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Tell Us About Yourself (2) - Gabeu



Next to bare his soul is one of the editorial team - Gabeu

1 - Your Vital Chelsea user name?

GabeU

2 - When did you first start supporting Chelsea?

The mid 90s. I had been a huge fan of the incredible Dutch national teams of the mid 80s to 90s and especially of the troika of Rijkaard, Gullitt and Van Basten. I didn`t have a club team I was deeply invested in as I was way more into national team football then but I had been watching the English first division for about a decade before then and had a soft spot for Spurs and Chelsea who often hit well above their station compared to mighty Liverpool and ManU. The incredible arrival of Rudd Gullitt to Chelsea followed quickly by the Sicilian genius Gianfranco Zola helped me finally sink definite club team roots and the rest as the saying goes is history.

3 - How old are you?

I`ll pass on this on this but let me just say I am no longer a Spring Chicken and let me just add that I had the privilege to see live as a youngster in the Mexico 1970 World Cup what I still believe to be the greatest national team ever in history; the 1970 Selecao team that won that tournament and then got to keep the original Jules Rimet cup for good.

4 - Where do you live?

In the United States. Presently stationed in Maryland

5 - Your occupation is?

Again can`t provide details but work for the federal government (fondly called the feds here in the states)

6 - Your favourite Chelsea memory is?

Prior to the Bavarian Miracle of May 19 it had always been the glorious day in 1998 that the first golden generation of Chelsea players I had known in my mind became the very best in the world. We took on the giant of Europe Real Madrid in Monaco and won the UEFA Super Cup. I was so proud of that team because we were clearly punching so very well above our level. The May 2012 achievement however topped that because I knew (or so I thought) that the window of opportunity had passed for our second golden generation of players. The journey to that Champions League trophy with a badly understrength squad, a club legend as coach and against all odds is the stuff of legend and deserves to be made into a Movie because even Hollywood couldn`t have dreamed up such an incredible and unlikely run..in my mind only the Good Lord himself could.

7 - Your worst Chelsea memory is?

Yes the rain soaked day in Moscow in 2008 still takes the cake . It hurt so much and still does today because I felt we were the better team and the independents I knew who watched the game agreed, Man U had already the won the trophy before and then the way we lost, when we were so close and the fact poor JT who had been so reliable had to be the fall guy. After that I seriously feared in that generation of players who were so special would ever get that highest of all honors in European club football.

8 - Your favourite all-time Chelsea player is?

Still has to be Gianfranco Zolas. The guy had a thousand kilowatt smile..was always a perfect gentleman on and off the field and yet a fierce competitor and had sublime audacious skill. I am still mystified as to why his international career with the Azurri somehow was not more imposing. This is probably why his stature in the sport is not as great as it should be.

9 - Your best ever Chelsea goal is?

This is very hard to pick as I have seen some special goals over the years I have been a member of the blue nation, I guess I will settle for Didier Drogba`s goal against Spurs in the FA cup last year probably because it is one of the freshest in my graying memory. What was so striking was how so typical it is of Dider`s goals for us; delivering the sublime out of nothing. A summation of strength, grace and undeniable class. He absolutely abused William Gallas, brushed him aside like a rag doll, then in one smooth motion turned and fired a laser which immediately changed the momentum and direction of the match. The look of incredulity on much of the spurs side and poor 'ol arr`y was priceless after all the pre-game trash talk from many of their fans.

10 - Your thoughts on Vital Chelsea?

While I have been reading Vital Chelsea for over 5 years I have only been vocal in contributing in the last 3 years or so. I stumbled on the site as I sought a forum where like-minded people shared thoughts on our common love of all things Chelsea FC. It has been quite a roller coaster ride but I am thankful to have made the acquaintance of some very insightful people on the forum. It is incredible that without meeting any of these people in person there are some on the forum whose views and way of handling themselves speak so much decency, wisdom and class that I view them as kin spirits and close friends even when our views regarding our beloved club may differ.

With any enterprise so successful and so inclusive there is inevitably a section of the membership that does rub of the wrong way for whatever reason. Thankfully for me they are so few compared to the whole and like in life I have generally learnt how to deal with such folks in a civil manner. Even for such people there is one commonality..for whatever reason they too share a fascination with the blue nation..at least for now.

