Football-wise, I have always been favouring the goalkeeping department (winger comes second). Kids regularly shouted Alessandro Del Piero’s or David Beckham’s names at that time, but when being questioned “do you have any favourite player in the upcoming European Football Championship?” for my high school admission interview (yes we had it) back in the year 2000, I answered, “Yes, Francesco Toldo”. That was during his long-term spell in Fiorentina. If not because of my glasses, I would also have made an effort to assume the goalkeeper position in my entire period as a high school student. I played as one once, and made two important saves without wearing my spectacles. Subsequently I played as a centre-back.
I always enjoy the moments goalkeepers stop dangerous shots and penalty kicks. It is like halting somebody else’s masturbation, a legal killjoy, and thus at such particular point of time my satisfaction level goes ad infinitum. I was in such state when Vladimir Stojkovic prevented Lukas Podolski from scoring from the 12-yard spot. In consequence, I have always enjoyed penalty shoot-out.
And there was the first penalty shoot-out in World Cup 2010. I was expecting great actions from both Justo Villar and Eiji Kawashima, just like the excellence they had shown prior to the shoot-out, but it turned out that the failed penalty kick from Yuichi Komano hitting the crossbar that enabled Paraguay to proceed to the quarter-final. I am on Japan’s side in this match, but congrats to Paraguay.
Now, I shall go home and sleep. There will be a meeting coming this afternoon, and I haven’t finished my class diagram. 🙂
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