A professional foul in a Brazilian second tier game leads to a full on, 10 minute war involving every member of both teams, plus the subs. It’s pretty vicious stuff, but I particularly enjoyed a couple of chest high air shot karate kicks, like a a comedy Dutch tribute act combining Nigel de Jong in the World Cup final and Robin van Persie versus Denmark. Take a look below…
Unsurprisingly, the referee showed 12 red cards and the game was abandoned.
Anyone who’s played football has been there – the miss from two yards out, the horrendous own goal, the time when you thought you heard the referee’s whistle and let the opposition striker run past you and score the winning goal. Moments when you wish the ground would open up and swallow you. For me, these were all in the same game, which explains why I was only picked once for my school football team.
It’s this shared experience that allows you to empathise when this kind of thing -
A shocker, but it happens to the best of us, you might think. When you find out that this isn’t Deivid’s first, or even second ridiculous miss however, you start to wonder if he really can be counted as ‘the best of us.’ Check out these 5 other incredible failures to find the net, all for the same club – Flamengo of Brazil… My favourite is the backwards diving header. Genius.
Being a fan of a small team can be a lonely affair at times. Friends, work colleagues and the media sometimes seem to only care about the big clubs – no one wants to hear about your away trips to Doncaster Rovers, or the exciting young prospect you’ve just picked up from Margate. So it’s nice to turn up on a Saturday afternoon and know you’re not alone, that there are other people out there who share your passion.
However, when poor Tiago Rech turned up to Santa Cruz’s away game against big boys Gremio in the Brazilian cup, he really was alone. He made the 4,000 mile round trip, on his own, to watch his team get beaten 4-1. That’s some seriously applaudable dedication. Here’s what he had to say…
“When I got in I realised it was just me and four police. But it was worth it. When we scored I didn’t care I was alone. I screamed and went for it. That’s when I saw the journalists looking at me. On the radio later they talked of ‘the dance of the lone fan of Santa Cruz’. It was a great day.”
Here’s footage of the man himself. I wonder if that’s a certain 2005 single by Akon he’s listening to?