The great pretender


Rob Smyth | Eight by Eight
December 2017 | 12-minute read

Kaiser’s usual trick was to excel in the physical work and then, as soon as the ball came out, pull up midsprint holding his hamstring or thigh. With MRI technology in its infancy—and with no Internet to investigate his CV—nobody was the wiser. Kaiser had plenty of other ways to ensure he didn’t have to play ball. He would pay youth-team players to hit him with a crunching tackle so he could feign injury, his grandmother died multiple times to give him an excuse to avoid training…

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