Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
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The first to strike gold in Europe
Was that famous Black Pearl
Fondly known as Benbarek
To others the Moroccan Earl
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El Ouatane aged fourteen
Honed the Black Pearl’s stealth
Two Spanish titles for El Prodigio
Order of Merit after his death
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Forty three goals for Stade Français
As Larbi walked the walk
Fifty six as Spain’s Perla Negra
La perle noir du Maroc
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From twenty Francs a day
An Iberian prince at Marseille
The first ever “black pearl”
Very high praise from Pele
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Eight goals against Southend
A first French cap against Italy
War loomed and Larbi went home
With the arrival of the Nazi
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French journalists raged in despair
When Atletico signed a cheque
One wrote; ‘Sell the Eiffel Tower,
But not Ben Barek’
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Idéal Club Casablanca and US Marocaine
Stade Français adding spice
Atlético Madrid Los Rojiblancos
Where Larbi won La Liga twice
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Nineteen caps for Les Bleus no myth
Danced on dictator Franco’s deck
Bel-Abbès and a stadium named
For Haj Abdelkader Larbi Ben M’barek
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© emdad rahman
One of africa’s greatest imports – It seems Haj Abdelkader Larbi Ben M’barek has been airbrushed from football history.
What a player and what history!
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10th January 2018 at 3:17 pm
But Paul, it’s that same sensitivity that has enabled this fabulous poem! Love it!
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10th January 2018 at 3:15 pm
We’ve all been there!
19th December 2017 at 8:00 am
Great line…and great to find you here Andrew..keep on..more please…just to say…not sure if you’re on Twitter but if you scroll down (here on the Football Poets home page) you’ll find your poem and the WBA programme image on our Football Poets Twitter page..Hope all is good with you mate..I drum in the South Stand with those Vegan new boys.. Forest Green Rovers these days … best Crispin
19th December 2017 at 7:33 am
Such a great poem Peter..more please great to find you here..best Crispin
24th November 2017 at 11:04 pm
If? Have you met a football supporter who isn’t? And just to prove it, the next poem is… super superstituous!
24th November 2017 at 10:57 pm
[Where has Jodi Craddock gone?]
I googled him (not being a Wolves fan, I hadn’t heard of him) and was surprised by what I found. There can’t be many ex-footballers who become artists. Thanks for alerting me to this interesting guy.
9th November 2017 at 6:20 pm
Well played sir. This should be a cup-winning couplet.
9th November 2017 at 9:36 am
Nice one Dachlan .Great to have you back and greetings from Stroud to Jakarta
15th October 2017 at 4:32 pm
5th October 2017 at 8:09 pm
Thank you, Graham – much appreciated. Your poems are always highlights I look out for.