If penalty kicks are stressful for fans, imagine how it is for players and managers. As Colombia and England decided who would advance to the quarter finals of the World Cup, the cameras caught Colombia’s coach José Pekerman covering his face, not wanting to see what was going on in the pitch. His distressed look won the sympathy of Colombians and neutrals in social media who felt identified with the coach. Some even worried about his health.
Pekerman not being able to watch is everything you need to know about the pressure of the #WorldCup.
— Jason Davis, The ⚽ Maker (@davisjsn) July 3, 2018
Jose Pekerman is all of England & Colombia right now. pic.twitter.com/c9B8DTCOzM
— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) July 3, 2018
Pekerman thinks: "Stop with that shit, I'm too old for that" #COLENG
— Lena (Mimi) (@athletespw) July 3, 2018
Que tristeza la derrota de Colombia, creo que Pekerman debe jubilarse temí por su salud mientras pateaban los penales, un grande pic.twitter.com/q2SLoaZtze
— hurlingham (@hurlin_gham) July 3, 2018
Pekerman damn near about to have a heart attack
— Jose. (@asvpxjozzy) July 3, 2018
— William Cristiano (@Williamc007) July 3, 2018
Feeling bad for Colombia, but mostly for manager José Pékerman, who did such a wonderful job of channeling Curt Schilling refusing to watch Mitch Williams
— CSTB (@cstbtweet) July 3, 2018
There are good reasons for Pekeman not wanting to watch penalty kicks. He lost a quarter final with Argentina against Germany in 2006 and two others with Colombia in the Copa America of 2015 and 2016.
One can only imagine what was going on through his head just hearing the screams of the crowd, but it’s proof of how identified he feels with Colombia, despite being Argentine.
Regardless of the result, Colombians will always be grateful to him for taking them to two consecutive World Cups.