In an age where football (and thus the games that simulate football) is becoming less about individual skill and finesse and more about team tactics and defensive responsibilities, sometimes players and their style of play are like a breath of fresh air as they surprise you with some sort of unthinkable move.
Fans and spectators want to be entertained and it’s generally not the team players who provide most of this entertainment. It’s not the hard-working, combative Nigel de Jong’s and Nemanja Matic’s of this world people want to see when they go to a football stadium.
People want to see players who are prone to skipping past defenders elegantly, people want to see a great piece of skill and entertainment. Sure, we admire the defensive qualities of players like Chiellini and Terry, or the crossing abilities of someone like Di Maria or even the cool killer-instinct of forwards like Cristiano Ronaldo, but it’s the flair players—the ones who do unexpected things—that generally entertain the most.
Almost all of us, the commons fans, love watching players who can do special things with the ball, players who can surprise us. We might not like it when they do it against our team, but as a neutral, it is exciting and fun to watch.
This long, elaborate introduction brings me to this simple video.
I assume you have watched the video? Pretty impressive, isn’t it? You have to admire the skill displayed there by Chawin Arwuebusa, a defender no less!
For me, football and therefore Football Manager is all about entertainment, the anticipation of a skillful player trying to skip past his marker, the shock when a player pulls something unexpected out of his hat. That’s what football is about. I just felt like sharing this lovely executed bicycle kick. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.