Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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

MOST COMMENTED

[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: Charlie Stillitano    
"I really think they're true friendships. When a manager comes to my house for dinner, they ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Yes, we fear and don't know. Since they arrested people, things are very questionable with UEFA, ...
What They're Saying: Whitworth athletic director Tim Demant     
''As a Christ-centered university that believes in the value of all individuals, we are seeking to ...
U.S. U-23s head north to Preston for key test    
The U.S. under-23 national team will play the first of two warmup games before Olympic qualifying ...
What They're Saying: Sean St. Ledger    
"Never ever in my wildest dreams did I think I would be on the same team ...
Lou City's Fondy breaks USL season scoring record    
Matt Fondy entered Louisville City's match against Harrisburg on Wednesday night with 18 goals, two behind ...
Video Pick: An open net own goal from close range    
It's the Swedish Damallsvenskan that brings us a sadly spectacular own goal. Had Hammarby's Helen Eke ...
International callups will have heavy toll on MLS games    
The good news is that MLS is attracting more players getting callups to their national teams. ...
Post-Klopp Dortmund poised to challenge Bayern Munich     
After Borussia Dortmund hired a highly regarded young coach to replace the beloved Juergen Klopp, kept ...
Klinsmann: Guzan remains No. 1, USA needs Beas    
Of the myriad questions surrounding the U.S. men's national team ahead of the Oct. 10 match ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives