World Football Idiot of the Week

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We continue our weekly chronicle of the dense and dull-witted from the world of football with a nod to the Premier League past.

Eight years ago, in his days with Arsenal in England’s top flight, French striker Thierry Henry tried and failed to collaborate with fellow Frenchman Robert Pires on an overly complicated penalty routine during a match with Manchester City. The attempt failed, but that didn’t stop Henry from trying the same routine this past weekend with another Frenchman—this time Florent Malouda—during the “Messi and Friends” charity match.

(For the 2005 penalty, click here; for the 2013 version, click here.)

This time around, it actually worked, but that didn’t make it cool. In fact, we think the whole routine was contrived and, in truth, a bit weak. It was silly in 2005, and it was still silly in 2013, charity match or not. Just take the penalty already, Henry.

For his penalty-area shenanigans, Henry earns this week’s B/R World Football Idiot of the Week honors. Think we’re being too hard on Monsieur Henry? Think we’re not being tough enough? Let us know all about it in the comments below.

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