WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEKEND: FAITH, HUGS AND KISSES

Home and abroad, football was on the menu this weekend, being served in all of its 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: Sammie Frimpong

SOULAMA ATONES

Soulama-AbdoulayeGuts. Sometimes that’s all you need to defy reason and common sense — and, over the weekend, no-one displayed more of that in world football than Hearts of Oak coach Sergio Traguil. It does take a remarkable degree of trust to believe that lightning — in the form of a player so tall impulses seemingly can’t travel from his brain to the feet fast enough even if his very life depended on it — wouldn’t strike twice but Traguil took that leap. In the end, it was a pretty easy decision. I mean, who better to keep goal against Kotoko than a former Kotoko No.1, right?

And Soulama repaid the Portuguese’s trust just fine — if only, of course, you could overlook the fact that he committed one of the trade’s cardinal sins in conceding Kotoko’s goal from the angle he did. Still, it’s so small a price to pay for so brave an expression of faith, you’d agree.

 

MOU AND PEP AS ONE

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It was a rare weekend as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola actually agreed on something for the first time since, er, never: namely, that journalists are among the worst perverts on earth, after both were pestered with questions over whether the pair, now bosses of Manchester’s two biggest sides, were going to shake hands ahead of their June 25 International Champions Cup clash in Beijing. Not that we needed them to confirm the fact that elements of the press — minus WWLTW, needless to say — are a pretty messed-up lot, but hearing it from two people who’d usually filter each other’s breath before even thinking of inhaling if ever they inhabit the same room, well. . . that’s something else.

 

MIXED WEEKEND

Borussia Dortmund fans probably still can’t believe it; WWLTW can’t either, if it makes them feel any better.

When Mario Gotze walked out of the Westfalenstadion just three years ago, it was supposed to be the end of his life as Dortmund fans had known it. They branded him ‘Judas’, burned effigies of him, derided him with chants, impaled his shadow, petitioned Fifa over the validity of an extra-time volleyed goal after his Mundial-winning strike in 2014, and even took the life-changing decision to quit playing the Mario video game for life en masse. And now they need to hit that big ‘UNDO’ button to reverse all that as contrite Gotze returns to the club. Then again, it really shouldn’t be too hard for the ‘Yellow Wall’ to mellow and embrace the prodigal returnee — their club’s motto, after all, should inspire them to show some True Love, no?

 

PICTURE OF THE WEEK

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