While football, at every level, is indeed the ‘beautiful game’ we should never forget that it can also be the cruelest of sports.
But don’t take my word for it, ask Nyasha Sagwete, known to all of us here at Biggleswade United as Nash, who now faces severe damage to his wealth as well as his health after fracturing his fibula in a recent league match.
The fact that the injury occurred while he was making our first goal will be scant consolation for the ever popular Nash whose job as a data engineer is now on the line quite simply because when he isn’t working on site, he is driving to his employment, something which is, for the time being, out of the question.
Nash was operated on last week and we all wish him the speediest of recoveries.
Like all of our players he plays for love, not lucre, and although there are insurances on hand to help cushion the financial shortfall that almsot inevitably follows a bad injury, he will nonetheless be seriously out of pocket as a result of playing the game that he loves.
If nothing else it shows us that Biggleswade is indeed a long way from Barcelona but that’s just where, Sergio Urbano, our latest acquisition has joined us from as he sets about trying to re-kindle his footballing and life prospects in a new country.
Sergio (29) plays as a second striker and was part of the Barcelona B side coached by Pep Guardiola in his first managerial venture between 2007-08, a squad that won promotion to Spain’s second division earning in the process Pep his first managerial honour.
A product of the Barcelona Academy, Sergio was brought into B side by Pep where he played alongside the likes of Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Xavi Torres now of Sporting Gijon, former Swansea player Chico Flores and Espanyol’s, Victor Sanchez.
I know that it is a constant irritation to Pep that whenever a list of his achievements are rolled out by the media his success with the B side is hardly ever mentioned. Truth is, to this day, despite everything he has achieved in football, he is as proud of what he achieved with Barcelona B as any of the other successes that have come his way.
Pep’s elevation to first team management signalled the beginning of the end for Sergio at Barcelona as he never enjoyed the same level of trust from new boss Luis Enrique that he had with Pep.
Sergio has left his wife and three year old son, Lucca, back in Mataro, a suburb of Barcelona, as he looks to build a new life here in England before bringing them over to join him.
He has certainly hit the floor running in all aspects. He has found a job, is learning English at a rate of knots, and guess what, he’s also scoring goals for us, with two strikes in the first three games as he looks to kick start a new career in this country.
I’m not sure that at the moment that Nash will totally appreciate this, but sometimes football, despite all the low blows it can lay on you, can also be the catalyst that can help you to put together all those pieces that make up the jigsaw of your life.
For different reasons both Nash, Sergio and a whole host of footballers around the world currently enduring injury, rejection, hardship and loneliness should take heart from words of the German philospher, Friedrich Nietzche who wisely asserted, “that what does not kill us, makes us stronger.”
Article: Guillem Balague (@guillembalague)