Football wasn’t invented in 1992. Whenever anyone leans heavily on that sentence – usually laced with more sarcasm than you can fit inside Everton’s trophy room (and there’s a lot of room in there) – there’s a word that often goes missing. English football wasn’t invented in 1992. Because of course it wasn’t. But then there wasn’t any grand event on the continent that might cause such a fork in the road. The Premier League – and indeed English football as a whole – is one beautiful anomaly. So much history, so many wonderful stories it would be a shame to limit ourselves to just the last quarter of a century. But that in and of itself does not mean that the wonders of the beautiful game are exclusive to these shores.
There were a host of games played tonight. A potentially pivotal night in the destiny of whom will be the Champions of England, as well as all the other storylines interwoven among tonight’s results. N’Golo Kante could easily walk away with the award for his performance at Anfield. Part octopus, part tank, it may as well have been one of those horrible movies on the Sci Fi channel. Likewise Gylfi Sigurdsson and Didier Ndong for their respective performances at both ends for Swansea and Sunderland respectively. Points that could very well be crucial come the end of the season. Let’s not forget either the way in which some of the Watford players applied themselves, though I’m not sure Arsenal fans will ever be able to.
All that is to say that while the top flight of English football has come to represent “something” in the minds of the media, usually that something is exaggerated. So, because we here at The Beermat want to do more than scratch the surface (and also, we can’t just keep giving these awards out to players from English teams) we’re going to shine a light on a familiar story with very unfamiliar names.
Remember Sutton United vs Leeds on Sunday? The parallels may not be perfect but replace those names with Bergerac Perigord and Lens. A former top flight team, flying relatively high in their division travels to an opponent some leagues below them and what happens is one of the upsets of the season. Giving the award to one player seems overly harsh, just as it did on Sunday but once again it has to go to the man who opened the scoring, Sebastian Bouscarrat. Grégory Covin’s goal isn’t bad either.
The beauty of football is that things like this can happen anywhere at anytime, not just in England. Good luck in the quarter finals Bergerac.