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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“I have devoted myself for many years to the researches that have led me to conclude that, magic in its wilder or more primary forms having fled from a world dominated by the hegemony of a false science, it has taken refuge in football, which, due to its proximity to the spirit of the people, has long proved a natural receptacle for the most ancient forms of folk magic.
“My researches into this matter having made me the target of numberless unknown enemies, I now roam the earth, eluding my dark pursuers, forever in search of the truth.”