Amir Sayoud is a lot of things. He’s an Algerian footballer currently playing as an attacking midfielder for Egyptian side Al-Ahly, he’s the love-child of Tom Haverford and Jean-Ralphio from “Parks and Recreation” — but I know what he really is.
Watch the video. It’s making the rounds on the Internet today, showing up on Dirty Tackle (and anywhere with “fail” in the title) as a supreme example of someone trying to pull off a cheap soccer move and eating grass. That should be the end of it, but it looked familiar to me, so I flipped back through some of my earlier posts from this summer and realized his stutter-step, faceplant and harmless dribbler to the goalkeeper was nearly identical to the epic fail of the Japanese Robot Soccer Cat. Yes, it’s my theory that this isn’t a “fail”, but the best kick from a robotic Japanese soccer playing cat who has entered Mark II and had his exoskeleton-covering kitty costume replaced humanoid flesh.
Don’t believe me? Watch the video below and compare the shots yourself.