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    Inter - Zapatista

    Sophie Arie in Rome and Jo Tuckman in Mexico City
    Tuesday October 19, 2004
    The Guardian

    Football clubs have been known to show their soft side, supporting the poor and helping the sick and handicapped. But it is not often that a top European club hands its shirt and its cash to an army of balaclava-wearing guerrillas demanding autonomy in a large chunk of their country.
    Inter Milan has donated €5,000 (£3,475), an ambulance and the captain's No 4 black and blue team shirt to one of the last strongholds of the ragtag Zapatista army in a gesture of solidarity for the indigenous people of Chiapas in southern Mexico.

    Argentinian star Javier Zanetti, the team captain, talked his club into donating its changing room fines for late arrival or using mobile phones to help villagers rebuild after the village of Zinacantán was reportedly attacked by government military forces in April. "We believe in a better world, in an unglobalised world, enriched by the cultural differences and customs of all the people. This is why we want to support you in this struggle to maintain your roots and fight for your ideals," Zanetti wrote in a note to the village, posted along with the first instalment of €2,500.

    "We know that we are not alone on the path of this struggle," was the reply from the Zapatista supporters who invited the Italian football team to visit them in the jungle mountains of Chiapas.

    The Mexican presidential office in charge of relations with the Zapatistas said yesterday there would be no comment on the Italian donation.

    In June, Bruno Bartolozzi, Inter's team manager, arrived in the village of Caracol de Oventic with further donations and the blessing of the team and its oil baron owner, Massimo Moratti. The donations have helped the villagers to rebuild houses and water pipelines, and the club has offered to supply football gear and balls for budding Zapatista footballers. "Our team doesn't just play on PlayStations and computers," Mr Bartolozzi said. "We read in a Mexican newspaper about this attack. We wanted to help. Not so much with large amounts of money but with our sustained support."

    The Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos - a non-indigenous university graduate turned rebel - has reportedly expressed his appreciation in an internet communique accompanied with a photo of him sporting the Inter captain's shirt. "Brothers and sisters of the Italian team, I wish you the greatest success in your sporting campaign," said the letter.

    Mr Marcos and his Zapatista army - who began their armed campaign for indigenous rights in 1994 - are thought to prefer basketball to football, given the choice.

    Hopes were raised for a solution to the conflict when Vicente Fox's government was elected in 2000, but Mr Marcos broke off relations with the government within a few months after parliament watered down a constitutional reform on indigenous rights demanded by the Zapatistas.

    Zapatista supporters are concentrated in a few strongholds dotted around Chiapas where they insist they are putting their objective of indigenous autonomy into practice without waiting for government permission.
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    Zapatista rebels woo Inter Milan


    The captain of Inter Milan football club says he would be willing to take up an invitation for the club to play a team of Mexican Zapatista rebels.
    The Italian club have received a letter from the indigenous movement, based in the southern state of Chiapas.

    Rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos asked Inter to bring the match ball because the Zapatistas' ones were punctured.

    Captain Javier Zanetti said: "It is not a problem for me if [the club] accept the challenge. I'd be willing to go."

    The letter bore the signature of Subcomandante Marcos, the elusive Zapatista leader known for his trademark balaclava and pipe.

    It was formal and precise, but contained a touch of the wry humour that is the leader's hallmark, says BBC correspondent Mark Duff in Milan.

    Rigorous training

    "I challenge you to a match against a team from the Zapatista national liberation army," it said, "at a time and a place to be determined."

    "Given the affection we have for you, we're not planning to submerge you in goals," the letter went on.

    "As we wait for your reply, we'll continue with our rigorous training regime."

    Inter - one of Italy's biggest and most famous clubs - have built links with the Zapatistas by funding sports, water and health projects in their area of operation in Chiapas.

    Team manager Bruno Bartolozzi paid a visit to a village in Chiapas last June, bearing donations from the club and its owner, Massimo Moratti. During the trip, he was approached by a Zapatista commander.

    Zanetti, an Argentine, also wrote a letter to express his support for the rebels' "struggle to maintain your roots and fight for your ideals".

    The club told the BBC News website that no decision had been made on whether to accept the challenge.

    The Zapatistas are demanding greater autonomy and indigenous rights. Their campaign has been largely peaceful since January 1994, when at least 150 people died in clashes.

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    "There's another flare smoking in the box now...This referee is a clown" - Eurosport
    Quote Originally Posted by BlueBacchus
    You know each year we say "Dream Attack" and then that becomes "Bad Attack".

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    Interested, confused? More info can be found here…

    http://www.zapatistarevolution.com/

    http://www.zapatistas.org/

    & here

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapatis...nal_Liberation

    Who the hell is Marco?


    Subcomandante Marcos
    "There's another flare smoking in the box now...This referee is a clown" - Eurosport
    Quote Originally Posted by BlueBacchus
    You know each year we say "Dream Attack" and then that becomes "Bad Attack".

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    I'll gladly trade them Materazzi, Miha and Davids for some character, determination, never give-up attitude, and aggression. Our three players will fair in well.

    But why does Inter support them? I don't know if that's true, but I find it real odd.

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    hehe..hamad..i have some mexican friends around here..i may ask them if they know anything about this..i doubt though...good joke about trading materazzi..hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamed
    But why does Inter support them? I don't know if that's true, but I find it real odd.
    Pffft, tough question mate ...I guess its something to do with ideals, its a bit controversial and pretty black and white (if you know what I mean )
    "There's another flare smoking in the box now...This referee is a clown" - Eurosport
    Quote Originally Posted by BlueBacchus
    You know each year we say "Dream Attack" and then that becomes "Bad Attack".

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    I actually heared about this group not long ago, they were not that vilolent except in some occassions like the report said. If I wasn't mistaken, they wanted a separate land for some native indians. I saw the report a while back on BBC.

    My guess is that they are some leftist/Guivarista group looking for a cause to rally around.

    If any team should be associated with them, it should be Milan or Livorno. Both clubs are have communist leanings, specially the latter. But what can poor Livorno do? We are doing their job. Hay, this could be a way to lure them to sign us Lucarelli

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    this is unusual but I don't have anything against it.

    I hope inter don't play them in a match though, they could be rough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by primo-inter
    this is unusual but I don't have anything against it.

    I hope inter don't play them in a match though, they could be rough.
    If Matterazi, Miha, and Davids are in the team the match would be balanced.
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    we're going to play them in a friendly!

    Meanwhile, a curious friendly match has been set up for this summer, as the armed Zapatista rebels of Mexico announced that Inter had agreed to play a team of their members.

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    At least i would be afraid, very afraid to play against these guys...





    One bad tackle from Materazzi or Cristiano and the hell breaks loose. And/or if even one Zapatista rebel dare to tackle Mihajlovic or Stankovic.
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    Yeah they look scary ,but I think they will be quit friendly to us ,
    also ,they're not even pro footballers ,so they'll probably just play our Primavera team or something ,unless some players really want to join ,perhaps Javier Zanetti would like to play against them.

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    I read somewhere that Marcos (their lider) said they'll give us a whooping.
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    I know it's a little old , but what the hell is that?
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4537859.stm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karim Abdoun
    I know it's a little old , but what the hell is that?
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4537859.stm
    just a peaceful way of promoting themselves without violence.

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    No, sionce when Inter has a political affiliation with someone, or else if it's only Javier, but what is the stroy, who are these ppl, and why do the love Inter so much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karim Abdoun
    No, sionce when Inter has a political affiliation with someone, or else if it's only Javier, but what is the stroy, who are these ppl, and why do the love Inter so much?
    political or not...the zapatista movement is a good thing and they do a lot of good work in the chiapas region in mexico.

    subcommandante marcos is also a nive guy and their project really helps and does a good work in the region.

    this is probably the best thing Inter did ever and if I was an Inter fan, I would be damn proud of it.

    people talk about the Barcelona-UNICEF deal, but UNICEF brings a lot of prestige too and is good for the teams marketing. The deal of Inter to support the Indios is a true act of altruism and something to be really really proud of.

    Btw. JZ only initated the whole thing, but Inter backs it...it has the support of Inter as a whole.
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    its a great article there mate.i wonder what happened to the game why didnt it happened.its cool to have affection from a rebel.well we are a great club why not have great who knows ETA rebels in spain too might be inter fans.
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    As Mehdi rightly said it’s truly something to be proud of! Anyhow, the topic was discussed some times ago in here as well.
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    firstly ill be scared the hell out to play football against a rebel but what the hell as long as its friendly i think it will be great to show we care about our supporters and even though they look scary their commander but i think he should play well as he said he wont woop our asses and they will continue their training until they play us.forza inter
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