Oskar Gloch's performance in his unofficial Red Bull Salzburg debut (from YouTube)
Oskar Gloch begins to acclimatize to Salzburg.
The prodigy of Israeli football made his official debut yesterday (Saturday) in the uniform of his new team, when he came off the bench in the 73rd minute in a 0:4 victory over Austria Lustenau in the league.
Gloch showed good ability in the minutes he got, arranged two scoring situations for the strikers and showed his special touch on the ball, with some beautiful dribbles.
"Gloch passed the talent test," they wrote in Austria, and coach Matthias Yaisel joined the compliments and said: "He showed in several actions what talent he has with his feet. We have an intriguing future ahead of him."
The German "Bild" also wrote in the match report: "Gloch was very active in the minutes he played. He seems to be acclimatizing well in the team."
Gloch (photo: official website, Red Bull Salzburg)
But while in Austria they became aware of his abilities on the grass, in Israel his interview at the end of the match went viral.
Gloch was interviewed for the first time, and said in broken English: "It's very exciting to make my debut in the team. I want to continue my good form, and later score and cook. Everyone received me well, I already have a few friends and that's all. I want to continue like this."
On social networks, they watched Gloch's interview, and immediately remembered Shlomi Arbeitman's famous interview from his days in Belgium.
"Oscar Gluch in homage to the interview with the Pass Pass It's a Cam," they wrote on Twitter.
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But there were also those who refused to mock Gloch, and saw other things in the short interview he gave.
"What's beautiful about Oskar Gloch is his tremendous confidence. Even when he knows, at least at this stage, that his English isn't anything - he's not afraid at his young age to stand in front of the cameras and do what he can, at the interview level, without hiding or running away. Great boy, I adore him ", tweeted one of the surfers.
Another wrote: "The improvement in Gloch's English between the press conference of his play in Salzburg and today is amazing. He doesn't speak well, but where is he and where is Arbeitman."
For those who forgot: Shlomi Arbeitman's famous interview
It is worth noting that in many cases, footballers of Gloch's age who move to play in foreign countries and are not necessarily proficient in English, prefer to be interviewed in their native language and use an interpreter, at least in the first instance.
This is what, for example, Liel Abeda did in his first press conference as a Celtic player.
Either way, judging by Gloch's learning curve since he started his career as a professional soccer player, his English will only improve from here on out.
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