Juninho, Víctor Valdés, and the Mysterious Sources of Ineptitude and Genius
by Brian Phillips · February 25, 2009
I waited to post this while I tried to decide whether it was caused by the brilliance of Juninho (arguably the greatest dead-ball striker ever) or by the confusion of Víctor Valdés (“he gets the job done”). Did Juninho’s mesmerizing shot lull Valdés into making the wrong choice? Or did Valdés’s inexplicable error allow an improbable shot an improbable path to the goal? I still don’t know, but if the ambiguous relationship between a mistake and a moment of genius ever made a fluky goal beautiful, this is the one.
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