Peterhead FC: Andy Rodgers’ dream come Peru
The Blue Toon this week learned that football really is a global game when it was revealed Andy Rodgers has found fame in South America.
The enigmatic former Stenhousemuir and East Stirling front man is never far from the spotlight, scoring seemingly once-in-a-lifetime goals with consumate ease.
And now the 30-year-old has discovered he is popular in Peru.
The Scottish Professional Football League announced last week more than 10 million minutes of Scottish football action have been viewed across the globe via their official YouTube Channel.
And it turns out Rodgers’ sublime overhead kick against former club East Stirling has achieved cult status with a Peruvian football blogging group called De Chalaca.
Blogger Victor Zaferson told the SPFL website: “We posted the fantastic overhead kick by Andy Rogers, because this action in soccer is known in Peru as ‘Chalaca!’ – the name of our website.
“A ‘Chalaca’ (or ‘overhead kick’ in English) was first performed many years ago in El Callao, Peru.”
Speaking after Saturday’s victory over Montrose, Rodgers told the Buchanie: “I heard about it after last week’s game, someone tweeted me a link.
“It’s rather strange and it’s certainly different.
“I’ve scored one or two like that but to be perfectly honest I don’t care how they go in.
“It’s something a bit different though and if it gives them something to write about then it’s not bad press for the club.”
The SPFL figures show that, of the eight million hits the association has had on it’s channel, 3,558,668 have come from the UK.
Scottish football has proven popular in the United States, with 481,112 hits coming from viewers across the pond.
Poland, Greece, Japan, Estonia, the Netherlands, Australia and South Korea all appeared in the top ten of the 226 countries which have visited the site.
Brazil was the highest placed South American nation, coming 10th in the table.