The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
This week’s Run of Play at Pitch Invasion feature finds me traveling to a suburban Red Lobster in order to have dinner with FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini. Our conversation touches on matters ranging from the cartographic largess of the American Denny’s to the break-up of the G-14.
ME: So the big news this week is that you have crushed the G-14. How did you do that. What gave you the idea that you would crush the G-14.
MICHEL PLATINI: Peter Kenyon, he says to me, “Michel—
SEPP BLATTER: —my belle!” (giggles)
MICHEL PLATINI: “Michel, we can seize zis opportunity to strike a blow for ze underprivileged football clubs, and for underdogs everywhere, like Chelsea.”
SEPP BLATTER: “These are words that go together well!”
by Brian Phillips · January 17, 2008