One hundred and fourteen Manchester City fans have received a letter signed by the manager of current English champ Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard was keen to thank each of them for traveling to Kharkiv to cheer for the team against Shakhtar Donetsk in their debut match. Europe Champions League, on September 18th.
The distance between Manchester, England, in the Ukrainian city is 3,204 kilometers.
According to Google Maps, a land trip through France, Belgium, Germany and Poland takes approximately 35 hours. This is just the way. Including return, it's over 70 hours, or almost three days.
By plane, the situation improves, but not much. There are no direct flights between Manchester and Kharkiv, with a minimum of two connections.
On the shortest route, with stops in the Netherlands and Ukraine itself, it is almost ten hours to reach the destination. On the return, at least another 11 and a half hours, also with two plane changes.
The price for each fanatic who has traveled by air is £ 349. This does not include transfers, food and overnight accommodation in Kharkiv.
These 114 fans are really heroes of the resistance, and they have shelled out a significant amount without being sure that they would be happy – football is not a rare favorite to stumble over.
Fortunately for them, Man City did not stumble. Won well, 3-0, goals from Mahrez, Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus.
Being aware of the presence of these 114 at the Metalist stadium, Guardiola decided to reward them.
The letter itself would be a gift, but its content was more than a "thank you".
Letter from Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola to one of the club's fans who came to Ukraine to honor the English team (Darren Page's Instagram / Playback)
Here is the edited translation.
“On September 18 you and 113 other dedicated fans made a long trip to see us play, and I wanted to say thank you.”
“Having support in these games means a lot and, as I always say, we are nothing without our fans.”
“As a token of thanks, we would like to invite you to a City Hospitality experience in the return game against Shakhtar on November 26.”
This way, each of the 114 will have the opportunity, at no cost, to see this Champions League match, with VIP perks.
In addition to the ticket, they can take a tour of Etihad Stadium, have a fine dinner, film the players on the way between the locker room and the field and watch the departure from a privileged location, near the reserve bench, for example.
The price of these perks, for those who want to enjoy them without being invited, can reach £ 1,200 (R $ 6,484).
Merited? Merited. Point for Man city. Point for Guardiola.
Supporter every club has by the way. Purple supporter, sick, root, is not found in any corner.
Maybe one day a Flamengo, a Corinthians, to name the biggest fans in Brazil, and other groups, large, medium or small, can identify their most ardent fans and reward them properly, once in life. .