Faiz wonder goal ‘no fluke’, now for the magic moment

Mohd Faiz with his wife (right) at KLIA before departure for FIFA Puskas Award in Zurich. — Bernama photo

Mohd Faiz with his wife (right) at KLIA before departure for FIFA Puskas Award in Zurich. — Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: The incredible goal scored by Mohd Faiz Subri was not based on sheer luck, but on a technique often practised by the Penang midfielder during training sessions.

This was disclosed by teammate Mohd Failee Mohamad Ghazli who praised Mohd Faiz for his attitude of training overtime.

Mohd Failee, who is Penang’s striker, said he believed Faiz’s prowess in taking a free kick was not something unusual, and was certainly not a coincidence.

“We (teammates) often see Faiz scoring such goals in training. He takes the initiative to continue training for free-kicks 15 minutes after the actual training session is over,” said the 30-year-old.

Faiz himself had acknowledged the use of the ‘knuckleball’ technique, one that he practised almost every day.

Faiz’x wonder goal has already made him the first Asian to figure in the top-three reckoning, now for the magic moment — the clock is ticking down to the FIFA Puskas Award to be decided in Zurich on Jan 9 (Malaysian time: after midnight on Monday) between the top three best goals for 2016. Frenzied football fans in the nation are keeping their fingers crossed for Faiz to steal the fame in Switzerland.

Mohd Failee further explained that any player who was tasked to take a free-kick should have high confidence that it can be executed well.

He said Faiz clearly demonstrated his confidence and will to make history.

Meanwhile, the father of the player born in Ayer Hitam, Kedah, Subri Kader said the goal was a result of persistent training by Mohd Faiz.

What is most interesting is the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) also took interest in studying the amazing kick by Mohd Faiz.

According to an article from FIFA’s website, the outcome of a study conducted by Kerstin Wieczorek, a project manager for an engineering company based in Germany, the goal was probably scored using the outside of the foot.

“Judging from the curve going to the right, the ball is spinning in a clockwise direction from the player’s point of view, so he probably hits it with the outside of the foot on the left side of the ball.

“Then, the spin is not only directed sideways, but vertically as well, which could make it dip more as it arrives at the goal,” he said.

The goal, which was deemed to have ‘defied the laws of physics’ was scored by Mohd Faiz during a Super League match against Pahang, which Penang went on to win 4-1, on Feb 16 last year. — Bernama

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