Golden Boy nod puts Pulisic’s year in perspective

first_imgChristian Pulisic Golden Boy nod puts Christian Pulisic’s year in global perspective Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 01:56 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund Getty Images United States Borussia Dortmund The U.S. sensation’s inclusion on the short list for the Golden Boy award, honoring the best player 21 and younger in Europe, is a significant nod It may have come a day after Christian Pulisic’s actual birthday, but his nod as a nominee for the prestigious Golden Boy award is still a birthday present the American should feel proud of.Monday felt like an unofficial American soccer holiday, with Pulisic’s birthday generating plenty of acknowledgment from fans, teammates and media, but Tuesday’s news that he was one of 25 nominees for the Golden Boy award — honoring the top European-based player younger than 21 — was the best present of them all.BVB 23/10 to beat Real Madrid Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing No, he isn’t going to win the award — Kylian Mbappe has both hands on that prize — but Pulisic being a nominee puts his amazing year into the kind of broader perspective it is tough to gain from inside the American soccer fishbowl.If you take a look at the lists of finalists for the award, which is presented annually by Italian newspaper Tuttosport and voted on by media from across Europe, you realize two things. First, that his exploits with Borussia Dortmund have resonated beyond Germany and the United States. Second, you realize that he’s not only deserving of the nomination, but he’s one of the better candidates on the list.This isn’t a case of Pulisic being good for an American, or being compared to the modest measuring sticks available in American soccer history. He is being acknowledged as one of the best young players in Europe. While most Americans already assumed to be true, now they’ve been given more evidence to support that belief.Pulisic’s exploits, both in Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League play, have turned heads throughout the year, and after announcing himself on European soccer’s biggest stages last season, he has picked up where he left off this season. That really shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but there is still something almost too good to be true about Pulisic’s meteoric rise, particularly when put in the context of American soccer.Another good thing about the Golden Boy award is that it’s a distinction that compares him to his peers, rather than to history and to legendary players who have already put together lengthy resumes. There is no point drawing those sorts of comparisons just yet, not with a player who is just in his second full year on the world stage. It is no secret that, at 19, he is considerably further along than any American before him, but it’s also true that present-day success does not guarantee future success.Christian Pulisic Davinson Sanchez Dortmund TottenhamWe need look no further than to the Golden Boy Award’s 2016 winner, Renato Sanches, for a reminder how quickly things can change. A year ago he was shining on Portugal’s championship Euros team, and making a big-money move to Bayern Munich. Now, after struggling to break through at Bayern last season, he’s on loan at Swansea and enduring a slow start to a new league, and drawing much less buzz as a future superstar than he was a year ago.Sanches’ story is a reminder that the European soccer machine is an unforgiving one, and it helps produce the world’s best talent specifically because of just how difficult it is. It is that pressure cooker that has helped mold Pulisic and bring him along more quickly than any American teenager before him, and it is that same pressure cooker that will keep testing him.Watching Pulisic rise to that challenge is what has helped captivate the imagination of American soccer fans who have spent decades waiting for one of their own to ascend to the game’s highest levels and shine there. We just aren’t used to seeing young Americans taking on the likes of Real Madrid in Champions League matches, or lifting European trophies like the DFB Pokal he helped Borussia Dortmund win last spring. That’s why American soccer fans have become enamored with Pulisic’s early accomplishments, much like the serially unlucky blackjack player who finally wins big and can’t stop counting their chips.Pulisic probably isn’t spending too much time keeping his own personal check list of accomplishments — that’s what fans, media and parents are for — but he should take some time to process his Golden Boy nomination, the company it puts him in and what it says about the year he is having. As far as birthday presents go, it’s a pretty good one.last_img read more

Who is Adil Rami’s partner Pamela Anderson?

first_imgAdil Rami Pamela Anderson dating Adil Rami – who is the Baywatch actress & Marseille footballer boyfriend? 01:45 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pamela Anderson Adil Rami GFX Getty composite Olympique Marseille Metz Coupe de France Ligue 1 WTF The glamour model, now 50, is back in the headlines after having been spotted at Stade Velodrome supporting her new partner Pamela Anderson, a household name in the 1990s, has been back in the media lately after the celebrity gossip columns discovered she had ditched the glamour of Hollywood in favour of the south of France – and a footballer boyfriend.Now shacked up in Marseille with Adil Rami, Goal looks at what we know about football’s latest power couple…Who is Pamela Anderson? If you don’t already know then you’ve been living under a rock or simply too young to remember. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pamela Denise Anderson is a Canadian-American actress and model who is best known for her role in ’90s action drama series Baywatch, an action drama series set around the lives of lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County. David Hasselhoff, supposedly the most watched man on television of all time, was an on-screen co-star.Anderson shot to fame in 1990 after becoming Playboy magazine’s ‘Playmate of the Month’ and went on to make several films, none of which garnered the same global attention as Baywatch. The 50-year-old did however receive a good deal of media attention through two of her marriages – first to heavy metal band Motley Crue’s drummer Tommy Lee and later to musician Kid Rock. Anderson is also an activist for animal rights – to which much of her Twitter attention is devoted – and a staunch vegan.Pamela Anderson at MarseilleWho is Adil Rami? Adil Rami, 32, is a centre-back who has played in a variety of countries at a variety of levels, but currently plies his trade with Ligue 1 outfit Marseille.Rami was born in Bastia, Corsica to Moroccan parents but opted to play for France at international level, with whom he has clocked up 33 caps over the years.In terms of honours, the defender has won Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Europa LeagueHow long have Pamela & Rami been dating? The couple are said to have first been introduced during the Monaco Grand Prix in may 2017 and swiftly moved in together in Marseille just a few months afterwards.Anderson admitted to the Daily Mail that she had not been looking for love at the time the pair met, but claims that the pair are very much besotted with each other, even if she is 18 years Rami’s senior.“He calls me an alien,” she said, “He says ‘Come on, you must be 30, not 50 – show me your driver’s licence, this is impossible, impossible! There are plenty of girls younger than you, how do you do this?’”Which other teams has Rami played for? Adil Rami, MarseilleRami’s playing career is entering its final years, but the France international has enjoyed a healthy career spread across three countries.After having won both the Ligue 1 title and Coupe de France with a Lille side which boasted the talents of a young Eden Hazard in 2011, Rami secured a move to La Liga with Valencia, with whom he played for three years before moving on to AC Milan.Rami spent only one year with the Rossoneri before moving back to Spain with Sevilla in 2015, a positive switch that saw the centre-back lift the Europa League trophy come the end of the season.Returning to France in 2017 to turn out for Marseille, Rami might argue his most recent move has been the best of his career – how else would he have met his Playmate partner?last_img read more