From continent to continent, across the deep blue seas
sports ’round the world are played at every hour –
But which one, known by many names, is one that anyone can devour?
Young and old, meek and bold, gather together and agree
down a dusty lane in a crowded town, it can be played for free
it can be broadcast to millions in a crowded stadium at maximum power
known by many names in languages across the miles, blooming like a wildflower
Americans know it as soccer, but everyone else calls it football, see?
As often as possible, fans gather in the Luz
to cheer their team on – vitória gloriosa!
(Over 14 million benfiquistas have a very loud bond)
Today, this bright day, there is wonderful news
for all who like to support Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Here is wishing for 107 years more – and beyond!
You might be asking why I wrote a sonnet that’s not in Iambic Pentameter. Honest answer: I’m not Shakespeare, and I am -terrible- at Iambic Pentameter. Also, I unfortunately don’t know enough Portuguese yet to be able to write a sonnet in the language… but one of these days I will. I did, however write a Petrarchan/Italian sonnet (which is not the “traditional” that many people are used to) to expand my writing. Unfortunately, I have no idea how well it will translate. But looking through history, many famous Portuguese poets have found success with the sonnet, so ultimately that is why I chose it.
Real reason! There is a contest going on on Twitter and Facebook to win a Fábio Coentrão signed jersey. For those who don’t know, that is one of my favorite futebol players currently playing. He plays for a team I have been following for.. at least 5 years, called Sport Lisboa e Benfica – also known as Benfica, SLB, or “oh no it’s them, we should just pack it up and go home now”. They are celebrating (on 28 February) the 107th anniversary of the founding of the club. (They do more than just futebol!) To coincide with the anniversary, an up and coming futebol player (@Denisao44 on Twitter – if you don’t follow him, start. He’s absolutely awesome!) is running the contest.
Therefore: this is my entry for the contest. =] Boa sorte to all the other entrants, and muito obrigado Denis for running the contest and for Fábio for signing the jersey and to you both for judging! 🙂