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.
And why not? He’s retired. Blogging fits his lifestyle. From the legendary Brazilian striker’s second post:
Coaching career? I’m out! I prefer the career of a blogger. I never liked to wake up early. I was always the last one to arrive at training. Imagine that as a coach I’d have to be the first one to arrive. (I want to see Maradona.)
I’m always on the search for pleasure (listen to me, bro) and now one of my pleasures will be writing.
Now, Romário and I have made some different choices when it comes to setting up our blogs. For instance, when I designed The Run of Play, I decided not to go with the massive banner photo of myself shushing the audience. I thought about it, but then I assumed it was implied. Also, my sidebar doesn’t include an ominous non-linking jpeg of a time bomb ticking down in order to illustrate my “BOMBAS DO BRIAN” feature. Chalk that one up to personal preference.
But all that aside, I’m happy to welcome Romário to the ranks of soccer bloggers. It’ll be nice to know he’s out there, getting up at 11am, trawling YouTube for clips, trying to help you people get through another lonely day on the 27th floor just like the rest of us.
by Brian Phillips · December 3, 2008