The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I thought this memory was really cool because soccer was an escape for my father. He did not grow up having a lot so it was almost his way to get away from reality. This turned into love and passion for the sport.

It is July 13th, 1986 which is a massive day for Moshe Kadosh. It's a massive day because it is the day where FC Ashdod can win the league and crown themselves champions of Israel against Maccabi Tel Aviv. 18 year old, Moshe Kadosh, is headlining as the premier striker and the top goal scorer in the league. He knows that all eyes are on him and that his team is relying heavily on him to have a big game on the biggest game of his career. Moshe is so nervous that before he took the field he began to vomit from the anxiety. He is so sick that he walks up to his father, David, and says, "I do not think I can play in this game." David responds, as any good father would, "No matter what happens on that field today, I am and will always be proud of you." Those words were enough to settle Moshe's nerves and he instantly locked in. Moshe takes the field and is the lone striker up top in a 4-2-3-1 formation. It is a very disciplined formation but the fact that Moshe is the lone striker means he will have to put in a lot of work. The whistle has blown and instantly it is an absolute slug fest. The opposing defense did their homework and they know that Moshe is the main threat. They bump him, scratch him, sneak in an elbow, anything to throw him off his game. However, Moshe stays resilient doing everything he can. Finally, 45 minutes has gone by and it is half time. Moshe can barely breathe. The blistering heat combined with the amount of contact he has taken has seriously taken a toll. The coach asks, "Do you need a sub?" In which Moshe responds, "No, I will end this game myself." As the second half begins, more of the same continues. It is still a deadlock at 0-0 and Moshe is still taking a beating from the defenders. As the second half carried on, it looked like this game was going to end in a 0-0 draw. However, in the 84th minute, 6 minutes before full-time, Moshe makes a darting run through the defenders and his teammate lays him a spectacular through-ball. Moshe has only the goalkeeper to beat. All of his training his whole life has led to this very moment. Moshe fakes left and slides it right through the goalkeepers legs to break the deadlock and make the score 1-0. Moshe, with all eyes on him, showed up in the biggest moment of the scene. He ripped off his shirt in celebration as his teammates tackled him to the ground to celebrate with him. This is easily the most exhilarating experience in his life. Ashdod goes on to win the game and win the league. They are crowned champions of Israel.

The Finals

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