John Buckley is still smiling despite his team’s loss against Portugal on Saturday. His son George, 5, also supports England while other son Anthony, 7, supports Portugal. Photos by Naomi Buckley
John Buckley is still smiling despite his team’s loss against Portugal on Saturday. His son George, 5, also supports England while other son Anthony, 7, supports Portugal. Photos by Naomi Buckley
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Five-year old George Buckley knows why England lost Saturday's World Cup football match against Portugal. He believes it's because his mother wouldn't allow him to cheer during the game.

"He was waving his England flag around so much that I worried he was going to poke someone's eye out, so I told him to stop. Now he's convinced that's the reason England lost," said his mother, Bermudian Naomi Buckley, who just happens to be a Portugal supporter.

The Buckley household is a mix of World Cup rivalries. Naomi's husband John Buckley, an investment reporting manager at Zurich Investment Services Ltd., is a Bermudian from an English family so he supports England. Their son George, 5, also supports England while his brothers Anthony, 7, and Sean, 18, are Portugal fans. The fourth son, Trevor, 18, supports Germany first and Portugal second.

And then there's Taiser, the family's seven-year old golden retriever who wore a Portugal jersey all day Saturday.

"He supports the person who looks after him during the day," explained stay-at-home-mom Naomi. She supports Portugal because of her Portuguese descent and admitted she cried upon hearing Portugal's national anthem after the game.

The family vehicle sported both Portugal and England flags until Saturday.

"We knew after Saturday one of the flags would have to come off the car, and John was a good sport about it," Naomi said. Her husband even agreed to take the Portugal-clad dog for a walk after the match.

"He told me he's going to support Portugal now since England is out, both for me and also because Portugal has never won before and he wants to watch good football," Naomi said.

She said her family is passionate about football, and the World Cup has been no exception.

"It's been tough juggling everything around the World Cup in a busy household. We've had to change a few things around with our priority being the World Cup. My friends know not to call during the games."