Growing up intoxicated by football, Sylvio Mendes Campos Junior, more commonly known as Sylvinho, was one of my idols.
For reasons unknown still, I always carried a liking for the left back, despite him playing for rivals Arsenal. He has one of the sweetest left foots that has every graced the premier league, and can also defend when called upon.
He called time upon his career after a short stint at Manchester City in 2010, and for me will always be remembered as an influential left back. After all, you can’t be a bad player if you’ve had spells at Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City, right?
Today, Sylvinho is celebrating his 38th birthday, and I would just love to make a little tribute to him with this glowing memory I have. I must of only been 8 years old, possibly 9 (can’t be too sure) when Sylvinho scored this bullet for Arsenal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Frank LeBouef (I think) was the player who makes a tackle on the edge of the 18 yard box, only for it to fall directly to Sylvinho. A left foot bullet is then unleashed to leave Ed De Goey with absolutely no chance. The quality isn’t the best, but take a look at this beauty.