Sunday, March 25, 2007


Sidoarjo v Arema Malang

Once in a while a goalkeeper truly can be a match winner, Their performance has helped their team to a result that otherwise they didn't deserve. 1973 was a good year for goalkeepers. Who can forget Jim Montgomery single handedly holding Leeds United, then perhaps the biggest club in England, at bay before Sunderland, then in the old Second Division, went on to win the FA Cup.
Later that year Jan Tomaszewski, dubbed the clown by Brian Clogh, stood between England and World Cup qualification.
Today Achmad Kurniawan stood between annihalation and respectabilty. History records a 0-0 draw but those who watched the game will remember it for a superlative performance by AK as he is affectionately known. Whether I remember it in 34 years time remains to be seen but it is a performance that deserves a wider stage.

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