Professional Football by Eduardo Galleano

“Professional football, does everything to castrate that energy of happiness, but it survives. And maybe that’s why football never stops being astonishing. As a friend says, that’s the best thing about it – its stubborn capacity for surprise. The more the technocrats program it down to the smallest detail, the more the powerful manipulate it, football continues to be the art of the unforeseeable. When you least expect it, the impossible occurs: the dwarf teaches the giant a lesson, and a scraggy, bow-legged black man makes an athlete sculpted in Greece look ridiculous.”

Eduardo Galleano