Arsenal have been linked with one of the scourges of Tottenham Hotspur; Basel defender Aleksandar Dragovic. But what can we tell you of his most infamous moment?
Arsenal have once again been linked with the signing of FC Basel’s Austrian centre back Aleksandar Dragovic this week. The 23-year-old former Austria Vienna defender has had arguably the best season of his career in 2012-13 as he has starred in Basel’s successful Raiffeisen Super League campaign and also caught the eye in the side’s historic run to the semi-finals of this season’s Europa League.
Now Tottenham Hotspur fans could tell you almost everything you need to know about the player on the pitch but what about off of it?
Anything you might want to know?
Well yes actually for this defender has something of a chequered past.
Last May Basel celebrated their 11th Swiss Cup victory after defeating FC Luzern on penalties to win the match in Berne; and complete yet another double for Switzerland’s premier club side.
Now footballers have a habit for going a little over the top with their celebrations when something so memorable happens. In Istanbul John Arne Riise decided it was a good decision to wander around the pitch in just his jock-strap. This may have pleased certain female viewers; or male, this is 2013 after all, but was still a classic example of an adrenaline rush blocking out logic.
Dragovic however must have been absolutely pumped with adrenaline when he did this…
First of all, Xerdan Shaqiri looked like he wanted to kill him and secondly I should probably explain who on earth Dragovic was slapping round the head.
That would be Ueli Maurer; Swiss politician and current head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports. Basically it is like William Hague presenting the FA Cup to Chelsea last season and John Terry deciding to spit in his hand and slap it on his shiny head. As much as you might think JT has it in him it would be pretty shocking to see.
It would be even more shocking if afterwards he refused to apologise and said it was ‘very, very much fun’ to do but that is exactly what Dragovic did.
Needless to say he ended up down the proverbial creek without as much as a shoelace for a paddle and had to travel to the equivalent of our Houses of Parliament and personally apologise to Maurer; he probably was urged to do so when reminded that Maurer was not only the head of the governments sporting issues but also the Swiss Army.
We all know they stereotypically like to stay neutral but they also make one hell of a multi-use knife so it was probably best he apologised to the man in charge of over 130,000 highly trained army personnel.
Nowadays Dragovic tries to stay away from controversy and in doing so he has had a superb footballing season and would make an excellent acquisition for Arsenal, AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg or any of the other clubs being linked with his signature.
Just probably best to keep him away from any bald politicians.
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