It was not sorcery, but pure science and art. Mind reading whose principle is to control the opponent’s body language expressed mainly through the face. Each emotion changes the muscles of the face and the movement of the eyes reveals how the body will behave. The kicker misses the shot, the goalkeeper collapses to one side, and the ball is rolled to the other.
That was how Alan Bahia he took penalties wearing the Athletico shirt. Uniform that gave muscularity to the midfielder who went down in history as the player who wore it the most, 364 times, as a work uniform in the professional era of Furacão’s 100th anniversary.
Born in the same Itabuna as Jorge Amado, Alan Pereira Costa He arrived at Athletico at the age of 14 and went through all the youth categories. He debuted in 2002 and played for another 10 years, until 2012, in a trajectory of 16 years dedicated to Rubro-Negro.
His greatest moment for Furacão was in 2008. At Paranaense, he scored the winning goal against Atletiba. At the Brazilian Championship, he was the team’s captain and runner-up with an impressive 13 goals. It was this year that Alan Bahia took the penalty shootout to its final consequences. He made such a mockery of the great goalkeepers of that time that he caused the artifice to be banned.
Even though he was short, Alan Bahia liked to score goals with his head adorned with extravagant haircuts. He was runner-up nationally and in the Libertadores, but did not win the 2009 State Championship, as he was loaned to Vissel Kobe, from Japan, but marked his time as one of the first “Caju stars”.
So much so that at Bar do Toninho, a traditional Atletico stronghold, when the guitar circle is still warming up, people always sing: “Oh, I miss Alan Bahia… Oh, if I listened to what mom said…”