KUALA LUMPUR, June 16:
Social media has found its new craze — it involves one of the best goals in one of the biggest upsets so far in the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Robin van Persie scored a flying header when he connected with an incredible 50-yard pass from Daley Blind, to level the game at 1-1, in which Netherlands would go on and beat Spain 5-1. The goal, however, a delicious flying header and the manner in which van Persie scored it, sprawling his body in mid-air for what seemed to be an eternity, has given birth the latest social media fad, called, “Persieing”. “Persieing”, mimics that of “planking” and “Tebowing”, which saw fans, children, dogs, and even babies mimicking the posture of van Persie’s outstretched arms and curled body. The craze had first started with memes sweeping social media, placing “The Flying Dutchman” in various situations; in a WWE match, on a poster of the movie, “Gravity”, in a flappy bird game scenario and heading a ball pass the famous “Jesus the redeemer” statue in Rio de Janeiro. In the Group B match, van Persie and Arjen Robben scored twice each as Netherlands avenged their 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain, which was its worst defeat in 51 years after a 6-2 defeat to Scotland in 1963.