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I’m not a huge soccer fan, by any means. I remember wanting to play soccer as a kid, but I think that was only because it seemed like the easiest sport to play. At a youth level, maybe it is, but at the higher level, absolutely not. You need to be at your peak physical fitness to play at the level the guys at the World Cup are at.
You also need to be good at diving.
I’m thinking this video is a perfect example of why Canadians aren’t really all that into soccer. I mean, when you grow up watching a game where bone-crushing hits are the norm, and the guys who get hit don’t wallow around in pain afterward… It’s tough watching guys who will fall over when hit by a slight breeze and blame it on the other team.
See, that’s what I’m talking about there.
I’m not trying to bash soccer as a sport. There are plenty of players who play the game fairly, without what would be an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty if they tried it in the NHL.
And then, of course, there is the occasional legitimate injury.
This is one of those, and one of the weirdest ones I’ve ever seen. It happened during yesterday’s match between England and Italy. From the Daily Mail:
England physio Gary Lewin was carried off on a stretcher with a dislocated ankle in bizarre circumstances after Daniel Sturridge’s equaliser.
Lewin, a former member of Arsenal’s physio staff, picked up the injury after standing on a water bottle while celebrating England’s 37th-minute leveller – and was even carried off on the stretcher usually reserved for his players and will fly back to England.
Roy Hodgson’s staff jumped off the bench in celebration but Lewin, who will be replaced by Steve Kemp for the remainder of the tournament, immediately fell to the floor and repeatedly banged the ground with his fist.
Yes, he dislocated and fractured his ankle WHILE CELEBRATING. You gotta watch out for those water bottles. I’m guessing many at the time found it kind of humorous, not knowing the extent of the injury. Former England defender Rio Ferdinand even took to Twitter about it.
What happened to running it off??? The magic spray & sponge??? Our Physio Gary Lewin has to man up!!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 15, 2014
Though to his credit, he did apologize after learning how bad it was.
Was only having a bit of banter but just found out that Gary Lewins injury was serious so apologies for previous tweets on the injury.My bad — Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 15, 2014
You can see it in his face… He thinks it’s as ridiculous as everyone else.
‘That was a very sad moment for us,’ England boss Roy Hodgson said. ‘In celebrating the goal he jumped up, landed on a water bottle and dislocated his ankle.
‘It was very painful. He was taken to hospital. The doctor set it, put it back in at the side of the field, but it’s the end of the World Cup for Gary.’
Yep, sure enough, he’s on his way home to England.
What a kick in the pants: injured during a celebration… But that just about sums up how things seem to go for the English in international soccer. For a country that’s so football-mad, they have a surprisingly low number of World Cup wins (only one, back in 1966). England lost the game 2-1, so they’re not off to a great start to try and win a second.