Congratulations, Ștefan Blănaru. You made us pay attention to Romanian football with perhaps the funniest soccer celebration we’ve seen all year. Your combination of cleverness, arrogance and an impeccable performance have us wondering whether this was the greatest thing ever or the dumbest celebration ever.
Blănaru plays for FC Hermannstadt in Liga II, the Romanian second division. He scored the third goal in a 4-0 win over Luceafarul Oradea on Saturday. You’ve never heard of the player or either club — but that doesn’t matter.
Imitation is a common behavior amongst young children which aids and encourages their cognitive development, and also, well it's nothing short of “cute!"
For the sixth straight season, Bayern Munich is the Bundesliga champion, clinching the league crown with five matches to play after a 4-1 win over Augsburg on Saturday. But more than any other celebrations we’ve seen this year, the Bayern Munich title celebrations were endearing and heartfelt, despite this being nothing new for Die Roten.
In December of 2000, when up-and-coming Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz was barely walking, a film by the name of “Battle Royale” was released in Japan. In it, middle school students were dropped off at an island where they were forced to kill each other until only one survived. From those grisly beginnings formed the basis for an odd trend in Fortnite soccer celebrations from players around the world, Havertz included.