The former Fulham defender's routine of presenting team-mates with cakes before matches stars in the latest of our series chronicling the extraordinary power of belief
He was often spotted pedalling a fold-up bike around West London, and drove a battered VW Golf (“the love of my life”). He employed a friend as a “goal celebration coach” despite rarely scoring, and his website features a barmy German phrasebook (“where can I get my mullet highlighted?”) Little surprise then, that his superstitions are a little off the beaten path, too. An enthusiastic baker, on the day before a match he often creates dishes in the theme of his side’s next opponent.
"When we played the big clubs like Arsenal or Manchester United, I made a biscuit-based cake with bananas and a dusting of green tea,” he revealed while still playing in England. “If we were playing against more rugged teams like Blackburn Rovers, I would made something a lot heavier, like carrot cake with nuts.”
The tradition has persevered in the 2. Bundesliga, too. “Freiburg play nice football, but grain is more appropriate for physical opponents like Cologne,” he burbles. “Freiburg is next to Alsace, so the answer is a sweet quiche with cherries. And when we play Hamburg, it’s a city-wide festival, so I douse the cake in sugar.” Quite how this brings good luck is unsure, but we’re definitely not refusing a slice, Volzy.
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