Lame penalties, lice and EdmundoÃ¢ÂÂs flash retirement
After weeks of placid quietude, Edmundo has had another outburst. After missing a crucial penalty kick in the Copa do Brasil semi-final, our very own Animal shaved his head and announced his retirement on Thursday.
I donÃ¢ÂÂt remember what I had for lunch yesterday. But I do remember EdmundoÃ¢ÂÂs performance at penalty kicks. Below par, to say it with the due respect the former Brazilian international deserves.
So I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt believe it when I saw him walking up to the penalty spot once again Ã¢ÂÂ this time in the Vasco vs Sport shootout on Wednesday.
He had just netted VascoÃ¢ÂÂs second goal - in the 91st minute - which tied the aggregate score and took the game to penalties. So, even if his team didnÃ¢ÂÂt go through, the 37-year-old was going to be praised for getting them that far.
But things seldom end well with Edmundo. As he strolled up to the spot you could see what the fans were thinking. Ã¢ÂÂNo, not him! Please no.Ã¢ÂÂ In other words: you could see the train wreck around the corner, but couldnÃ¢ÂÂt warn the driver.
The Animal then punted the ball on to the Copacabana and Sport got their ticket to face Corinthians in the final Ã¢ÂÂ more about this game next week Ã¢ÂÂ by winning the shootout 5-4.
Oh, and last year Edmundo had also caused Palmeiras' elimination from the same Copa do Brasil by missing a penalty in the shootout against minnows Ipatinga.
Edmundo shoots and, predictably, misses
Team-mates said the striker cried a lot in the dressing room. Next day, when he returned to SÃÂ£o JanuÃÂ¡rio, he showed up bald and talked about hanging up his boots. Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm angry with my self, shaving the head was a punishment. I canÃ¢ÂÂt take it anymore, IÃ¢ÂÂm anticipating my retirement. IÃ¢ÂÂll let the president know. Ã¢ÂÂ
But kingpin Eurico Miranda didnÃ¢ÂÂt accept EdmundoÃ¢ÂÂs resignation. Ã¢ÂÂHeÃ¢ÂÂs important to the club. It wasnÃ¢ÂÂt his fault that Vasco was eliminated. HeÃ¢ÂÂs a club employee and will practice on Friday.Ã¢ÂÂ
The president even mocked the Animal. Ã¢ÂÂI asked him if he shaved his hair off because he had lice. He said he did it because he was upset. Ok then, I replied, now go home and be back here tomorrow.Ã¢ÂÂ
This time, fans supported the resolution of the controversial Eurico Miranda, whose decisions precipitated RomÃÂ¡rioÃ¢ÂÂs retirement. But perhaps they wonÃ¢ÂÂt welcome coach AntÃÂ´nio LopesÃ¢ÂÂ idea. Ã¢ÂÂEdmundo is still the official penalty taker. I donÃ¢ÂÂt see why not.Ã¢ÂÂ
For everyoneÃ¢ÂÂs sake, Edmundo should keep on playing Ã¢ÂÂ providing that he stays far away from the spot, of course. And, given the coachÃ¢ÂÂs view, this decision has to be taken by the player himself.
HeÃ¢ÂÂs old enough to know heÃ¢ÂÂs a lame penalty taker, admitting it wonÃ¢ÂÂt stain his resume. Not that he's ever worried about that...