The Indestructible Goalkeeper
BERDAN THE INDESTRUCTIBLE GOALKEEPER
I started to play football when I was 4 years old. Everyone used to say to me that I wasn’t a good goalie. So I thought to myself, I will practice with my friend Sebastian in the park every single day for the rest of my life.
Sebastian’s cousin Tyrone is the best footballer in Skinner’s Academy. So one day I went to the park and asked Tyrone if he would train me. He said, “Ok, but only if you try your best. If you try your best you will be better than me as a goalkeeper.”
Every day, Tyrone came to my block and called me to the park to train. He also told me to bring water and £2 to go to the shops. From then, I practiced every single day.
Two years later, when I was 6 years old, I saved more than twenty goals in every match that I played.
The next year, my sister Xazal started playing football. She was very good and played for Hackney on the girls’ team in midfield. In five matches she scored twenty goals. One match she had to play from defence and she didn’t score any goals. But she learned how to play from the back of the pitch and one time she nutmegged the goalie and scored from all the way at the back. The next year she played for London.
This year for my tenth birthday, my cousin Erdem gave me a Max’s goalkeeper kit with shinpads, goalkeeper gloves, shorts, football socks, and a shirt. Wearing my new kit, I played Sebastian and Tyrone and his uncle.