The Live Match
Once there lived a very helpful and smart boy called John. John’s mother Rina used to make John do his homework everyday and practice drawing, but John liked to play football and wanted to become a popular football player. One day John asked his mother to put him in a football academy, but his mother refused because she liked saving money and using it for emergencies. At school, he used to get inspired by a boy called Sam who played football very well. Sam was a fourth grader and John who was a third grader was not allowed to play football. Sam said, “Oh no, if you were in fourth grade you could have played with me.”
His mother wanted him to study and become a lawyer but John wanted to play football, get many trophies and become the best footballer in the world.
When John went to fourth grade, he was happy to be allowed to play football. He had a lot of fun playing than watching Sam play. It was easy for John to play because he had learned some tactics from Sam. Sam helped him a lot and now everyone was amazed at how well he played. His mom found he had a lot of interest in playing football because he practiced everyday.
The following week, Miss Martin made an announcement for a competition. She asked the students about their participation as it was a great opportunity. They were asked to practice at home. Then John went and gave his name for the competition. He was very excited. Miss Martin said, “You will even get rupees forty thousand cash prize when you become the winner and for the best player you will win rupees eighty thousand cash prize.”
After school, John went to his mother and told her about the competition. She said that John has to win the competition. She said she would arrange a coach for a day, so they could save money. She promised him she would allow him to follow his dream of being a football player if he won the competition and went to Spain. John had learned a lot of important techniques from his one day training and was hopeful.
Then the day of the competition arrived. When John reached the ground, his heart was pounding with excitement and he was a little bit nervous because he could see the opposite team who was strong and also the spectators. The referee blew the whistle and the game started.
The players faced each other and the game began. Both teams played extremely well and they had equal points. Everyone started cheering. John put in his best effort. Then he tried to use every skill he had learned. Both teams scored equal numbers of goals. Then it was time for a penalty shoot out. The spectators watched in tense silence. John kicked the last ball and it was a goal. The spectators started cheering. Then the host announced the winner. She said, “The best player is Ron.” The stadium was quiet as no one knew who Ron was. “Sorry! It is John and he gets eighty thousand rupees! Also he gets fifty thousand for the captainship and he is directly selected!”
John’s mother Rina was very happy that he had performed really well. After the competition everyone came and asked for John’s autograph. His mom was so proud. She felt that John did better than she expected. He was happy that his mom was happy.
The next morning, he packed his bags and went to Spain with his team. John had a lot of fun. He played Pictionary, Monopoly and had a lot of fun on the flight. After some hours they reached Spain. It was a long journey.
Then when they came out of the airport, everyone cheered for their team. John and his team were surprised. The coach in Spain was a smart lady called Riya. She met them at the airport and escorted them to a hotel. The staff at the hotel welcomed them. When John was checking in the room they informed him that there were not enough rooms and they were really sorry. John said fine he would take care. John said thank you and he went. Then he told his team about the rooms. A boy from his team said, “I know a hotel but they have only two rooms.” John said let some stay here and let some come with us. Then they all went to another hotel. When they entered the hotel, they saw a beautiful place and they went inside and they had a lot of fun and enjoyed themselves.
At night someone came to kill John. John fought hard to defend himself, but his hand got slashed and he started bleeding. The attacker left suddenly. John did not know what to do. Then he closed his eyes for a second. Then took his phone and thought of calling his friends but he could not remember and finally found the number and told what happened. Then his friends came and took him to the hospital. Then John’s mom called Riya and told her what happened to John. His mother asked for him to come back as she was upset. Then his coach said, “I will give a lot of security to him.” His coach said he will miss his chance. His mother said, ““Fine! You are responsible if he dies,” and cut the call.
John’s team, his mom and his friends all made a get well soon card for him. He was very happy with the cards. He began to feel better.
The next day the coach gathered everyone and advised them to reduce all the fun and do physical exercises and gave them an exercise routine. The coach told them to observe how the opposition played. This would help them to understand their weaknesses. They practiced headshot, knee shot, and aimed at the goal. So that it would be easy for them to hit the goal. They did some push-ups.
They also paid attention to the food they ate and played a trial match. Their coach divided them into teams and they started playing. John tried to do a headshot and it went to the goal post, the goal keeper did not block it. Then the opposition also hit the goal when the time was over. The coach said, “Well played.” After one month of practice it was the day of the match so John’s mother came to Spain. John wanted to win and become the best. This match was between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
John’s team was Barcelona. They all started playing. Then John went to take the ball from Kim in the opposite team and he made a head shot. Then Barcelona got a point. Next, Jen from Barcelona got the ball and scored a point. After which, Real Madrid got the ball. The audience did not know who would win because both had equal points. Finally John gave a shot. The ball flew high up and went for a goal. Then everyone cheered and Barcelona got the trophy, and John’s mother bought everyone gifts, and John felt really happy. The host said, “I think Barcelona won because of John the captain; he gets the trophy! He also gets fifty thousand dollars.”
Later, everyone went to the hotel. They gave gifts to John and his team and they were very happy. John’s mom was very proud that he had won. When he grew up he married a girl named Luna and lived happily ever after. Done Done Done…..
Deiksha is nine years old. She enjoys going on trips. She loves writing stories. She likes drawing and painting. She has her paintings stuck all over the walls. She is a really kind and smart girl. She makes friends quickly. She likes eating pasta and pizza. Her favorite colours are pink and yellow. She calls herself a drama queen. She is currently reading The Secret Seven series. She also likes reading inspirational books. When she grows up she wants to become a doctor.