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.
Mexico has sacked Sven-Göran Eriksson as the coach of its national team following its 3-1 loss to Honduras in World Cup qualifying last night. Everyone basically knew this was coming, though the timing is a mild surprise. Personally, I think it was overdue, not because of the heights he failed to inspire Mexico to reach on the pitch, but because Sven’s career needs regular infusions of fresh strangeness in order to stay interesting, and bottoming out in Mexico gives him a needed boost. Where will his journey of dangerous eroticism and serial underachievement take him next?
by Brian Phillips · April 2, 2009