When Fulham striker Bobby Zamora was a West Ham player – and a pretty unsuccessful one at that, the long-suffering Hammers fans used to serenade him with this – to the tune of ‘That’s Amore’, made famous by Dean Martin….
“When you sit in Row Z and the ball hits your head, that’s Zamora…”
and so on…..
Wit and humour that is all too rare these days in football.
Anyway, Zamora has moved on to Fulham and is having the last laugh as he is now playing well enough and scoring enough goals to be considered an outside possibility to join the Ing-er-land World Cup Squad. Not by him, though, as he’s apparently already booked his summer hols – in Las Vegas of all places…go figure.
All of which is just a preamble to pay tribute to a Fulham team who competed but were ultimately well-beaten at The Vatican last Sunday, but who produced a tremendous performance to overturn a 1-3 deficit against Juventus in the Johnstone’s Euro Paint League last night. Fulham 4 Juventus 1…it hardly seems credible. Great for what seems like a refreshingly normal club and for Roy Hodgson who seems like a top bloke.
They have Wolfsburg in the next round who were in United’s Champions League group and who looked like a dangerous outfit. United also have a little German reunion thing going with Bayern Munchen in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and will play either Lyon or Bordeaux if they get past the Bavarians. Having thereby avoided Barcelona, Arsenal and Inter Milan, I think we have got to be relatively happy.
Manchester United v Bayern Munchen, Barcelona, 26 May 1999: The moment that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went from being a hero to being an icon