Thursday, September 15, 2011

Somebody better tell AZ that Jozy Altidore can't be played as a "lone striker." (updated)

The AZ forward has just blasted home out of nothing from 22 meters to put the hosts up 1-0 on Europa League visitors Malmö FF midway through the opening frame. Jozy collected a loose ball above the area with his back to goal, turned slightly and uncorked a crazy sick rocket to the top corner without a thought in the world.

Said the Dutch announcer: "A chance? No. A beautiful goal? Yes. Unbelievable!"

In case you're wondering why such a smart-ass title, Altidore has now scored six goals in his last five home games and AZ has outscored opponents 18-0 in their last (now) five games overall. To boot, our dude also bagged three goals in his first 100 Europa League minutes of the campaign.

UPDATE: A temporary version courtesy of bhamhawker's animated GIF...




UPDATE UPDATE: The real time version, with impressed Dutch announcer...





TRANSLATION UPDATE: I've been asked several times overnight what "geweldige" means (a ka the adjective twice used by the Dutch announcer in this clip). It means "massive" or "monstrous" - basically any words that describe excellence as being huge.





- Greg Seltzer

14 comments:

bhamhawker said...

http://i52.tinypic.com/1zzhshl.gif

bhamhawker said...

And yea, I'm already regretting my stance on Altidore in our last little discussion, Greg.

Good call on him.

Greg Seltzer said...

Heh. That wasn't aimed at you, man.

bhamhawker said...

Haha, no worries, even if it was. I'm man enough to admit my mistakes (or claim temporary mental illness).

That link above is the .GIF of the goal until you can get a good video.

SPA2TACU5 said...

malmo the team that knocked rangers out of champions league qualification

Joshuaw said...

soccernet has dempsey listed as a defender. No way thats correct, right?

Greg Seltzer said...

@ joshuaw: No. They always have messed up positions on those.

Matt said...

Did that ball deflect off the defender, or was that all bend? That's a sick, sick shot, either way...

Greg Seltzer said...

All bend.

J.D. Springer said...

And yet Verbeek still looks pissed. He claps, but it's a pissed clap. Like, "Damn, I wish this American would stop scoring goals that force me to play him even though I don't really want to." I know he's intense, but the guy needs to get laid or something.

Greg Seltzer said...

He's just Gertjan. He's his own dude, doesn't care what anyone thinks... which makes him just like every other oddball Dutch coach.

Of course, everyone is an oddball in their own way. These guys just put it out on display by policy. Some other coaches do it, like Mourinho, but not as many in other countries.

The Dutch just don't give up their individuality to fit into a collective. Quite the opposite, everybody is expected to add themselves to a team project in the best way.

Of course, that doesn't always work for locker room dynamics, but plenty of teams that hated each other off the field smashed it on the field. The Yankees of the 70's immediately spring to mind.

Sean Heffernan said...

What formation does AZ play and where does Jozy line up?

SPA2TACU5 said...

@ J.D. Springer

???!

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Sean:

AZ play a 4-3-3 with Jozy as the #9.