October 29, 2006

Club orders Bulgarian player to get married: Litex Lovech have ordered striker Ivelin Popov to get married in the coming year in the hope it curtails his wild living. "My bosses are right to want such a thing from me because they know my temper." Is there something lost in the translation here or is this a recipe for disaster?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to soccer at 10:59 AM - 13 comments

As a strategy to bring a wild character into line, this plan has never, ever, ever failed. Not in sports, not in Hollywood, not in any Royal Family, never. Poor girlfriend.

posted by chicobangs at 11:49 AM on October 29, 2006

This won't end well.

posted by mkn at 02:22 PM on October 29, 2006

Is this the club that just hired Mike Tyson as its team morale director?

posted by texoma-slim at 02:37 PM on October 29, 2006

I can't say I calmed down that much in my first few years of marriage. It was the kid that settled me down. Maybe they are thinking regular sack time will calm him down, know what I mean?

posted by Psycho at 03:15 PM on October 29, 2006

Yeah I really want to be the wife so I can calm down a temper.....NOT! Disaster waiting to happen on this one. "Honey I don't really love you and don't really want to stop having girlfriends but hey will you marry me so my club will be happy?" Just because a guy is married does not mean his temper calms, he stops having girlfriends or even being wild in any way. It is time this boy steps up and becomes a man without the help of a woman.

posted by skydivemom at 05:09 PM on October 29, 2006

Yeah, skydivemom, that's easy to say. But we all know that's how it works, right? Sometimes the fella is the Shrew that needs to be tamed, not the other way around, right? I mean, I've seen Footballer's Wives. You don't have to tell me. I know. I know. Never mind that this woman fell for this crazy party animal as well, and quite possibly wouldn't recognize her Big Bad Bill if he did wake up one day as Sweet William.

posted by chicobangs at 06:14 PM on October 29, 2006

He just needs to find a woman like Andrei Kirilenko's wife..

posted by blarp at 07:26 PM on October 29, 2006

Well chico I have never seen Footballers Wives so I don't know what you are talking about. All I am saying is the guy needs to grow up himself and not have his team expect some woman to do it. It will never happen unless he does it himself. I know plenty of women who get men to marry them thinking they will change him and wake up 20 years later married to the same guy. I personnally married a great guy so I am glad 10 years later I am still waking up to him. If she did in fact for fall of this crazy party animal than maybe she won't marry him because they say it will change him.

posted by skydivemom at 07:30 PM on October 29, 2006

I wish the article would have gone into more detail. But all I can say to the girlfriend is "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE AND NEVER LOOK BACK!" I hate to admit it but I did that very same thing with my EX husband. I doubt that getting married will tame Popov down any.

posted by steelergirl at 11:15 PM on October 29, 2006

And btw, it wasn't me that needed the taming down! Ha! ha!

posted by steelergirl at 11:16 PM on October 29, 2006

I'm sorry, s'mom. I was kidding. I think this is as ludicrous as you do. Footballer's Wives is a trashy British soap about the bad craziness that goes down in the boudoirs of the Premier League.

posted by chicobangs at 09:18 AM on October 30, 2006

I can't say I calmed down that much in my first few years of marriage. It was the kid that settled me down. If I may, it was probably wanting to settle down (or wanting to conserve energy to be a good/responsible father) that made you settle down, not having the kid. If you don't want to change, not gonna happen.

posted by psmealey at 11:52 AM on October 30, 2006

Men marry expecting that their wife will never change. Women marry expecting to change their husband. That is the tragedy of marriage. George Bernard Shaw, I think. But he never mentions football clubs.

posted by owlhouse at 01:37 PM on October 30, 2006

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