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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

569- A Football Player Image: Soccer player صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لاعب كرة قدم Image: Soccer player.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لاعب كرة قدم.

Once there was a boy who loved football very much but he was so short. He was living with his father who recognized his son's love for football so he was always encouraging him. Although the boy was always playing football, he was not allowed to play with a team for his shortness. He did not get upset; rather, he used to attend all matches. His father was so happy to attend all matches with him.

When he joined the secondary school, he again played football but did not join the school team for the same reason. His father was so happy for his son's strong will. At the last year, immediately before the final match, the boy received a letter about his father's death. At the date of the match, the boy came sadly after his father's funeral, as he insisted to attend the match. His team lost the first half of the match. The boy wore his football suit and asked the leader’s permission to join them in the second half and he gave him permission. To their surprise, his team won the second half.

The team leader congratulated him asking him about the reason of his great success. The boy replied with tears in his eyes, "You know that my father died but do you know that he was blind?"

The leader got surprised especially when he heard the boy continuing, "Since I was a child my father has been so kind to me. He used to encourage me to study and practice my hobby. He attended every match I played. Although he never saw me he was always happy seeing my success. Today is the first time for him to see me. Thus, I liked to make him proud of my success."

→ English translation of the story here at لاعب كرة القدم. Divider

Your great fatherhood supports me.

You see me struggling against evil

So You become happy presenting me every chance to succeed.

You are happy for Your sons' victory, as You consider it Yours.

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