Letters from Bojan: Arriving in the mythical land of Stoke

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Post by TalkingReckless Thu Jul 24, 2014 4:55 pm

The earnest question of whether Lionel Messi could do it on a cold, wet night in Stoke has persisted as cliched joke for a few years now. So when Barcelona surprisingly sold Bojan, a 23-year-old once hyped as the next Messi, to Stoke City, the only explanation was that Messi personally asked him to go there on an expedition to see if the conditions in this mythical place are as challenging as the fables suggest. This is Bojan's first letter back to his friend.

Dear Leo,

As promised, I am writing to let you know that I have arrived in Stoke. Gerard Pique was right. It is a real place. But the tales of endless nights filled with sheets of rain and frigid wind like a witch's breath that instantly turns foreigners to stone is not true. I have seen the sun here and it is quite warm, but I realize the season has not yet begun. Perhaps that is when the horrific conditions described on the internet curse the land. I must admit that I am still quite scared.

I have signed a contract and now I must stay for four years. They keep telling me that I am a Potter now. Does this mean that I must do drugs or learn to make decorative vases? I do not know. Again, I am scared. But I will do what I must to survive.

Once I signed the papers, they put me on another plane to join the team in Germany. All of my new teammates seem very nice. Marc Muniesa is here and he seems to be doing well (if he was blinking secret messages to me, I could not decipher them). The manager, Mark Hughes, told me he is great friends with Pep Guardiola and asked me if Pep ever spoke of him. I told him no, but Mr. Hughes said that Pep was probably just embarrassed that he taught him everything he knows and wanted to keep it a secret. This made me very excited to play for such a great man! And disappointed that Pep would keep secrets like this.

There is also an actual giant in the team. He is the size of at least 17 Xavis! The other players call him "The Crouchie." He appears to be made of enchanted broomsticks. He travels around town with a beautiful princess. I haven't spoken to her yet, but I will ask her if she is the one who brought him to life with a magic spell. He smiles a lot, so I don't think he will eat me — even though I am probably the same size as his food.

I also met another teammate called Charlie Adam. He came up to me and looked at my ankles and said, "I bet these snap easy" and then walked away. I couldn't tell if he was joking on me or not. I remain hopeful that he was.

That is all I can say right now, Leo. I am very tired and I must go to sleep before Mr. Hughes tells me again that he only played one season for Barca because Gary Lineker feared he would make him look bad.

Yours in bravery,

Bojan


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Post by teamanarchy Thu Jul 24, 2014 6:29 pm

Thanks, that was quite a chuckle. Very much like the diary of Michael Ballack...
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Post by Lord Awesome Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:36 pm

"They keep telling me that I am a Potter now."

That one made me lol. Laughing
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Post by futbol Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:42 pm

Bojan and Pato, PES 09 legends. Those were the times.

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Post by Robespierre Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:20 pm

I also met another teammate called Charlie Adam. He came up to me and looked at my ankles and said, "I bet these snap easy" and then walked away. I couldn't tell if he was joking on me or not. I remain hopeful that he was.

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Post by El Gunner Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:30 pm

The manager, Mark Hughes, told me he is great friends with Pep Guardiola and asked me if Pep ever spoke of him. I told him no, but Mr. Hughes said that Pep was probably just embarrassed that he taught him everything he knows and wanted to keep it a secret. This made me very excited to play for such a great man! And disappointed that Pep would keep secrets like this. rofl
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Post by chad4401 Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:36 pm

this is pretty funny
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Post by farfan Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:34 pm

the assaidi-bojan axis to propel stoke to a top 6 finish.

calling it right now.
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Post by Onyx Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:28 am

Barca could do with a backup CF imo. Crouch would be a good option. hmm

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Post by Onyx Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:27 pm

Bojan: Stoke's style attracted me.



























Bojan told the club's official website: "I saw that the idea here is to get the ball down and play good football.

"There are many good players here that want to play with the ball at their feet. I think that will suit the way that I like to play.

"I don't know what I can add to the team but I know what I am capable of on the pitch. I like to get the ball on the ground, make good plays and move the ball around the pitch quickly at a good tempo. I like to build good relationships with other players, too, which is important."

Bojan, who has signed a four-year contract at the Britannia Stadium, has previously been utilised in wide roles but is keen on taking centre stage for Stoke.

"I like to play as a striker or secondary striker," he added.

"In recent seasons I have played out wide but I do feel that my best position is in a more central role."

http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/england/2014/07/26/4985248/bojan-stoke-style-attracted-me

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Post by BarrileteCosmico Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:29 pm

OP pls

http://www.goallegacy.net/t35749p288-barclay-s-premier-league-off-season-discussion#1262533
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Post by Onyx Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:46 pm

Bojan's first goal.


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