Colombian soccer match Despite knowing a loss was imminent, the home team’s band and fans played music, sang and chanted continuously during a soccer game in Medellin, Colombia last month.

During a one-week trip to Medellin, Colombia last month, my travel buddy and I chose activities that would offer a glimpse into what life is like for a “paisa” (or, local), one of them being a professional soccer match. Several things stood out to me during this futbol game experience, such as the crowd’s indifference to pouring rain in an uncovered stadium and the tight security (which included a rather invasive, full-body pat-down at the stadium’s entrance), but what stood out most had to do with attitude.

While it was clear the home team was about to lose, the energy in the stadium remained positive and upbeat, with the band playing music and the crowd singing and cheering throughout the duration of the game. It was a sharp contrast to some American football games I’ve attended, where an impending loss led to impatient, angry fans booing, cussing and walking out of the stadium early.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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