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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Augusto Neto on Chelsea’s “new Mourinho.”
August 2, 2011
Walking the tightrope of José Mourinho’s ego. By Adam Bushby and Rob MacDonald.
June 10, 2011
Dissecting Mourinho’s reputation as a master manipulator. By Sam Fayyaz.
May 2, 2011
How Real Madrid is like the Spanish Empire, by João Jorge.
February 2, 2011
The Champions League final as the apotheosis of Mourinho’s flair.
May 25, 2010
The pristine golden boy vs. the aging enfant terrible.
April 22, 2010
Andy Streets goes inside the mind of…oh, you know who.
April 14, 2010
Sir Alex Ferguson can’t wait to lock horns with Jose …
January 9, 2009
In honor of Andriy Shevchenko’s reunion with Jose Mourinho in …
September 26, 2008
There’s a-doings a-transpiring in the world of football. Jose Mourinho …
June 2, 2008
Samuel Barber, from Excursions Op. 20
May 20, 2008
Avram Grant’s eccentric press conference after Chelsea’s 1-0 win against …
April 19, 2008
For the 67th time since the Croatia match, it’s being …
December 10, 2007