Gladiator Tardelli’s Passion

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 The peak of football, finale Espana nine hundred and eight two
And maybe for once Paolo Rossi is not the darling of this pome
The efficient Germans lineup against a rejuvenated blue
Azurri, Azurri! All roads lead to Rome

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 We speak of the warrior Tardelli
Whom Fifa describe as the complete Italian midfielder
Who scored before Altobelli
And became a global superstar

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Sixty ninth minute, Bergomi passes into the hole
A slide shot,with no bend
Like a heat seeking missile, goal!
What ensued has become ingrained into legend

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Tears streaming, chest thumping, roaring, the opposition forlorn
For the unromantic Schumacher things look very lean
This isn’t a memory that fades the next morn
Not the look of a professional but the realisation of a boyhood dream

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 The raw, unbridled joy in unrevised celebration
Yes, pure unadulterated joy can be mean
Has there ever been so much emotion?
Quite simply the best goal celebration ever seen

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 © Emdad Rahman


Tardellli’s celebration summed the adage: ‘The realisation of a childhood dream.’ It happened in an instant, the goal, the pause, the realisation, the rest is history…

I have tried to rhyme, each second line.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/gladiator-tardellis-passion/