Another Vicious Soccer Headbutt (Video)
What is it with soccer players and headbutts?
In a Champion’s League play-in match between Spain’s Villarreal and Denmark’s Odense, a rather minor run-in between two players quickly turned unnecessarily violent.
Andreas Johansson of Odense took down Borja Valera of Villarreal. The foul was probably worth a yellow card, but it wasn’t especially vicious. After the initial contact, however, Johansson accidentally kicked Valera in the back of the head while trying to avoid doing that very thing. That was a big mistake.
Incensed, and apparently inspired by Pamplona’s running of the bulls, Valera leapt up from the ground and plowed his bald skull into Johansson’s chest. The blow sent Johansson flying backwards about three feet.
As you can see, one of Johansson’s teammates goes to confront Valera immediately after the head-butt. I assume he said, “dude, you better check yourself before you wreck yourself,” or the Danish equivalent thereof.
Of course, this latest incident still isn’t as impressive as Zinedine Zidane’s wicked headbutt of Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final. But it’s not bad.