November 2nd, the birthday of a very beloved football player. Kennedy Bakircioglu in the Stockholm team Hammarby just turned 38 years old. This year he plays his last season and on Sunday is the last home game for Hammarby. It will be a teary farewell party. Why?
Because this is not just about a player who came to Hammarby as a technical talent as a teenager after Sir Alex Ferguson had offered him a trial with Manchester United, but failed to convince them of his talents.
It's not just because he was part of the team when Hammarby won the Swedish league "Allsvenskan" for the first time in the club's history.
It's not just because he, after playing in Iraklis, FC Twente, Ajax and then Racing Santander left La Liga and chose to come back to Hammarby when he moved home to Sweden, despite the fact that Hammarby played in the second highest league Superettan at the time.
It's not just because he recently created headlines around the world when he scored a 30-yard world-class freekick goal and ran towards the supporters and catched a beer thrown in from the stands and took a zip.
And it's not just because he finishes his football career with his club in top position.
It's also because he is a warm, generous and genuine person who always has shown love and respect to the supporters and sometimes has celebrated winnings along with the supporters and created a very special bond.
On Sunday, many of the 30,000 in the arena will cry. Young, old, boys, girls, men and women. I know I will for sure.
On Sunday a long love story ends - @kennedybakir 💚
Photos are #repost @bajenlands
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