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 imperative mode is better than a bullet list.
Read Zach’s lightning bolt on the Germany-Turkey match.
Read Richard on why Arshavin’s age doesn’t matter.
Read Josh Patashnik’s New Republic piece on the autocratic dark side of the Russian resurgence. Thesis: Abramovich and the oligarchs aren’t funding Russian football because they’re patriots, they’re funding it because they don’t want Putin to treat them like Khodorkovsky. Fun fact: Arshavin has a seat on the St. Petersburg city council!
Finally, read Vanda’s fantastic fever dream on the Spain-Italy match and twentieth-century European war.
by Brian Phillips · June 26, 2008