Here at Mediolana, we’re fortunate enough to know some of the most interesting and cutting-edge people in London in fields as diverse as marketing, filmmaking and spirituality; some of them have reputations that transcend national borders.
Recently however, someone novel and über-talented came to our attention – not via our existing social networks, but through the means of satellite transmission: Cimo Röcker. For the uninitiated, Röcker was the left-back for the sublime Germany U-17 team that was the star attraction at the recently-concluded World Cup for that age group. And while outstanding attacking talents such as Samed Yesil, Emre Can and the incomparable Levent Aycicek understandably garnered much of the international media’s attention, without the intervention of the blonde number three, Germany’s celestial tournament – culminating in a 4-3 spanking of Brazil which may well be one of the very best games of all time in any sport – might never have happened.
In their opening game, Germany had taken a first-half lead against Ecuador through a typically brilliant strike from Yesil, but early in the second period the Latin Americans drew level courtesy of the bustling Carlos Gruezo, and their opponents looked profoundly shaken. Enter Röcker: within three minutes he had advanced up the left flank, played an ingenious, unorthodox one-two with Yesil and smacked a shot of such awesome power that it went right through the save of LDU Quito goalkeeper Walter Chavez and bounced into the Ecuadorian net. The game ended 6-1 in the Europeans’ favour.
Like Aycicek, Röcker’s registration is held by SV Werder Bremen, and the Bundesliga giants look to have acquired a rare gem of a left-sided defender: enterprising, technically sound and in possession of immense courage under pressure, the latter attribute richly in evidence in the Azteca classic against Brazil. A player willing and able to take matters into his own hands when necessary, Röcker is a footballer of tremendous promise.
But what convinces Mediolana most of all that ‘CR3’ has a bright future in the beautiful game is his personality. Despite seemingly having c.60% of the Mexican population want to marry or adopt him, Röcker still found time to respond to a recent Facebook post (below) by Asad Yawar, Mediolana’s blogger-in-chief. With that level of generosity and attention to detail, the future of Cimo Röcker might be encapsulated by one question: who needs Roberto Carlos?