Marilene Riddle

Marilene Riddle

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I am a 21 year-old female living in Singapore who has an incredible love for the beautiful game.

I follow Bayern Munich because they have the most amazing motto of 'mia san mia', which encapsulates everything about them. I love the sense of family and belonging despite being a gigantic club, I love their philosophy of training youth from the streets of Bavaria first and foremost, I love the way they refuse to let go of old players and just promote them all into management instead and I love the idea that every loss is an aberration while every win is a continuation of their legacy.

Like everyone else, I have my favourites: Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Holger Badstuber and Manuel Neuer. I prefer players who are mainly defensive but combine that with an attacking flair. I adore teamwork and play that mixes up technical dribbles with intuitive passing. I subscribe to the Liverpudlian philosophy of pass and move.

I am slightly partial to Liverpool, Schalke 04, Manchester City and Arsenal. This is due to a liking for their fans (the former two) and their managers (the latter two). I may occasionally follow other clubs if there is a player or two I like playing in the team. There is only one football club I dislike.

I cannot really say I am a fan of Formula 1 as I am not much of a motor head. Technical details sometimes fly by me, and I would rather the drivers just go all out racing and Vettel win every race Usain Bolt-style. So I would say I am a fan of Sebastian Vettel, and Kimi Raikkonen before him, and Fernando Alonso before that. This may seem a rather strange progression as I have only ever supported one team - Ferrari. Alas, the Ferrari I loved had Jean Todt at the helm and designer-god Rory Byrne. I still sympathize with the red team, but my main focus would be on the fourth WDC for Vettel.

I started watching tennis in 2008 and began to follow it through the Davis Cup competition. I am not an avid fan of the sport, but I do enjoy a good match immensely (like Rafael Nadal vs Fernando Verdasco in the 2009 Australian Open). I mainly follow Rafael Nadal, although I also frequently watch Novak Djokovic.

I used to follow WWE until the retirement of one of my favourites - Edge. I still occasionally tune in for the Rock or Chris Jericho. I might also follow some WRC events on WRC live.

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