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.
Zach Dundas, Fredorrarci, Alan Jacobs, Supriya Nair, Richard Whittall
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Ryan O’Hanlon on Anelka’s move to China.
December 16, 2011
Spurs have succeeded by remembering that some problems are minor. By Jake Meador.
December 15, 2011
When to keep the ball, and when not to. By Alan Jacobs.
December 14, 2011
The demon and the daimon, by Alan Jacobs.
December 6, 2011
Samuel Goff & James Coleman on the greatest French players of all time.
November 29, 2011
Sam Fayyaz on Javi Martinez and Fernando Redondo.
November 22, 2011
Colin McGowan on the realism of FIFA 12.
November 18, 2011
What makes a great referee, by Alan Jacobs.
November 10, 2011
The danger of a calcified philosophy, by Miriti Murungi.
October 28, 2011
Ireland’s Euro 2012 so far. By Fredorrarci.
October 19, 2011
How to react to a missed sitter. By Alan Jacobs.
October 16, 2011
A bagatelle for Arsenal, by Stefano Gulizia.
October 14, 2011
Supriya Nair on all-female football crowds.
October 4, 2011
Alan Jacobs on the diversions of history.
October 3, 2011
Noah Davis on the Left Coast Kid.
September 22, 2011
Ryan O’Hanlon and Kevin Lincoln debate the future of American soccer.
September 19, 2011
Alan Jacobs on Arsenal’s defense.
September 17, 2011
Supriya Nair on football and happiness.
September 15, 2011
Day of the Qatar Foundation-Sponsored Depend Adult Undergarment
September 12, 2011
Wigan Rhythm: Number 1, 2011.
September 9, 2011
Of J. Anthony Barton.
August 29, 2011
Alan Jacobs on soccer and body type.
August 22, 2011
Andrew Thomas on racism at Barcelona.
August 19, 2011
The naked thrills of the FIFA Financial Report.
August 16, 2011
Benjamin Kumming on globalization and MLS.
August 15, 2011
A Socratic dialogue, featuring Zico.
August 12, 2011
And the fate of America. By Noah Davis.
August 8, 2011
Alan Jacobs on the Xavi of defending.
August 3, 2011
Augusto Neto on Chelsea’s “new Mourinho.”
August 2, 2011
James Tyler delves into the 0-10-0.
July 31, 2011
Can Jürgen Klinsmann’s philosophy of liberation work at the USMNT?
July 29, 2011
On soccer and the magical impulse, by Conor Williams.
July 27, 2011
Where I’ve been, where I’m going, what power tools I’ve bought.
July 26, 2011
The rise of Liverpool and the decline of Arsenal.
July 11, 2011
Sam Fayyaz on soccer style as ideology.
July 2, 2011
On AFC Wimbledon and the Apocalypse, by Brian Davis.
June 30, 2011
Why isn’t Mexico better? Patrick Corcoran examines the struggles of el Tri.
June 25, 2011
U.S.A.-Spain and the most American Belgian beer in the world. By Ryan O’Hanlon.
June 24, 2011
How soccer is like the woman you’ve taught yourself not to chase. By Shane Ryan.
June 21, 2011
He was a great player, no deification necessary. By Christopher Mann.
June 20, 2011
Walking the tightrope of José Mourinho’s ego. By Adam Bushby and Rob MacDonald.
June 10, 2011
Barcelona as a gladiatorial spectacle of death. By Augusto Neto.
June 7, 2011
The powerlessness of the Atlético Madrid supporter. By Colin McGowan.
June 4, 2011
On Paul Scholes’s retirement.
May 31, 2011
Can other teams learn anything from the way Barcelona play football?
May 30, 2011
How the Champions League final redeemed a season of math.
May 29, 2011
We all know what Barcelona’s style is like. What about Manchester United’s?
May 28, 2011
Could Valencia be the next Garrincha? Nate Boyden spots a similarity.
May 27, 2011
Is it coming?
May 25, 2011
Elliott on the education and the anxiety of consumer choice.
May 19, 2011