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One Year Ago on The Run of Play

Portrait of Cristiano Ronaldo
“Has the air of a French duelist without a scrap of wit, as though he’d been invented for the express purpose of being killed by Cyrano de Bergerac.”

Remembering Garrincha
One of football’s greatest players on the 25th anniversary of his death.

W.B. Yeats, Soccer Correspondent
Yeats heads to St. James’ Park to watch the second coming of the Geordie messiah.

The Genius of Baskeball and the Genius of Soccer
The difference between my two favorite sports.

A Statement of Principle
A pledge of loyalty to Harry Redknapp. Because the world needs splendid things.

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One Year Ago on The Run of Play

by Brian Phillips · January 23, 2009

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