Because this deserves a blog post…

July 30, 2008 at 8:48 pm 31 comments

I was just watching the AFC Challenge Cup game between India and Afghanistan. Not by design, merely by accident. But anyway, when I put it on, 89 minutes were already over and the match was heading into injury time (3 minutes) with the score at 0-0. This was apparently the 60th anniversary of the Indian football team and the commentators were dismayed that India couldn’t win to mark the occasion. Almost everyone had resigned themselves to the fact that this match would end as a bore draw. The coach Bob Houghton was asleep in the dug-out.

And then, in the 92nd minute, India threw everyone forward in one final attack at the Afghan goal. To the utter shock of everyone, including the coach (who had woken up), the players managed to string a few passes together and somehow get the ball in to the opposite D. After some goalmouth confusion, an Indian midfielder drove the ball into an empty net to score the match-winning goal with virtually the last kick of the game. It was over!! India had won the game in the final minute!!

That midfielder was this guy:

And his name, his ACTUAL name, (I swear I’m not kidding, this IS his REAL name) was: “CLIMAX Lawrence”!!



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  • 1. Sudhir  |  July 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Hahahaha…who was it who once famously said – life doesn’t come without a sense of irony. 🙂

  • 2. Bharath  |  July 30, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    funny..! 😐 the perfect climax..!

  • 3. maxdavinci  |  July 30, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I’m getting corny ideas.

    What were his parents thinking of when they named him?

    ok i’ll stop…

  • 4. bobo  |  July 31, 2008 at 12:28 am

    heheheh. i’m thinkin of a couple of theories vis-a-vis:

    a. what his parents were thinking of when they named him;
    b. when they thought of it (ala leo deC kicking);
    c. where they were at the time; and
    d. what they were doing..

  • 5. neon  |  July 31, 2008 at 1:18 am

    the indian football coach was sleeping? lol, thats just wrong

  • 6. Vinod  |  July 31, 2008 at 8:03 am


    So true!

  • 7. Vinod  |  July 31, 2008 at 8:04 am


    Yep, what a climax! If he had scored an own-goal, then would it have been an anti-climax?

  • 8. Vinod  |  July 31, 2008 at 8:05 am

    maxdavinci, bobo,

    These goans are crazy! Must be all the feni.. 😀

  • 9. Vinod  |  July 31, 2008 at 8:05 am


    Well, I may have taken a few liberties there.. but he was definitely not in the least bit ‘involved’ with the proceedings on the field.

  • 10. hari  |  July 31, 2008 at 9:02 am

    If Aaj Tak were an English channel, this would’ve been breaking news for all of next week!

    However, the very fact that not many people have heard of Climax Lawrence is an indication of the fact that most people are totally ignorant about Indian football or that the media ignores the sport with extreme prejudice.

  • 11. Vinod  |  July 31, 2008 at 9:32 am


    THAT I will always agree with.. But I guess it just reflects the wants of the people..

  • 12. Shrik  |  July 31, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Along similar lines.. 😀

  • 13. skimpy  |  August 1, 2008 at 9:26 am

    is this guy from Zimbabwe?

    oh damn – I for a moment thought it was club football.

    so i suppose he’s a Chendhil.

  • 14. Vinod  |  August 1, 2008 at 10:00 am


    The entire post spoke about India! lol!

    And yes, I will bite. What in the world is a ‘Chendhil’?

  • 15. Paulie  |  August 1, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Hehehe… this is like a pun-loving-journalist or a ‘punnalist’s’ dream come true. Sample this..”Lawrence provides the Climax”, a headline in TOI the next day.

    BTW, you could watch one of those matches live since you are coming to Hyd. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the quiz as I have some friggin’ exams to write.

  • 16. R.Shantaram  |  August 1, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Yes, it did deserve a post. And a Chendil is a (modern) Madrasi with a heart. I’m sure he is, too.

  • 17. Satyeki  |  August 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    was he signed up by real madrid for the next season immediately?

  • 18. Vinod  |  August 3, 2008 at 9:39 am


    Yep, ‘The Hindu’ also used the headline!

    Saw the comment only now. Was in Hyd for the quiz and was wondering why you weren’t around!

  • 19. Vinod  |  August 3, 2008 at 9:40 am


    He’s Goan.

  • 20. Vinod  |  August 3, 2008 at 9:40 am


    Yes, I’ve heard rumours of some ‘tapping-up’! 😀

  • 21. Venkat  |  August 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Fuck you!! I hate you pseudo EPl fans who give their lives for some bull shit arsenal and then at the thought of Indian sport you start laughing.These guys have some of the toughest lives.. You are the dude who thinks you are this big gunner fan and then laughs at the sorry state of football in this country. Fuck you guys,Fuck Arsenal and Fuck the EPL. I am sure you wont post this but still..fuck you!

  • 22. Vinod  |  August 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Well Venkat,

    Thanks for all the kind words. Appreciate the love. I’m not going to delete your post, but jI’d just like to point out a few things.

    1) I was laughing at the name, and I also laugh at funny names of International footballers. But yes, you make a valid point. The play is pretty laughable too.
    2) Indian football hasn’t excited me enough to make me want to watch it over and over again. And I’m not going to do it just because it is my nation. That’s like saying I enjoy Bhojpuri movies more than Hollywood ones because I’m an Indian. I don’t, and that’s just it. I also don’t watch test cricket. You are welcome to your opinion.
    3) However, I will still support the Indian Football team IF, and WHEN they face England/Brazil etc.

    You are obviously a great, knowledgeable and passionate fan of Indian Sport. God bless you.

  • 23. R.Shantaram  |  August 5, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Vinod, he may be Go-an, but his heart is in Chennai.

    Bet you saw that coming.

  • 24. TG  |  August 5, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    geez i miss these channels… do not get any of these IQ developing channels here… we get some 33568734658346 news channels which speak Arabic – so i as well watch saawariya (do not understand what is being conveyed anyways)

  • 25. Ram Kumar  |  August 5, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    I agree with this Venkat bloke. And I don’t like you patronising and marginalising such a knowledgeable mind of our times. What is this, I say?

  • 26. hantan  |  August 12, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    lovely reply to venkat there..
    And Climax?? that victory must’ve sure been Orgasmic for the Indian Football team and federation, lol

    btw, on other lines, came to ur GLIM quiz… pretty awesome da.. only thing it lacked was ur wit, next time do spice ur quizzes man..

  • 27. clash  |  August 12, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Climax is a below par player for me. He is a holding midfielder and more of defensive option for India on the ground but his tackling and match fitness are to be questioned. I am sure that the Indian team doesn’t have a good replacement there and that is why Bob Houghton is persisting with him.

    The defensive midfielder position is a position where someone with good tackling skills play and he should be able to snub all the movements the other team make from the midfield. At least he should come near them for a tackle or hassle. Climax, watches on at times, while the action happens in the midfield… and this is not the characteristic of great player. I am grateful to him for the goal. As a whole, i would say he is one of the under performers in Indian football team.

  • 28. Ess  |  August 19, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I know a guy called “Climax” 😐

    Apparently a Tamil Christian name from Nagercoil area!

    Pronounced Clee-max 😐

    [ROTFL nevertheless]

  • 29. sambalfootball  |  September 24, 2008 at 3:25 pm


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  • 31. Beerangisamy  |  September 24, 2009 at 11:50 am

    So it was a case of the Climax showing up first, before the ball was inserted??? weird!


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