Friday, January 25, 2013

1.25.2013: Glauber- Crew Sign Man City Folk Hero

1.25.2013: Glauber Berti- Crew Sign Man City Folk Hero

The Columbus Crew have signed Gláuber Leandro Honorato Berti, 29, as the man to solidify the central defense with Chad Marshall in 2013.

The Crew have trumpeted their big signing by saying that the Brazilian has a wealth of experience with such storied clubs as Manchester City and FC Nurnberg. 

Now before you say, "omg, former Man City.. what a steal.." Here's a description from the legendary English footy mag When Saturday Comes on Glauber Berti's time with the Manc's:

As the season wore on, his consistent performances as a non-playing substitute began to gain him true cult status. The thread on the Blue Moon website "Top Facts About Glauber Berti" ran to 35 pages, the "facts" growing increasingly inventive and bizarre. My favourite was his ability to eat a fruit pastille without chewing it.

If your confused on what a fruit pastille is, think halls cough drop.

Here's the applause Berti received when he graced the City of Manchester Stadium for his six minutes of fame:

Here's what he usually did, as that one signing too many you perhaps made in football manager, who the board of directors always say "were happy with your overall performance and current run of form, but greatly disappointed in the signing of Glauber Berti."

Fortunately, Berti got a chance to be a little more effective at Nurnberg of the Bundesliga with 51 appearances from 2005-2008.

And with Rapid Bucharest of the Romanian First Division with 46 appearances from 2010-2013. 

Yet in neither place was he an out and out, every day starter.

In this clip, (go to 4:32) Glauber scores his first goal (which might of not have been a goal) in professional football since 2003:

It appears Glauber can't get a break even when he scores, as he almost starts a full-scale riot in Romania.

Lately, Glauber has been a non-factor at Bucharest, hopefully that isn't the case on a refurbished Columbus back-line in 2013.

On a glass-half full sort of thing, I'm sure Glauber has enough experience to be very resourceful. No other player on our roster has 50 Bundesliga appearances, not even former fan favorite Frankie Hejduk (19 with Bayer Leverkusen), and Glauber is still 29, and not mid-30's.

So, will see with Berti, or will we?


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