Thursday, October 06, 2022

"That's not football; these are poems": Poetry as a figure in football commentary

During the match between Manchester City and Copenhagen last night, the commentator on Swiss sports channel Blue said this about the home team: "Das ist kein Fussball; das sind Gedichte, die Manchester City zeigt" ("This isn't football; these are poems"). I noted that to mention to students in my poetry classes tomorrow – and then a commentator for Swiss channel SRF made a similar remark about a goal by RB Leipzig in the summary of their match against Glasgow Celtic: "Dieses Treffen ist nur eines, ein Fussballgedicht" ("This goal is only one thing, a football-poem"). Athletes may not usually read poetry, but the poem is a figure for athletic expression and success. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 6 October 2022)

[See also this post from long ago about a goal by Sergio Agüero.]

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