Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Arash's World: The Unsung Hero: The Daily Struggles of the Ordinary Person

Arash's World: The Unsung Hero: The Daily Struggles of the Ordinary Person

Johan Cruijff's grandson

If you've ever felt the pressure of having to live up to expectations, spare a thought for young Jessua Andrea, who came to Amsterdam at the Easter weekend to play in FC Barcelona's junior B team. His surname: Angoy-Cruijff. Yep, that's Cruijff as in Johan. Or as legions of Dutch football fans like to call him: "God".
A Dutch newspaper reports that "all eyes were on the 17-year-old" as he took to the pitch "wearing number 14, just like his grandad". There were no divine revelations, however. Jessua could not prevent his team from suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of their Dutch counterparts from Ajax. "I'd really like to have won here, but it wasn't to be" shrugs the teenager philosophically. "But it was special playing here. My grandad shone on this pitch."

The coaches at Barcelona have the thankless task of keeping the pressure off young Jessua. "You can't compare him with Johan Cruijff," they insist. "Every player is different." Only to add tantalisingly "Although I do see a family resemblance..."

Hamas' Children

Day Opening - April 6

Madrid, Spain