FOLLOWING a team in the World Cup is proving difficult for one Argentine-born city man.
For he has close ties to three countries competing in the tournament which has millions of people worldwide gripped by every touch of the ball.
Born in Argentina to Italian parents, Carlos Parlato (46) now calls England his home.
And while the father-of-two, who has lived in Peterborough for seven years, will cheer for Argentina today as they look to make it two wins with victory over South Korea – when it comes to choosing one team to win overall, he cannot pick between the three countries which lay claim to his heart.
Mr Parlato, who runs El Tano Drums music studio at The Square, Vicarage Farm Road, Fengate, Peterborough, said: “I’m not really a big fan of football but I do follow the World Cup.
“The problem is who do I support?
“I was born in Argentina but my culture is Italian and I live in England – and my own family support England.
“My boys, who are 15 and 20, play and like football and are more English than Argentine. They will support England.
“I will be happy if Argentina, Italy or England win.”
As for the most notorious England-Argentine moment in World Cup history, where England crashed out of the 1986 Quarter Finals after Diego Maradona scored with an unpenalised handball – a match England ended up losing 2-1 – Mr Parlato admits he sides with English fans.
He said: “The Hand of God. I think the quality of the man is in his feet rather than in his hands.
“I think he is too short to be playing basketball, I support totally where the English fans come from with that.”
But the drummer, who has played as a session musician for the likes of Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira, said the most important thing about the World Cup and football was that everyone should show each other due respect.
He added: “What is very important to me is that while people are passionate about the football, they need to pay respect to each other.
“At the end of the day, what’s different between English and Argentine?
“We both have two legs, two arms etc.
“When people play music, they play music regardless of different languages and cultures and it is the same that when people play football, they play football.
“It doesn’t matter if they are Argentine, Italian or English.”