The Forgotten Phantom


In the era of Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry, it’s easy to forget who else dominated the last decade in terms of goal scoring. Newer fans might throw out names like Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, while some seasoned followers might point to Andriy Shevchenko or David Trezeguet. But what about “Das Phantom”?

There wasn’t much flash to his game, at least not in the way Messi captures hearts nowadays. He didn’t harness blistering pace the way Ronaldo runs rampant down the wings. He did, however, have an incredible sense of positioning.
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Nothing can be be done successfully without failing

I used to think I could do anything I wanted to. I wasn’t gifted, but if I put my mind to something, nothing could hold me back from doing it. I remember when I learned the lesson that nothing can be done truly successfully without first failing several times.

I was an honor roll student all through my elementary years. I would always bring back high averages for all my classes. I always sat in the middle of the room in the front row, as I still do. I always paid attention and took the best notes. Then came math.
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Looking for truth on the goban

A simple wooden board and round stones made out of clam shells. These two ingredients are all it takes to create the elegant and often bloody battlefield of Go.

Designed several millennia ago, the game of Go is the oldest board game in existence.

Starting in China, the game has gone through several changes in strategic principles, but has remained faithful to it’s simple rules.

It has been my favorite game for some time.
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Revolution starts with a step, not a leap

I remember very easily the night I realized nothing would ever be the same. Relatively, it feels like yesterday, because it was; only the bad memories seem nearer to us than the good ones, often washed away like a message in the sand, never to be seen again.

I was staring into the mirror, standing straight and strong. It was the night of my 18th birthday. At the time I was home, taking a gap year between high school and higher education. Initially it was excused as a mean of financial disability, but I take time with my decisions. Nothing else deserved this much time.
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