New York Times: “The Instant Legend of Kvaradona”

  • The article stressed the “sense of rarity” was the “root” of Kvaratskhelia’s appeal as he was the sort of player that modern soccer - with its industrialised youth systems and stylistic templates - did not produce anymore. Photo: SSC Napoli

Review by Kakha Dgebuadze

Agenda.ge, 26 Oct 2022, Tbilisi,Georgia

American daily newspaper The New York Times on Wednesday praised the performance of Napoli’s Georgian midfielder Khvicha Kvaratskhelia by saying his “anarchic style” had taken Italian soccer “by storm” and transformed the club into a title contender. 

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s anarchic style has taken Italian soccer by storm, transforming Napoli into a title contender. More importantly, he has made soccer fun again”, the article by Ivan Nechepurenko and Rory Smith said. 

The newspaper noted that since joining Napoli for around $10 million this summer, Kvaratskhelia had scored five goals in the Italian league and two more in the Champions League, helping the team qualify “with ease” from an intimidating group featuring Liverpool and Ajax. 

The totals are good, no doubt. But they do not even begin to explain the phenomenon”, the authors of the article said.

The article stressed the “sense of rarity” was the “root” of Kvaratskhelia’s appeal as he was the sort of player that modern soccer - with its industrialised youth systems and stylistic templates - did not produce anymore.

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