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.

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One Year Ago on The Run of Play

The Clericus Cup: Trouble in Paradise
Why would a football tournament for priests descend into an inferno of red cards and inappropriate goal celebrations?

The Webster Ruling and the Future of Football Transfers
The Court of Arbitration for Sport quietly changes the game.

Football, Authenticity, and the Internet
“[T]he crowd’s creation of an atmosphere…can be understood not as the experience of the people who are watching the match but as an aesthetic element to be consumed by the people who are watching the match.”

The Best Piece of Sportswriting Ever?
Dingley Dell-Muggleton, a fictional cricket game played in the 1820s, exhausts the possibilities of the medium.

The Tuesday Portrait
Obliquities of Dimitar Berbatov.

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One Year Ago on The Run of Play

by Brian Phillips · January 31, 2009

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