Emmanuel Amunike, one of the rarest signings in the history of Barca
Emmanuel Amunike was one of those players who left a mark on the Spanish League even for the amount of jokes that led to his move to one of the giants of world football. Despite being considered one of the best African players of that time, Upon arrival at Barca proved controversial and was not without humor and joke.
Amuneke (later called Amunike), He was born on Christmas 1970, a Nigeria. He was Olympic champion, even a real goal scoring against Argentina in the Olympic Games in Atlanta 96. Before, He had played the World Cup USA 94, year that also had been named African Player. Sporting Lisbon came, where he had signed good performances.
Thus, when the club paid for him a 4 million dollars of the time, They seemed more than justified because it gave the impression he was done with a great player. But Amunike had no such luck. And the day of submission, When asked by the technical qualities of Barcelona Player, they responded that what most stood out from him, era “Throw your”.
The comment, the subject of many jokes, He gave rise to the legend of Amunike. Nigerian effectively marked an era in the band's Camp Nou, but he did sit on the stage and sometimes displaying their wonderful throw-ins. left-sided midfielder, supposedly fast, Technical and powerful, it was a disaster. He spent three seasons with more pain than glory. Everyone talked about him but for evil and to make jokes. He played twenty games in all those seasons and scored a goal, If you were injured well for nearly two years and no longer played with Barcelona until a match of the Copa Catalunya.
After, he was sent to Albacete where he continued his downhill without brakes, he went to try their luck in Korea and ended his career decadent in Jordan, where he retired in 2004. While, sure those parts, He made clear his excellent skill for art negligible throw.
It is worth mentioning, the good Amunike not named. As we have said before, its real name is Amuneke but for unknown reasons kept him from Amunike. After sealing his modest career, Amunike used his charisma to go out in the announcement of the Renault Kangoo also announce two other starry Spanish football as Robert Prosinecki or Adolfo “The train” Valencia. Amunike, he moved to live in the area with his wife cantabra, where he was coaching a local team, to coaching because according to our hero “the mayor recognized me and asked me to coach the team”, since today, know if still exercises.
A peculiar thing, even more so our protagonist, when he asked responsible for creating ad Renault on choosing Amunike, he replied that they had made a brainstorming session to find players who for one reason or another, They had more attention for extrasport reasons for their performance in the field and said Amunike, He was out the first list, thing from Colgados for football fully share. Emmanuel Amunike, King's throw.
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