The Goalkeeper

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.

Francesco Toldo

Francesco Toldo, nalika semono

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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5 Responses to “The Goalkeeper”

  1. 1 Pak Guru 30/06/2010 at 4:23 AM

    Ahh Toldo. His heroics against the Netherlands in ’00 were the stuff of legends. Keeper of the year. The man for Italy fans in early ’00s. So liking him was not that edgy.

  2. 2 lambrtz 30/06/2010 at 9:54 AM

    Dude, the interview was before the Euro 2000. :mrgreen:

  3. 3 lambrtz 30/06/2010 at 10:08 AM

    But I agree. That was classy act indeed. And also a shoot-out that will always be remembered. Totti’s chip? :mrgreen:

  4. 4 itikkecil 01/07/2010 at 8:34 PM

    Ah, Toldo…. it reminds me that I always love watching him playing for Inter…
    forza Inter!!!

  5. 5 lambrtz 02/07/2010 at 1:47 AM

    *tembak rudal ke Julio Cesar* 😈

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