The story gets better the more you look at it
Then the story gets even better looking at his past. [QUOTE]Brunswijk had led an interesting life in the small South American country that puts this most recent move into perspective. According to a New York Times profile, he has been "an elite paratrooper, a soccer player, a wanted bank robber, a guerrilla leader, a gold baron and a father to at least 50 children during his lifetime." He's also been convicted of drug trafficking in Europe but also helped bring democracy to Suriname. He's been questioned on where he earned his wealth by some but also has a reputation for generosity. An example being he used to shower his supporters with money while in a helicopter overhead.
Suriname’s president, Chan Santokhi, hunted Brunswijk in the 80s as a police officer before the two joined forces politically. He built a reputation as a Robin Hood and would hand out money to people from robberies he would commit, per The New York Times.
He said his fortune came from timber and gold-mining concessions he obtained after the war and not a drug ring but used his wealth to get into politics. His efforts were in vain on Tuesday, however, with Inter Moengotapoe losing 6–0, and things took a turn after the match, with video circulating of Brunswijk handing out money to Olimpia players in the opposing locker room.[/QUOTE]
It still gets better [QUOTE]Brunswijk will be unable to play the second leg as he cannot leave Suriname, because he is wanted by Interpol for drug trafficking crimes. [/QUOTE] https://www.marca.com/en/football/international-football/2021/09/22/614b1d9746163f5a508b45ea.html
Some more facts about him here: https://www.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/pstc1y/claudio_martinez_historical_unusual_ronnie/hdsur93/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 [QUOTE]Some other facts about this:
He hasn't played in a sanctioned match for about 10 years .
He has fathered at least 50 children, including his son Damian who started the match at striker.
After being hospitalized with COVID-19, he donated 3 cars to hospital nurses who had no transportation.
In June 2012, he was suspended for 1 year because he behaved violently towards the referee and a player in football match
The disciplinary committee of the Surinamese Football Association suspended him for five years because he threatened some players with a handgun during a match in 2005, but the suspension was retracted due to lack of evidence.
In 2007, he beat up a member of the Surinamese legislature during an event which was broadcast on live television.
Let’s talk about his younger life. In 1980, he served as the personal bodyguard of Dési Bouterse and helped overthrew the government in a military coup.
In 1985, after being discharged, he formed a rebel guerilla military group and commanded the group against Bouterse's forces in a 6-year-long civil war.
The Dutch government accused him of cocaine trafficking and in 1999 he was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison
He has remained active in politics since the civil war and was elected Vice President in an uncontested election in 2020.
He will most likely be unable to play in the return leg in Honduras, as he is a convicted bank robber, drug trafficker, and, most importantly, an internationally wanted fugitive with an active Interpol arrest warrant.
[Edit: Video was streamed tonight from Olimpia's locker room that appears to show Ronnie Brunswijk giving people in the locker room cash. He also leaves with an Olimpia shirt.]
Say what you will about the dude but you can't say he hasn't lived his life to the fullest![/QUOTE]
Another reason to feel good about the CMNT goaltending situation:; as the team rushes to celebrate/congratulate Crepeau he seems to be the only one with the presence of mind to tell them "Hey, get out there and cover that throw in we still got a game to play"
More games packed into a tighter schedule this year (due to Covid) means less changeover time for the teams that play in NFL venues.
There’s are also one more team that plays in an NFL venue this year (Chicago), so that adds to the number of clashes. Next year Nashville will have their own stadium but Charlotte comes in with an NFL venue so it’s a push.
It was the east side I was thinking about, just crossed things up in my mind. It looks like 111 has seen a lot of tickets already bought since more were recently added. It is great to see that TFC's bad season has not damaged ticket sales for this game, interest is really high.
I think it depends on what is officially considered the capacity of BMO Field, in the past the 30K would include standing room ie the north patio etc. Maybe they are going with 75% of what it actually seats.
Play it at Starlight. It'd be more interesting there.
Although playing on October 6th would force TFC to play without their internationals (Osorio, Laryea, Soteldo, Zavaleta ) so maybe a compromise is made allowing Toronto to host. I don't envy the schedule makers for this round, with three of the four teams already committed to play elsewhere.
There are sure to be a lot of complaints due to the level of demand and the temporary TM glitch - which could rub our volunteer organizers the wrong way. Many thanks go out to the organizers for their work on this.