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

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
Where to Watch European Soccer    
The new European club season has started up. Here are places Soccer America readers recommend where ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Friday] No. 7 New Mexico had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Drexel before ...
Wooten scores second late winner in two weeks    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] German-American Andrew Wooten scored his second game-winning goal in two games to lead Sandhausen ...
Dempsey teams up again with XO    
[VIDEO PICK: Music] The FIFA 15 release party in New York featured its cover boy, Clint ...
New and the old square off in semifinals    
[USL PRO: Semifinals] Two first-year clubs -- Sacramento Republic FC and La Galaxy II -- and ...
Attention on battle for first place -- and fourth    
[NASL: Fall Week 11] First place will be on the line Saturday when the San Antonio ...
Nasco nightmare gives RSL Rocky Mountain Cup    
[MLS: Friday] Joe Nasco, the former Georgia police officer who made his MLS debut this summer ...
Riquelme still brilliant at 36     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme has always been one of the most delightful ...
What They're Saying: Danny Murphy    
"Basically, half his finger was off and you could see his tendon. Glass shattered -- it ...
Abbott is 'incredibly impressed' with Sac scene    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] How does Sacramento stack up? MLS president Mark Abbott said he's not about to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives