As D.C. United gets their post-World Cup season going, they're looking for a spark from two new international players to try to fix their dreadful 3-9-3 record. One of those players is Montenegran midfielder Branko Boskovic, who might not be a household name to you, but is apparently a household name to fans of his old team in Austria.â†µ
The Examiner's Craig Stouffer reports:â†µ
The most devout fans of Rapid Vienna, the Tornados, take their role so seriously that they film themselves during games, videotaping the coordinated songs, chants and flag-waving that emanate from the Block West in Hanappi Stadium in the Austrian capital.â†µ
An entire section of their Web site is devoted to it.â†µ
And like D.C. United's own uniquely dedicated supporters, the Tornados reserve tributes only for their most revered -- for players who have become synonymous with the jersey on their back.â†µ
When Branko Boskovic played his final game for Rapid in May, the Tornados greeted him with a banner in Serbian that read, "Branko, today you are one of us!"â†µ
Sorry guys, he's one of ours now. We've decided to celebrate with our very own Branko Twitter hashtag, which is so much more 2010 than your silly little banner. Don't you realize that you don't need to waste money on a banner when you can essentially do one in cyberspace?â†µ
(By the way, Bankovic is expected to play tonight, in case you were wondering).