January 30 – The ‘Robot’ is Born

crouch_peterWith a tall and lanky frame and an unusual goal celebration, Peter Crouch is one of the more recognizable footballers and the 6’7” forward was born in 1981 on this day in soccer history.

After signing a professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur in 1998, Crouch went on to play for Queens Park Rangers, Portsmouth, Aston Villa Football Club, Southampton before settling in at Liverpool Football Club from 2005 through 2008.

Over three campaigns with the Reds, Crouch scored 22 goals in 85 appearances. While some thought he was a bit ‘freakish’ due to his tall stature, the Reds fans loved the forward cheering, “He’s big, he’s red, his feet stick out the bed, Peter Crouch, Peter Crouch.”

After the 2007/08 campaign, Crouch moved back to Portsmouth.

Crouch received his first call up to the England national football team during this period.  Since earning his first cap, Crouch has scored 14 goals in 30 appearances.

And while goal scoring may be an art, the celebration dance is its highest level skill and Crouch used his ‘robot’ celebration to gain some fame.  The dance was first performed it after his goal for England against Hungary in 2006.

While fans love the celebration, Crouch has held off going to wearing it out telling The Observer: “It was funny at the time, but I didn’t want to carry on doing it until it became unfunny. I’ve stopped doing it for the time being, but if I ever score a really big goal you never know.”

Good to know he still has it in his back pocket.

Soccer Birthdays

1951 – Bobby Stokes, English former footballer (d. 1995)
1975 – Juninho Pernambucano, Brazilian footballer
1980 – Joãozinho, Brazilian footballer
1981 – Dimitar Berbatov, Bulgarian footballer
1981 – Peter Crouch, English footballer
1987 – Arda Turan, Turkish footballer

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