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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Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips is the editor of The Run of Play. He writes regularly about soccer for Slate and is a contributing writer at Dirty Tackle, the Yahoo! Sports soccer blog. His work has appeared in Deadspin, The New York Times Magazine, FreeDarko, The New Republic, The Hudson Review, and Poetry, among other publications. He writes a column for the newly-launched The Green Soccer Journal. You can follow him on Twitter.

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