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Profile of Cuco Martina, Curacao National Team Captain Who Helped Mohamed Salah Win Puskas Award 2018 : Okezone Bola

PROFILE Cuco Martina, the captain of the Curacao national team who helped Mohamed Salah win the Puskas Award will be discussed in this article. For your information, the Indonesian national team will face Curacao on September 24 and 27, 2022.

Curacao itself is not a random team. This country in the Caribbean Islands is ranked 84th in the world, or 71 steps ahead of the Indonesian national team. That’s not surprising, considering Curacao is one of the strongest teams in the region.

(Cuco Martina when introduced as an Everton player)

Evidently in 2017, Curacao came out as champions of the Caribbean Cup after a 2-1 win over Jamaica. One of the strengths of Curacao is that it is inhabited by brilliant players. Curacao national team players are known to defend a number of clubs that have played in Europe’s top leagues such as the Netherlands and England.

Take the captain, Cuco Martina, for example. Despite being without a club as of July 1, 2022, the 32-year-old has experience defending a number of top European clubs. Throughout his football career, Cuco Martina has defended RKC Waalkwijk, FC Twente, Southampton, Stoke City, Everton, Feyenoord Rotterdam to Go Ahead Eagles.

Looking at the list of teams above, Cuco Martina has experienced the atmosphere of the highest caste of the English League, the Premier League. Cuco Martina played 24 times in the Premier League with Southampton. While with Everton, Cuco Martina played 21 times in the Premier League.

Cuco Martina also has experience playing in the Europa League. Call it five games with Southampton, three games with Everton and two games while strengthening FC Twente.

However, Cuco Martina’s action highlighted the most attention when strengthening Everton. It is said so because Cuco Martina seemed to help Liverpool superstar, Mohamed Salah, get the Puskas Award or the world’s best goal in 2018.

At that time, Everton traveled to Liverpool’s headquarters in the 16th week of the 2017-2018 Premier League on Sunday, December 10, 2017 evening WIB. Everton coach at the time, Sam Allardyce, entrusted Cuco Martina to perform as a left fullback.

He was instructed to turn off the movement of Mohamed Salah, a player who has scored 12 goals in the first 15 matches of the 2017-18 Premier League. As it turned out, Cuco Martina’s desperate efforts were fruitless.

In the 42nd minute of the game, Mohamed Salah received a pass from Joe Gomez. Not long ago, Cuco Martina immediately tried to close the movement of Mohamed Salah. However, Mohamed Salah’s body balance at that time was very strong, causing Cuco Martina to fall.

(Mohamed Salah tricked Cuco Martina. (Photo: FIFA YouTube)

When Cuco Martina fell, Mohamed Salah immediately turned around and entered the Everton penalty box. Even though he was overshadowed by Idrissa Gueye and Ashley Williams, Mohamed Salah was still relaxed about releasing a placing kick that penetrated the Everton goal, escorted by Joel Robles.

In short, at the 2018 FIFA Puskas Award, Mohamed Salah’s goal against Everton was declared the winner, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus in the first leg of the 2017-2018 Champions League quarter-finals.

Therefore, Cuco Martina indirectly helped Mohamed Salah get the 2018 Puskas Award. If only Cuco Martina had not fallen, Mohamed Salah would not have scored a beautiful goal against Everton.

Here’s Cuco Martina’s profile:

Born: Rotterdam, Netherlands, September 25, 1989

Playing Position: Right and Left Fullback

Titles: Caribbean Cup 2017 and King’s Cup 2019

The article is in Indonesian

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