SÃ£o Paulo goalkeeper (and legend) RogÃ©rio Ceni scored his 100th goal in professional football yesterday. And he scored it in the perfect way: in a derby match against local rivals Corinthians. Itâ€™s quite an amazing achievement and the player is a true SÃ£o Paulo and general football legend. The 100 goals are split between 44 penalties and 56 free kicks.
Dagoberto opened the scoring for SÃ£o Paulo and was later sent off. RogÃ©rio Ceni put SÃ£o Paulo two up before Dentinho pulled one back for Corinthians. But they had two players sent off themselves (Alessandro and Dentinho) and couldnâ€™t find the equaliser.
Well done Rogerio Ceni. You are the man! Iâ€™m not entirely convinced about SÃ£o Pauloâ€™s strikers or midfielders though if you take all the free kicks and penalties but youâ€™ve been at the club your whole life and I suppose even if SÃ£o Paulo signed Ronaldinho, youâ€™d still be taking them. You’ve earned that right.
Personally, I always think itâ€™s an unnecessary risk to send the keeper up for free kicks and penalties. I must admit that Iâ€™ve never seen anybody score (or get close to scoring) against SÃ£o Paulo from a counter attack after a Ceni free kick or penalty miss. But, Iâ€™ve heard it happened once.
FYI, other than being a free kick taker, RogÃ©rio Ceni is not a bad keeper either. He’s made 17 appearances for Brazil according to that wonderfully reliable source called Wikipedia. Sounds about right to me though – he was competing with the likes of Julio CÃ©sar, Dida, Marcos. He’s now 38 years old and has spent his whole career at SÃ£o Paulo.
See RogÃ©rio Ceni’s milestone free kick below: