Wondering what you guys think of Brazilian teenager Kerlon and his seal dribble. If you haven't seen it yet, be patient, there's a link below. But basically during play he flips the ball up onto his forehead and balances it like a seal at Marineland, then attempts to run through the defence. Sometimes the race down the wing, heading the ball to himself as he runs. Other times he'll try to weave through traffic at the top of the 18-yard box.
It's pretty clear what his opponents think of this teenage sensation and his novelty play.
|Shout out to Kerlon and his dribble.|
Check out the boot to the stomach from the guy in yellow in the first clip, and the Scott Stevens-style shoulder to the sternum from the guy in blue the next time Kerlon tries to seal through the defence.
Their disdain for the tactic is clear, but how do the rest of us feel?
Personally, I don't mind it. Don't know if I'd watch a whole team full of Kerlons seal dribbling for 90 minutes, but I respect his ingenuity. As far as clever plays are concerned, I'd rank it a notch or two below the hockey player from the University of Michigan who scored that lacrosse style goal.
Kerlon stays out of the top spot because the seal dribble, while it's entertaining and innovative, still hasn't proved effective. The move might make highlight reels world wide, but seal dribble or not, he only scored once in his first 33 appearances with Cruzeiro.
I can't help noticing that the goals in this Kerlon tribute reel come from free kicks and open play, and not from fancy tricks. But as I said two weeks ago, as a soccer non purist I reserve the right to be impressed by flashy plays that accomplish nothing.
The seal dribble accomplishes one important thing:
Often, that's enough for me.