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A “Tribute” To Boris

Fri 20 February 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

As Boris has left Singapore at the top of the rankings, and is likely to remain there until the end of June 2009, I thought I’d do a “tribute” to Boris.

As Murray put it last night, Boris has “quick feet”.  On the other hand, far too often, he was able to get past opposing players far too easily.  The tendency is to dive in to try to win the ball, in which case, he is quick enough to get the ball past his opponent, or to stand off too far, in which case he is able to build up a bit of momentum before using a bit of trickery to get past his opponent.

Pulling down his shorts is not the answer. 🙂

Like I’ve said before, we all have different abilities, but sometimes, it is worth working on weaknesses, rather than just playing to our strengths, or to curb our natural instincts in order to play more intelligently.

I found an interesting write up on futsal skills.  I’d like to highlight the following passage:

The majority of possessions in Futsal are quick 1 or 2 touch combinations with teammates. In Futsal players who put their head down and try three or more touch combinations usually find themselves double teamed and losing the ball. The game rewards players who keep their head up, who control the ball, who support their team mates and who use one and two touch combination play to work with team mates.

Perhaps “double teaming” Boris might have been more effective. Or perhaps what is sometimes lacking in our games are “quick 1 or 2 touch combinations with teammates”.

Perhaps the fact that Boris leaves Singapore comfortably at the top of the rankings is as much a reflection as what many of us lack in our game, as much as his abilities on the ball.

John J told me that he used to play in a regular two-touch game before he joined us, in which each player was only allowed two touches, effectively, one to control the ball and the other to lay it off to a team mate or shoot.

If we end up having two sessions at the same venue and at the same time, instead of having one as an over-40s session, how about one as a two-touch game?

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  1. Fri 20 February 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Wow, Jiv, perhaps you might want to consider renaming the site to “FioBorisTheBestFAFI”, or “IWantToHaveYourLoveChildBorisFioFAFI”. Heck, why not just erect a statue of him (though I see that something else of yours is already erect).

  2. rajiv
    Fri 20 February 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Tom, you haven’t learnt to read between the lines yet have you. Perhaps one day.

  3. yaseen
    Fri 20 February 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Ha Ha… Boris is skilful but futsal is a team game and he is lucky there is always team mates covering his ass whenever he loses the ball.. Hope you reading this Boris with camels around you.. 🙂

  4. Fri 20 February 2009 at 3:40 pm

    … read between the lines …

    Have you got a link to that, Jiv?

  5. rajiv
    Fri 20 February 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Some things take time Tom. Persevere, and you’ll get there one day, even without someone to show you the way.

  6. melvinl
    Fri 20 February 2009 at 4:19 pm

    What can I say except that I’m a fan…. ever since I got duped by his backflick the ball over my head on the run routine.

    A Boris he is
    A bore he is not
    Just when you thot
    He’s run out of tricks
    He reminds you why he is GOD.

    PS: I’m always for players having a go at it rather than the systematic discliplined two-touch approach that Rajiv prefers. Just have fun, lah.

  7. Boris
    Fri 20 February 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Hehe. Just have fun is right. I do whatever I have to win that’s all. By the way, why will I be top till the end of June? That’s a long time.

  8. rajiv
    Fri 20 February 2009 at 4:42 pm

    At some point, everyone loses a game, and when you’re near the top, that pulls down the ratio significantly. If you don’t play again, there’s no chance of you losing, which means your ratio will fall only very gradually until the end of June (when I discard this quarter’s results). In the meantime, it’ll be hard for anyone to get a better ratio, especially since every time anyone who gets close loses a game, the ratio drops significantly. It’s not impossible though. Anyway, not a big deal if you stay top until June is it?

  9. yaseen
    Fri 20 February 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I think Melvin hasn’t played with lots of technically gifted players before. To call Boris GOD just for a backflip.. Oh am i flabbergasted by such a comment.. “Heck, why not just erect a statue of him”

  10. rajiv
    Fri 20 February 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Yaseen, I think it’s “St Pat’s” humour – no one can be sure what we’re trying to say.

  11. melvinl
    Fri 20 February 2009 at 5:33 pm

    @Yaseen : I meant DOG. I did a backflip of my own just to make it rhyme… after all, only dogs do tricks right??

  12. yaseen
    Fri 20 February 2009 at 5:48 pm

    ha ha.. point taken Melvin…
    good tongue in cheek : )

  13. Bret
    Sat 21 February 2009 at 1:04 am

    Play for India Boris 🙂

    Bouquets n brickbats – take em all – was fun playing with you.

    Cheers

  14. rajiv
    Sat 21 February 2009 at 11:34 am

    You’re right Bret. It’s all for fun – it’s just that it takes some people longer to truly see that.

  15. rajiv
    Sat 21 February 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Other players with “quick feet” are Lukas and Edardy. Anyone else?

  16. Reza
    Mon 23 February 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Now that Boris has gone, perhaps we should get this guy to replace him!

    http://timesonline.typepad.com/thegame/2009/02/meet-the-mini-z.html

  17. rajiv
    Mon 23 February 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Reza, have you started your stint in Hong Kong?

    The boy wouldn’t get a game with us – FIOFAFI is for adults. 🙂

  18. rajiv
    Thu 26 March 2009 at 9:36 am

    4 out of 5 voters interested in a two-touch game. I think it’s worth coming back to this later in the year.

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