Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The best soccer video of 2011

If you only watch one footie clip this year, please, oh please, let it be this one:

One of the underrated aspects of this video is the adidas ad in the back which reads the fastest boot just got a brain, when it is abundantly clear that the dude's brain just got a boot.

This video is interesting in a personal way to me. I spent a year living in the Netherlands and the first 6 months were spent in a small town in the dunes, where the nearest Eredivisie side was AZ Alkmaar, then just beginning their rise to big 4 status along with PSV, Ajax, and Feyenoord. In the middle of a fairy tale UEFA Cup run, I quickly caught the AZ fever. So popular was this club at the time that I couldn't manage to get tickets to a match at their cozy stadium (since replaced).

I did manage to take in two Ajax matches during the second half of my stint in the country while living in Amsterdam. Ajax are much like the New York Yankees of the Eredivisie: if you don't love them, you hate them. I sat through two underwhelming wins over bottom-feeders at the ArenA (where the above incident took place) secretly hoping the home side would fail to pull out the points. My friend and I were on the receiving end of a dual glare from father and son for failing to celebrate a late winning goal against long-since-relegated FC Den Bosch.

The kicking incident took place in a KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) match with Ajax leading 1-0 in the first half. The match will now be replayed in its entirety, with teams allowed to field any XI they choose, at an empty ArenA on January 19th, a Thursday afternoon. AZ manager Gertjan Verbeek had pulled his players off the field in protest, and rightly so, after the AZ 'keeper, Esteban, had been red-carded for his actions.

Meanwhile, the Ajax fan at the centre of it all has become somewhat of an internet celebrity; a Hooligan Wesley meme is all the rage these days in Holland. On a not-so-light note, he has been sentenced to six months jail time.


jonathan said...

It's worth noting that this keeper, Esteban, is Costa Rican and thus a potential hex opponent should both countries advance that far.

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me!!!!