Friday, June 18, 2010

Honoring Ruud

Ruud Gullit "Italia 90" ©Jon van Woerden

I'm sitting at home on the eve of the Netherlands vs Japan World Cup match, reminiscing my days covering these games, in particular the West Germany vs Netherlands "Italia 90" round of 16 matchup. Although marred by the Rudi Voeller/ Frank Rijkaard red card incident, that game produced one of my favorite World Cup images, Ruud Gullit with the ball at eye level as he feints West Germany's Thomas Berthold. Rudd is a studio analyst for ESPN at this World Cup and is endeared by South Africa and Nelson Mandela for his public stance against the injustice of Apartheid, when in 1987 he dedicated his European Footballer of the Year award "Ballon d'Or" to the imprisoned Mandela.

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