December 2017 Goal Of His Life
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Olympique Marseille fan Kamel Zaroual went onto the Stade Velodrome pitch on September 24 to kick-off proceedings between the hosts and Toulouse. The reason Kamel was invited to take part in the kick-off was because he had cycled across France to raise money for a children’s charity. He pedalled 2000km to watch his beloved club play Amiens. And did it all in a Marseille jersey. Taking to the hallowed turf, Kamel was instructed by referee Benoit Millot to simply pass the ball back to one of his heroes, Dimitri Payet.
Mr. Zaroual, however, had something else in mind.
Kamel ran through the Toulouse half of the field and calmly slotted home past 18-year-old Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont before he celebrated with unadulterated emotion. The emotion, and how much it meant to him was clear as tears ran down his face, and a warm embrace with Marseille manager Rudi Garcia followed. And to make things better, Marseille went onto win the game 2-0.