Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
OFF THE POST: Clubbing the Seal
September 19th, 2007 9:22PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  brazil


[VIDEO] Kerlon, a 19-year-old Brazilian whose skills have been compared to Ronaldinho's, thrills fans with the "seal dribble," in which he moves past players while juggling the ball with his head. The move, however, often ends with the Cruzeiro midfielder being flattened by opponents, who claim it's the only way to stop him - and that the move is disrespectful.

Last Sunday, Kerlon bounced the ball on his head three times before Atletico Mineiro defender Coelho dropped him with an elbow-leading body block. VIDEO

A prolonged scuffle broke out and Coelho was ejected.

After his team's 4-3 win, Kerlon said, "We need to decide what we want in soccer," he said. "Is it the beautiful play or the violent play? Brazilian soccer has always been about skillful players, not violent players.

"I forgive [Coelho] for what he did to me. But I don't forgive him for what he did to soccer."

But Atletico Mineiro coach Emerson Leao, a former goalkeeper, took his own players' side: "It is a provocation. He may have to be sidelined for several years if he gets kicked in the face. I hope that never happens."

Kerlon says the move isn't intended to show disrespect to opponents and he'll never give up the seal dribble.

"They'll need to create a new law if they want me to stop," he says.

Click HERE for more Kerlon highlights.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying    
"Miami's greatness is about the interaction of a vibrant culture and the water. We will earn ...
Strikers will test measure of progress at Carolina    
[NASL: Week 2] The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, seventh and fifth in the NASL's two half-seasons, will ...
Chelsea takes on its U-8s    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Chelsea's John Terry, David Luiz, Frank Lampard et al took on ...
Collins John slapped with three-game suspension    
[USL PRO: Week 5] The USL PRO career of Collins John, the Liberian-born Dutch international who ...
What They're Saying    
"There is no problem. Tensions are a bit high; I have no problem with that. They ...
Chivas USA's McNamara faces knee surgery    
[MLS INJURY REPORT] Rookie Thomas McNamara, who had started every game for Chivas USA until being ...
Road to Rio begins for Tab Ramos' group    
[USA UNDER-21 MEN] The road to Rio begins for the U.S. men's Olympic team begins with ...
New-look Thorns aim for two in a row on road    
[NWSL: Week 2] The defending champion Portland Thorns FC remain on the road for the second ...
Lack of playing time worrying for bubble players    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] With only four weeks at most for most players before the end of their ...
Three games to watch    
[MLS: Week 7] Real Salt Lake and Portland face off for the first time since meeting ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives