It was embarrassing. For In-the-floor-Sink. For always. In order to be as invisible as possible. Because he, of all people.
Only not by him. So I thought, before. Just no goal from him, and therefore, actually, the eye during the game, but directed only at him, very focused.
Then he is way way way on the Ball, far, very far, actually, so far, that I was not sure whether he is it really. But he was behind the center line, so really far. And he must have seen me, most of all, he must have seen that I stood a little too far in front of my gate, maybe just because I don't want to lose him from the eyes.
He saw it then, and I saw how he made a quick movement to the Ball of the foot joint, he shot, and the Ball flew and flew and flew, he was maybe 40, 50 feet up in the air, and I the evil knew, he flew over me in a high arc, a very high arch, I ran, or stumbled rather backward, but the Ball flew faster, actually, slowly, but too fast. Into The Goal.
It was a Saturday morning. We played on the Fallacher in Küsnacht with the veterans against FC Zurich. And Köbi Kuhn. He was 60, already a national coach, he had a limp, his gait was slow, the hip. But he was now ready to attack. He called his shot this Morning, something from far, very far, it must be pretty mocking, my colleague grinned, I didn't want to hear it.
a Few weeks later, he said, he smiled, and he said it to his love kind, rather fatherly: "You, then, this goal is untenable, the Ball had such Spin much and the Wind was fierce."
So he was, as a player, as a human being. As a player, not just sly, not only brilliant, it also, say those who have played against him has said, verbally, some of which will be described with indelicate only distinguished; as a man, but always humble, with a gentle, almost Buddhist Smile, always back to taking. Daniel Jeandupeux, who had contested his first international game with him, and later with him at the FCZ played him as a Junior coordinator experience, as he coached the FCZ, wrote in "Le Matin" in his obituary: "Dear Köbi, if the playing fields are up there, well, wait for me, I love being with You."
On Friday, the grossmunster in Zurich, crowded in Kuhn's farewell game.
Created: 10.12.2019, 10:46 PM