Accident or Intentional: Cesc Fabregas Pass

by on March 1, 2019

It’s no surprise that the guy that is called the fucking pass master was capable of such grace.

Such skill in a few milliseconds from Cesc Fabregas led to a pass that has fans and soccer enthusiasts alike stunned. Literally stunned.

Now dubbed the Fabregas pass (by me), the pass has gone viral these last few days over twitter and youtube.

The Fabregas pass was proudly invented by the pass master himself as a new way to pass the ball during his ninth appearance for his new club, after leaving Chelsea last month.

The Fabregas pass may be subtle (and probably not exciting), but it truly is one-of-a-kind and sure made headlines.

For those who blinked when they missed the three seconds of pure genius, let’s break it down.

Fabregas Pass 101

The Fabregas pass may take a few watches to figure out, but notice how it begins and ends. Pretty soon it will blow your mind!

At first, the Fabregas pass begins with the approach of the ball. Once he takes that first step, he makes sure to plant the front of his foot onto the edge of the ball.

Now I’m clearly not a physics expert, but this is where the magic of the pass takes its form. But first, consider this relatable motion.

If you had ever launched something in the air with a dinner spoon as a young child (and hopefully not ruined anyone’s day that way) then you’d understand the force of holding it back prior to the launch.

Basically, that’s what his foot did to the ball.

In short, the Fabregas pass causes a subtle flicking motion that he controlled to the direction of his teammate.

Boom. Has your mind been blown by the Fabregas pass yet?

Well, I think all credit should go to him, and he has made it clear that it was completely intentional. Or is it?

Fabregas Pass Conspiracy Theory

The hot debate seems to be on whether the Fabregas pass was created on the spot or a complete accident. Sure, the word of mouth would seem to be the nail on the head, but let’s get real.

I could have invented the art of getting the mail without putting on shoes, even though the real truth could have been I was simply too lazy in putting on proper footwear.

But what evidence is there to prove such an accusation? Two words. Body awareness.


If we put on our CSI goggles, do a few squints and enhancements on the clip, we notice two things that serve as visual evidence on the accidental pass invention.

During the initial launch of the Fabregas pass, you can see the offense crowd around the pass master. In that situation, you can see his reaction to keep the ball in his possession is obvious. He stretches out his foot only for his shoe to make that “intentional pass.”

But look closer. His eyes are still focused on the ball, not at his teammate.

Exhibit B: the follow-up. Looking at his head positioned, you can clearly see that his eyes never leave the ball! Even after the launch.

It’s as if he never intended to have the ball leave him, but I guess it worked out in the end.

Or this was just another pass made by the pass master. You decide!