Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Dedicated to Dempo Football Club

Diego Vs Southampton

Life sure is interesting. You feel you are in complete control and wham next minute you are at the bottom of the pile. At times nothing depicts the unpredictability of life better than sport. And what better sport than the beautiful game itself.I could quote numerous instances here. But I will stick to one. ( don't want to bore all you cricket lovers!)

Most football fans first heard of Diego Forlan when he was "poached" by Manchester United from Middlesbrough at the Heathrow airport just as he had landed from South America! He had spent the previous years scoring goals for fun. People gasped when they saw the statistics. Everything seemed to point out to the fact that Forlan was class and was going to be the next big thing.

Over the next thirty months Forlan went through hell. It took the guy eight months to score his first goal and that came from a penalty against an Israeli club. He looked out of place every time he stepped on the pitch though it has to be said that the guy rarely got more than a few minutes every game

What he did offer was comic relief. Often he would trip over the ball, take shots that would end up near the corner flag miles away from the goal evoking laughter among the opposition fans. United fans were often left wondering what had made the club close to 7 million pounds on him. He often found himself in ridiculous positions like in his own half meaning his own players didnt have any striker to pass the ball too.

Even when he did score like he did against Southampton he found himself in trouble. He removed his shirt in celebration and found it impossible to put it back on. Some intelligent guy passed the ball to him and he had to play with his shirt in his hand! (see photo above)

The arrival of the very horny and very well behaved Wayne Rooney effectively meant that he had to look for pastures else where. He joined Villarreal in Spain (not a well known club by any means among non-football fans) at the beginning of this season.

The rest as they say is history. The man scored on debut, everyone put it down as a fluke. More goals followed and everytime he scored we were wondering what was he doing wrong at United. One year and 25 goals later Forlan has ended up top scorer in Spain ahead of well known super stars like Ronaldo, Raul, Owen and Etoo and Villarreal find themselves in unchartered territories of the Champions league.

Truly a brilliant, something that can be appreciated more by people who remember the crap that he was at Old Trafford. As for you, the next time you are feeling down remember Diego Forlan!

PS: The title is a dedication to one of my best friends Mr. Varun Ramdas. The only person I know who follows Indian football with dedication. It so happens his team is Dempo Sports Club, Goa and they won the national league title this year.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

footie sure is unpredictable....glad he finished ahead of eto'o in the pichichi charts.


3:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonder if forlan shed a tear :-)....also important to note that dempo have won the league.


5:02 AM  
Blogger P said...

ROTFL! Yeah. I expected more out of you man! Anyway, I changed the blog title!

5:29 AM  
Blogger Hari said...

I can knowledgeably state I know Forlan, Southampton, ManU, Villareal....yay...and now that my knowledge of football has been exhausted, lemme say... interesting post...oh the cricket analogy I promised..
"You feel you are in complete control and wham next minute you are at the bottom of the pile" - U know what Saurav Ganguly is thinking

11:43 AM  
Blogger P said...

You are the man! Very surprised you know Villarreal :) As for Ganguly I think Glamorgan have taken a huge risk. Maybe his career will see another sharp turn there! Dont forget to watch Federer Vs Nadal

8:37 PM  
Blogger Hari said...

Waiting eagerly for that's gonna be a treat I hope....watched Nadal hit that on the run forehand mentioned in the Hindu article....brilliant da...but there's nothing like watching Federer on court da...can't help but admire the guy

10:03 PM  
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2:58 AM  
Blogger P said...

LOL! I wonder what our man has to say! Will never forget that day :)

Any trivia about RMKV and that very long sari?!

8:25 AM  
Blogger Sharad said...

Hahaha, nice bit about Ramdas da- he has this obsession with Indian Football, Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy, etc etc...

Reminds me of 12th std of the free periods, and Ramdas and friends @ Dumb Charades - sports round ....He actually guessed stuff like Tanvir Jabbar ( who the f*** ) and Sunil Oasis ( Kerala RAnji team captain). The scary bit is that it takes two people to play Dumb C ! So there are more of his kind .....

As for what I think , football is bloody boring !

10:38 AM  
Blogger P said...

Yeah da. The way Dempo won he sent all of us a sms. He was so excited! Its sad that you are in UK and you dont like football. Football is NOT boring! its 90 minutes of entertainment unless its one those Italian teams.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Kirthi said...

I don't really know what's it with Man U, somehow it divests its players of their original form and glory. Look at Nistelrooy for instance, he seems to have hit an abyssmal low.

8:27 PM  
Blogger P said...

very true. there doesn't seem to be a strong transfer policy in place. And any team apart from the first XI looks very weak. And spending millions on guys like Djemba Djemba, Saha, Kleberson, Miller, Veron, Forlan just hasnt helped. And the team is ageing. Keane has two seasons maximum left in him, Scholes and Giggs also are heading downhill. Now they have a cap of 25 million pounds for transfer fees every season. Comparing that with the brutal spending power of Chelsea, Madrid and now even Barcelona is not good news for United fans.

8:52 PM  

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