Bylines at The Guardian, These Football Times, The Wire, VICE Sports. Senior Writer at In Bed With Maradona. Founding editor of Doing the Rondo. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the early 1990s a few ambitious politicians rejected redistribution for a ‘new capitalism’ based on equal opportunities and the free market. Some people became filthy rich and others turned to grassroots politics. Sound familiar?
When Inter Milan visited Mönchengladbach, the low capacity of Bökelbergstadion with its wooden terraces consolidated their belief that their opponents were just a small provincial club enjoying some luck in the domestic league. Confident of success, Inter took the pitch on a cold night on 20 October 1971 in a match that would come to be knows as Partita della Lattina — “the match of the can.”
Historically, the success of the Dutch national team coincided with many of their stars playing at a select few clubs. Now, however, with diminished talent spread around Europe, the Oranje are struggling to formulate a coherent philosophy in a nation that demands beautiful football. That, coupled with an exodus of talent post-Bosman Ruling have led to the demise of the once-trailblazing "Dutch model".
Active in radical politics since the late 1980s, Gabriel Kuhn is also a historian, ex-semi-professional soccer player, and the author of Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics.
I had a chat with Gabriel on the origins of the game, its perceptions across continents, the state of the sport today, alternate clubs and possibilities of interventions, and the future of soccer itself.
"Beyond the touchline, there is nothing." -- Jacques Derrida
"Our world, like a charnel-house, lies strewn with the detritus of dead epochs!"
-- Le Corbusier
The camera angles and photos used in football coverage – pictures that zoom in on individuals – mirror our view of the world.
In July 1971, at a dusty little stadium in India, a side representing the unrecognised nation of Bangladesh struck a meaningful blow for independence from Pakistan. This is their story.
While the philosophical and on-field differences between Catenaccio and Total Football are well-known, how these two iconic and ultra-successful tactics came into existence is less so. Their stories start with the societal and political make-up of Italy and Holland.
If one analyses the movements made by Michel’s teams – AFC Ajax, Holland, or Barcelona – one will find his philosophy was very similar to that of De Stijl – logical, stripped down, calculated, and of course geometric in a way never seen before. Since De Stijl itself was indirectly inspired by Neo-Platonism, it is here that we can compare Rinus Michels and Plato.
This article was originally published on The Football Pink.