Davide Chiumiento’s sale by the Vancouver Whitecaps to FC Zurich mostly came down to family. Chiumiento is Swiss, and the move took him back home after a year and a half on the Canadian west coast. Though it was a move Chiumiento wanted, it doesn’t mean he wasn’t leaving people he cared about behind. Perhaps the most important person in that group is French striker Eric Hassli. Davide and Eric are tight. Real tight. So tight, in fact, that Chiumiento will wear Hassli’s number 29 with Zurich as a way to honor their transcontinental bromance.
Back in British Columbia (well, Chicago, actually – the Whitecaps played there on Saturday), Hassli was left to pick up the pieces of his broken heart.
“I was really, really, really sad,” said Hassli, a tattooed tank of a man who’s a gentle giant off the field. “It’s my brother. I love him, and I miss him already.
But what can Hassli do but soldier on? If he can’t be with his friend, he only wishes for his happiness.
“But, you know, that’s football, and I think he’s going to be happy in Zurich. I know the club and I know people there and their philosophy. I’m really happy for him.”
To get over it, Hassli said: “I’ll just try to focus on my practices and games.”
Poor Eric. Perhaps the only solace is that whenever Davide pulls his new FC Zurich shirt from his locker and gazes upon the number 29 on the back of it, he’ll be thinking about Eric.
Sources: FC Zurich, Canada.com