Football video: Catania’s pants free-kick tactics
Drop your shorts, boys. He won’t see a thing
Revolutionary set-piece tactics were on display in Serie A this weekend. Catania’s players dropped deep into the penalty area, dropped their shorts to their knees to unsight the goalkeepers and stood back to enjoy as team-mate Giuseppe Mascara popped the ball into the back of the net.
Torino keeper Matteo Sereni had a splendid view of a sea of blue shorts and an array of the finest Italian underwear, but he could not see the ball. In fact, he didn’t see it again until he was picking it out of the net.
I kind of feel bad for my under 6s football coach now. Maybe we got it wrong and he was just light years ahead of his time.