Home and abroad, football was on the menu this weekend, being served in all flavours. Here at WWLTW, though, we like it best in one particular shade, namely, the ‘weird’ — and, thankfully, we did have enough of that.
Join us feast, then!
By: KickerGH Staff
PENALTIES: A RISING ART?
The clichéd ‘dying art’ tag has long been used to describe those footballing skills — like tackling, heading, defending, poaching etc — which seem to have only grown poorly mastered over the years. After a weekend of really horrible penalties, from Ghana’s President’s Cup to the ongoing European Championship in France (and some of the balls struck in the shootout which decided the former may actually have made the journey all the way to the latter, really), though, WWLTW wonders just how long before the term is applied to penalty-taking as well. It might, however, be more prudent to label penalties a rising art instead of a dying one, given that the trajectory of kicks have literally taken an upward turn on current evidence.
A TALE OF ONE ‘BROKE’ CITY
It’s no secret that Techiman City’s very participation in the ongoing Ghana Premier League sends the blood pressure of some people rising a notch each matchday. Hence, it came as something of a not-so-surprising surprise when, over the weekend, the club’s president, the all-powerful ‘Micky Charles’, threatened to boycott the championship due to financial difficulties presumably caused by the league’s failure to land sponsorship.
His concerns may be genuine, of course, and WWLTW can’t help but empathize with how anyone should “continue to borrow from friends and close ones” to run a campaign. But, then again, it isn’t like anyone invited them to the party, is it?
Familiar with that scenario when you mess up big-time and you’re there waiting in dread for your parents to decide what’s in store for you, only for your sibling to come to your ‘rescue’ with an act of mischief so far worse that your folks’ focus now zooms on him/her?
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I give you Lionel Messi’s weekend — definitely a good one!
In the end, it was the only way Germany could beat Italy at a major tournament: dragging the Azzurri to a field that’s German speciality and nailing them. That’s bullying, no doubt, yet the world champions — once so unerringly proficient at penalties — were almost caught in their own trap this time. I mean, who ever thought as many as three Germans could fluff their lines in a single shootout?