February 2nd, 2010
Manlove: A Quick Study in Space Invasion
Ah, man-love. We love it.
But here’s what we’ve been pondering lately: when does a footballer’s celebration technique go from PDA (Public Display of Affection) to PSI (Personal Space Invader)?
It’s a fine line, Kickettes, and we’d like to take a moment to reflect. Join us?
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We think PDA comes best in the form of this example set by Sampdoria. Celebratory, excited, they’re in love with themselves, the world, life… but mostly themselves. It’s as innocent as grown men touching each other in the presence of others can be.
Enough of that simple stuff. Let’s get to the awkward.
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The best example of footy PSI comes from its poster boy, Roma’s Daniele de Rossi. He must always spread love, and this love is always too much, too far, too intense. It’s also hilarious. And often, without shorts.
In fact, Roma as a whole is a team that seems to take their man-love to new heights, body presses and upright orgies. Good on them.
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The embrace may be tender, and certainly seems a genuine PDA. However, Sergio Ramos’s looming, outstretched hands have five-finger PSI-about-to-happen written all over ‘em.
It’s obvious Bayern Munich’s head coach Luis van Gaal isn’t comfortable with Arjen Robben’s high level of body contact. Note: this photo from last weekend’s game.
Further proof that Arjen is a staunch and regular PSI, the week previous, van Gaal tumbled over trying to escape his celebratory clutches. He failed.
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This clearly indicates the tipping point from PDA to PSI: when a player (in this case, West Ham’s Matthew Upson) is buried in bodies with his head barely visible yet clutched in a vice-like grip, it’s quite clearly an invasion.