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.
This WSC Daily post on the political significance of football colors in Ukraine—Shakhtar Donetsk’s orange is the color of pro-Western Yuschenko, while the pro-Russia Yanukovich has opted for Dynamo Kiev’s blue, even though Kiev is in the heart of Yuschenko territory and Donetsk is a Yanukovich stronghold—is disturbing and brilliant. Has there ever been a footballer more drawn to industrial oligarchs than Andriy Shevchenko?
by Brian Phillips · May 21, 2009