest, but it’s usually tickets or games or jerseys and stuff… This time around I’ve got some PROPER prizes for you lovely, lovely people.

As you may know, later this month (The 15th to be exact) a team of Manchester United legends will be locking horns with their counterparts from Orlando Pirates at Ellis Park Stadium as they attempt to roll back the years. Continue Reading

Coca-Cola® Give Back! – Brazil 2014

IT’S ALMOST HERE!!!!

Sorry, let me take it down a notch… I don’t think there is a single South African that isn’t excited about the fast approaching 2014 FIFA World Cup™. We’re all still reminiscing about what a phenomenal experience it was when South Africa hosted it in 2010, the year that changed this English lad’s life and secured my safe passage to a career right here in Mzansi.

COPA Coca-Cola®

This year, Coca-Cola® wants to make sure that the true football fans and aspiring footballers are able to reach the action live (and not just one TV) so the COPA Coca-Cola® programme will be sending four (very, very lucky) young football players to Brazil for a once in a lifetime experience. Continue Reading

Bubble Football (Boblefotball) – Hit ‘Em Hard

I like to think of myself as a football purist. It’s the game that I love and the game that earns me my paycheck at the end of every month. However, I may have discovered an even better sport…

Boblefotball (bubble football) in action...

Boblefotball in action…

I think I’m pretty late to the party with this one, but Boblefotball could be the greatest sport ever invented. Continue Reading

THE GERMAN FOOTBALL MARAUDER

Lutz Pfannenstiel. The name probably doesn’t ring any bells for many football fans around the world, but the journeyman German, who spent 101 days in prison in Singapore and was declared ‘clinically dead’ on a football field during his playing days has one of the most interesting careers that the beautiful game has ever seen. I got the chance to chat with the only professional footballer in the world to play in all six FIFA confederations…

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In the early 1990s, at the young age of 18, Pfannenstiel was regarded as one of the brightest goalkeeping talents in Germany and, in his own words, was a ‘rising star’.

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