Every week we’ll be breaking down and rating well-known and memorable goal-scoring celebrations. When judging celebrations we’ll be looking at such key ingredients as originality, how iconic the celebration became, identity (do you instinctively link the celebration to the scorer) and, of course, playground appeal (which celebrations are kids ripping off after shinning a beauty between their schoolbag goalposts at lunchtime).
Fabio Borini’s ‘Knife Between the Teeth‘
‘In Italy, we say when one person wants something so much it is like he has a knife between his teeth – like a warrior who never gives up.’
Borini hasn’t proven to be the most prolific of goal scorers in the Premier League so every time he pulls off his ‘knife between the teeth’ celebration you tend to remember it. It can’t have hurt either that one recent example (above) is now forever paired with his last minute derby winner against Newcastle (’twas a cracking goal too).
The celebration itself is a bit awkward; it lacks a sheen you’re always in danger of losing when you willingly stick your own hand into your mouth, but what it lacks in style it makes up for in passion and enthusiasm. The guy just sells it a thousand times over. It doesn’t matter if it’s a last minute winner against arch-rivals or a meaningless toe-poke against lower league opponents, Borini sticks his hand in his mouth faster than a bulimia patient after a hog roast. If you commit to something so consistently and with so much unadulterated joy, it’s bound to catch on.
Personally, I am not a big fan of this celebration. As The Diceman stated, it clearly has meaning and obviously this is something that Borini wants to be related with. Unfortunately, with all due respect to Fabio Borini, the notion of him being a ‘warrior’ on the football pitch is something that I cannot really box with. Now, I fully appreciate the originality of the celebration but sometimes I feel you need a player of a certain stature to fully catch the imagination of the audience, Borini in this instance, misses the mark. Even though he is only 22 years old and has many more years to prove himself, as of right now, he is yet to score more than 10 goals in a season, so I cannot even say I have seen the celebration enough to give it a high rating.