For Samuel, because he asked Look at the little half-pint. Words seem impossible – where to find them, how to pronounce them. Andrea Pirlo is a footballing rebel, the likes of which the game has virtually never seen; he always did the opposite of what he was told to do: took a good thirty yards … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Rust: The Charm of Andrea Pirlo’s Late Style
A new feature on the Field Notes series; read it here. Continue reading How Cunning Is the Octopus?
Juventus by Colors—a history of the team in the 1990s at 570 nanometers, where the Lada 1200 is scuttling around in its gloriously bright paint and Wittgenstein gives advise on how to take things (which is a blessing, at any rate). Read it at Spiel. Continue reading Juventus by Colors (A feature for Spiel)
A new issue of our Field Notes, on Theo Walcott and the keepers of the Old West. Read it here. The blow strikes as a sign on the landscape showing you that it’s your time to turn diagonally. An abstract design, perhaps. But one that, with the linear stroke of one lethal pass (the through-ball, in case … Continue reading The Breakthrough Plan. Walcott at the Rapids
Like Mahler, the Russian squad concentrates on the pastoral not to glamorize the passing of time but to hint indirectly at the fracture of modern times. Continue reading Russian Still-Life with Marauding Bolsheviks
Aesthetically, Germany is still pursuing in football the ideals of Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus. Continue reading Football and Design of Germany
Symphonic cycling in the Dolomites. Continue reading News from the Giro del Trentino