If you`d like to enter the Vital Chelsea Hall of Fame then simply e-mail your ten answers to JUVENILED40@HOTMAIL.COM and I`ll do the rest.
The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 15 2013

Time: 6:26PM

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Ahhhhhh!!!! Tooo loooong!!!!!
SameX
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15/02/2013 18:35:00

always deep and oozing an uncommon wisdom, m not suprised...nice one at @GabeU., nice one!
layorh12
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15/02/2013 18:39:00

Great profile @gabeu fantastic read I always enjoy hearing or reading what the older generation of chelsea fans have to say has they tell some great memories
Chelsea ken
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15/02/2013 19:06:00

TOO LONG? Very informative I'd say!
merlin
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15/02/2013 19:07:00

Agreed totally @merlin
Chelsea ken
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15/02/2013 19:08:00

Thats our gabeu.
blue5
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15/02/2013 19:08:00

I suppose I could do one of these myself?
merlin
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15/02/2013 19:12:00

Detailed and Interesting. Great to know more about you Gabeu.
SameX
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15/02/2013 19:33:00

@merlin - please do......
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15/02/2013 19:39:00

@merlin - please do......
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15/02/2013 19:40:00

thank you GabeU and Merlin to restart this column and know about this forum's legends :)
Soum
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15/02/2013 19:50:00

@merlin - please do......
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15/02/2013 19:53:00

sorry for d triple post
chelsblr
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15/02/2013 19:53:00

I didn't know people here were quite old...;D , I thought we were all 15-20 before I read all these , good stuff GabeU!
CFCTalal
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15/02/2013 20:02:00

I swear gabey is about 55....u calmness is so eery I believe u'll be a dangerous man to cross, are u a cop or FBI? Lmaoooo, nice profile gabeu... Great to have someone like u in the blue nation.
Desmondadonis
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15/02/2013 20:51:00

Thanks for sharing GabeU. Intellect and wisdom at its finest! A legend of VC in my opinion, and i'm sure i'm not alone in thinking that. It's been great getting to know you mate.
hazzabee
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15/02/2013 21:04:00

Really enjoyed it, Gabe. Had no idea you were in the States.
RadioactiveD
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15/02/2013 21:16:00

Top post as usual GabeU...and the addition of the dutch lads and Zola saw us play our best football in a very long time.
nelyvanile
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15/02/2013 21:37:00

Great to know u more GabeU; ur post av always been a great source of inspiration 2 us d younger fans. Thanks
Bunmiemich
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15/02/2013 22:27:00

a good insight to who you are. sounds like you are a true blue, just like me. great read yet again from this contributor.
trueblue44
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15/02/2013 22:58:00

Thank you for sharing GabeU. A pleasure to read as always. And thank you for all dedicated time spent sharing your views during the time of joy and sorrow. Keep up the good work sir!
Gaban
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15/02/2013 23:02:00

And please do one uncle merlin, cant wait :)
Gaban
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15/02/2013 23:05:00

Pointing out how impressive your write ups are,GabeU,will amount to stating the obvious as it is wont be complete without adding 'as usual'. The things i find quite new and equally interesting are the history of the club packed up in that 'graying brain' that we just managed to get some crumbs of and ofcos,getting to know your person. But hey! I thought the 'feds' are mostly associated with secret govt agents or the cia/fbi. Lolz,i'l not find it a surprise,your i.q and extraordinary way of dissecting issues speaks volume.
Ohans
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15/02/2013 23:19:00

nice profile GabeU
lukaku the beast
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15/02/2013 23:36:00

Didn't know we had a Raven on this website? Or is he a deadskin fan?
KAKUfrank
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15/02/2013 23:47:00

Once again a very thorough and informative article by GabeU.I feel sorry that you have to watch your favourite team early in the morning though,but time difference is always something you have to comply with.
Simeon23
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16/02/2013 02:16:00

nice prOfile
post_rom
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16/02/2013 07:06:00

Nice profile Mr gabeu,a really interestin read,its nice knowin more about u
Ken4CFC
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16/02/2013 08:28:00

Nice lo down,but it will be more interesting if the admin creates picture uploading
Onochie22
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16/02/2013 11:11:00

29 comments so far. That shows how gabeu is being luved in these forum. Gabeu tanks knowin u more
prince china
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16/02/2013 12:35:00

you work for the federal government?
lamarochs
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16/02/2013 15:19:00

You are the Petr Cech of Vital Chelsea.
cfc250
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16/02/2013 15:21:00

Thanks for all the kind comments guys. @ Kaku i dont know why i have always preferred the Redskins as opposed to the Ravens..maybe i just like the heart ache of constantly being dissapointed by them or maybe it is that i generally find the modern day Ravens rather too brash and loud.
GabeU
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16/02/2013 15:52:00

prince china. hehe if you go by comments how loved the users is then Mq is the most loved person in the forum.
Lakupiippu
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16/02/2013 16:49:00

good stuff gabeu informative as usual
Clingy
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16/02/2013 19:55:00

good post - thanks for sharing
JohnnyOz
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17/02/2013 02:34:00

Memories bring up memories! The way you entice me to your article and comments bring to memory my uncle that tells me very interesting stories as a kid. You are good at what you do mate. People say your article or comments are long well I will say you are good at keeping it long too lmao
BluesInMe
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17/02/2013 06:40:00

@lakupiippu, lmao, mq is d combination of d most hate & luved.
prince china
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17/02/2013 08:03:00

*Hated*
prince china
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