11 responses

  1. TheSKAGooner

    “Vermaelen, the Ganzenrijden King” sounds like a Tolkien character! Surely we must have a song for that next season to honor Verms! I bet he’d get a real kick out of it, and maybe even smile during the match. 🙂

    Thanks, Walter. That was a good read!

  2. Cujo

    Lol very barbaric.. Belgium is a place i’ll never wanna visit after reading this blog o_o warm sunny South Africa is just fine with me hahaha

  3. Sam


    I love your posts! And I have a special fondness for Belgium and the Flanders even though I’ve only ever visited Belgium for 4 days.

    However, I did spend one day in Antwerp. I loved the city. The walk from the station to the port through the modern market promenade and the old city.

    Another day was spent in Bruge. One of the most beautiful places I’ve been to.

    To be honest, I didn’t like Brussels as much except for the old city.

    And I also have a number 5 Arsenal jersey as I’m a Verminator fan!

  4. IvoryGoonz

    At least that’s informative…
    Is there a nationality or an age limitation for that competition? Might want to include it in the Youth program 😉
    I know few of them Arsenal youngsters who could benefit a lot from that method…
    Or maybe we can just send them for training in French Guyana with the Legionnaires?

  5. Geezer

    Walcott’s pace comes from chasing after a cheese down a hill in Gloucester!

  6. walter

    Well the youth has some kind of training but it is done with chickens or ducks in stead of a goose. And woman emancipation has also took place and the competition who was only for men until in the senventies is now open for man and woman.
    So no discrimination over there.
    And the season is mostly in the winter as it is something that was done in the early days by the farmers who had not much work in those days as they were waiting for the winter to finish.

  7. Tim

    You should see what us Wallons do for fun.

  8. WalterBroeckx

    Tim, maybe if Hazard would join us one day, you could do an article on it? 😉

  9. EvilFiek

    Haha, nice story. Truly a weird tradition, but I guess it is far less cruel than say the bull thing in Spain.

    Anyway, it is off topic (and I am sorry), but what about Mutu going to save the KGB from Fulham by singlehandedly solving their money problem? Almost 20 million Euro, my ass.

  10. Gf60

    My wife claims that she’s seen Vermuelen smile ….”and he’s got lovely dimples.” I only see the 1000 yard stare.

  11. AFC1974

    Walter – that’s just about the most creative post I’ve ever read re anthing Arsenal. I’ll have a pint of whatever you’re drinking and a crafty lug of whatever you’re smoking.

    However, that ‘look’ has to be just for football surely? I mean his poor wife!

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