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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“Haven’t quite figured out how to wear the new kit, the England players, have they? Collar up, collar down; t-shirt, no t-shirt. It is a bit of a modeling assignment, playing for England… So many famous faces on this team, carrying a nation’s hopes on their shoulders.”
“Andriy Shevchenko…is available.”
“But here comes a man who is about to celebrate his 34th birthday, and is a teammate of Shevchenko now, at…where old footballers go out to…to pasture. Milan.”
“This nervous lead for England.”
“Captain’s goal for John Terry! … Now, England. Keep your heads. If we’re lucky enough to be sunning ourselves in South Africa next summer, we just may look back on that goal.”
David Pleat bonus quote: “It looked a little bit worse than it appeared.”
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