Dec 29, 2012

Goalkeepers of the Faith

What do Marcus Hahnemann and Richard Zając have in-common?
In their day time jobs they put on gloves, stand between two poles and try to stop the ball from crossing the white line. In the evening they defend something else. The metal faith. Yes, these two are soccer goalkeepers who also love metal.

Marcus Hahnemann, who sounds like he'd have a brother Jeff in Slayer, used to play for Wolverhampton Wanderers of the English Premier League, and currently plays for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer. The 40-year-old enjoys Five Finger Death Punch and although that sounds like a technique he uses on the pitch, he says he uses metal to psych himself before each game. He also loves Machine Head, Slipknot, Mastodon and Tool among others.

“During the World Cup in Germany I had the chance to meet Tool who are my favourite band of all time,” he told Kerrang Radio. “Kasey Keller and I went backstage at their show and I’m still really good friends with Justin (Chancellor, Tool bassist) to this day. I’ve seen them I don’t know how many times.”

A true legend, he snuck on stage with Tenacious D at Reading 2010 and earlier this year recorded a track with Reading thrash metallers Malefice called ‘Omega’.

Richard Zając is a Slovak goalkeeper currently playing for Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała in Polish Extraklasa. 36 year-old Richard loves death and black metal especially Satyricon, Marduk and Nile.
"I still listen to a discman" laughs Richard citing that mp3s don't sound nearly as good. He claims: "I love going to shows, but I never get in the pit". While he is friends with his countrymen Pathology Stench, Richard says that the best concert he's ever seen had to be Behemoth. "I saw a ton of shows, but the one that one made the biggest impression on me. They sound amazing and put on incredible show".

See Top 10 Heavy Metal loving footballers according to Kerrang!


Gtm said...

There's these two football metal heads of the top of my head-

Anti Niemmi - Finland & Southampton, Fulham
David De Gea - Spain & Manchester United

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