Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Le Solitaire

Whilst I'm thinking about goalkeeping and philosophy, and particularly goalkeeping and Camus, a couple of quotes dug up from here. Apparently Albert, presumably as a result of all those hard years as a youth international, had this to say about the beautiful game:

All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.

Sartre, on the other hand, fittingly for someone who seems to have regarded almost all interaction with others as an example of stunningly bad faith, seems to fail to grasp the essential point of a competitive sport:

In football, everything is complicated by the presence of the other side.

Bourdieu, well, what more can you say:

Nothing is simultaneously freer and more constrained than the action of the good player. He quite naturally materialises at just the place the ball is about to fall, as if the ball were in command of him - but by that very fact, he is in command of the ball.

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