Monday, 27 October 2014

Robin Van Persie: The gain and Pain of Goalscoring

“It was a stupid reaction after the goal. I can see he was excited but after he was booked it was not so smart” - Louis Van Gaal

Goal(s) in the game of football is meant to separate opposing sides or put teams at per during the course of a match. Van Persie 
In real sense, when goals are scored by players, it throws everyone on the scoring side into jubilant mood which can sometimes be overwhelming depending of the importance of the goal or at what time it was score. On the other hand, the conceding side become unhappy.

Sometimes in a match, a side may have taken the lead in the early minutes while the opponent make efforts to rally back to be at per and or win the match as the case may be. In fact, a goal may come very late in that it could be the last attack of the allotted match time.  However, the importance of goal(s) in a match cannot be overemphasized because it is a determinant of a whole lot in the game. In grouping situation, goal(s) sometimes determine different positions teams assume in the group or on the log.

The goalscorer is usually the lead jubilant as he takes to any kind of gesture, artistic performance or gymnastic to express his joy. 

Sometimes, jubilation are rehearsed by members of the team or the individual player. Some common jubilation according to Wikipedia include: 

  • The scorer running away from teammates who wish to embrace or congratulate him.
  • A giant group hug of the players on the pitch with the scorer underneath, or the players jumping on each other shoulders.
  • The scorer banging with a fist on his chest.
  • The scorer kissing the club/national badge on his or her shirt, to show his or her love for the club/country.The scorer diving onto the grass with arms and legs outstretched. This was supposedly first done by Jürgen Klinsmann, shortly after he joined Tottenham Hotspur. Klinsmann was actually performing this goal celebration to satirise his own (in his belief unjustified) reputation for diving to win free-kicks and penalties. It became known as "a Klinsmann".

The above jubilation does not represent the entire forms of jubilation as we have quite a lot of moves performed especially in contemporary times. Some players have things written in their underwear or on their bodies which they might want to reveal to the fans. It could aslo be for endorsement reasons, to gain popularity or give the football world something to talk about. Like Ronaldo, Balotelli, Angel Di Maria, Gareth Bale, to mention a few of popular characters found wanting.

It should be noted that jubilation can drag the player into trouble waters and pose serious danger to the player himself as we have seen in recent times just to mention a player injuring himself during his acrobatic display in a match in India.

For these reasons, some jubilation performances have been banned and anyone who flouts the rules guiding such in their clime will be made to pay dearly. 

 If a player incites the crowd and/or takes his shirt off after scoring a goal he is likely to get booked by the referee. This can cause huge controversy if the player has already been booked, since he would then be sent off. However, some players get around this rule by pulling the hem of their shirts over the head, without taking the shirt off entirely, but this is not always overturned by the referees. Some players were receiving fines for dropping their shorts after scoring. - Wikipedia

Most recently, Robin Van Persie scored an all important goal Manchester United in a game that was almost won by Chelsea but The Reds forward struck with just seconds remaining to cancel out Didier Drogba's second-half header, capping a vibrant and valiant display against Jose Mourinho's side.

His goal obviously changed the atmosphere, helped his side salvage the situation and affect the club record on a positive. RVP took off his shirt despite knowing it would lead to a yellow card.
Despite the importance of that goal, The Reds' manager Louis Van Gaal frowned at the manner in which his player took to celebrate, branding it as ''stupid''.

“It was a stupid reaction after the goal. I can see he was excited but after he was booked it was not so smart” - Quoting the Dutch manager 

You may wonder why the coach is not pleased, well, may be players should be asked if the letters are not clear enough for them to understand. It costs the player himself, let alone the team. It is tantamount to piercing ones self in the eye. Although it come as a natural impulse, what can you then say of players who ensure they do not celebrate when they score against a side they have once fielded for? Come on, players can avoid the extremism and be modest in jubilation so as to leave all parties at peace.

The game is for humans and not robots hence the game is full of emotions-obcenity can be tamed but not players' reactions when they score

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