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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Somebody’s Getting a Free Phone

And I know who it is. It is Sofie, who correctly answered the trivia question, correctly chose to reside in the UK, and correctly had her name drawn out of a rather large and unwieldy wooden salad bowl by General Ambrose “Kettledrum” Aloysius, of the 3rd Union Cavalry Division of Rockland, Maine. General Aloysius, who was originally slated to draw a ping-pong ball from a functioning lottery agitator, was forced to resort to the salad bowl when he unexpectedly executed a sharp military step-turn in the vicinity of the agitator and rendered it inoperative with the protuberant end of his scabbard.

In any case, Sofie, all of us who were at the Chinese restaurant (me, Siobhan, Vandal-prone, the legendary hero of the Battle of Damson Creek) send our sincere congratulations. Your SE W995 handset is in the mail, and we hope it will play a positive role in your life.

As for the rest of you, the majority were correct that Luis Monti is the only player to appear in the final of the World Cup for two different countries. Four other players have played in the World Cup for two different countries, but none of them (including Robert Prosinečki, the most popular incorrect choice) reached the final game with both. Monti, the great, bruising Juventus center-half of the 1930s, was a beaten finalist for Argentina when Uruguay won the tournament in 1930, then went on to win it himself with Italy in 1934.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Somebody’s Getting a Free Phone

by Brian Phillips · August 24, 2009

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