I grew up watching Braga, my team. We've always been solid as a club, stable finances, you know. But as well as we have been performing over the past few years we can't just keep on feeling great for finishing 3rd or 4th every season, we need to be challenging for the very top. No not just in Portuguese football, in European football.
Every season its 3rd or 4th, maybe 5th. Many fans would be happy with that but we've been hanging round those places for years now. It's always the big boys, SL Benfica, FC Porto, Sporting Lisbon, you know, the usual suspects. Then there's little old Braga. The team everyone forgets about. When foreign football fans hear Portugal, they think Cristiano Ronaldo, Lisbon, SL Benfica, Porto, but never Braga. Yes we qualify for European tournaments almost every year but have we ever made an impact? No, we've never won anything in a European competition, we've never won the Primeira Liga for God sake!
We're only really known around Europe for the quarry, Monte Castro that hangs over our stadium and city. Now, I was born in 1979, I've barely seen any domestic success, never mind European. When I was young I used to play on the streets of Braga with my friends. Everyone here wanted to play for Braga some day, it never happened for me though. As much as I tried to get spotted, no one ever saw me, at least nobody from Braga. I've admitted defeat though, I did that a while back. As soon as I hit 20 and I was still playing for my local team I knew it was never going to happen, so I gave up. I want to help my team out in some way though. I've been going to Braga games ever since I was 13 and my dad had started taking me, that's the only input I've ever had to getting Braga to success.
I want to manage Braga. The thing it has been missing is someone with passion and pride for this club. The fans need a fan in charge. That way we'll reach glory. I'm just waiting for that phone call...