Thursday Quotables – Soccer in Sun and Shadow (July 3)

quotation-marks4Thursday quotables is hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies. To take part Lisa shares the following:

If you’d like to participate, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
  • Comment on this post with the link to your own Thursday Quotables post. Or… have a quote to share but not a blog post? Leave your quote in the comments!
  • Have fun!

Today was another day without World Cup action, although I caught the end of the Buckie Thistle vs Rangers game. I also got back to reading Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow, which I started earlier in the year. It’s a great read and if I don’t get it finished now I’ll probably take it away on holiday with me. Here are a few of my favourite quotes so far:

soccer in sun and shadowSometimes the idol does not fall all at once. And sometimes when he breaks, people devour the pieces. (p.6)

The linesmen, who assist but do not rule, look on from the side. Only the referee steps onto the playing field, and he is certainly right to cross himself when he first appears before the roaring crowd. His job is to make himself hated. The only universal sentiment in soccer: everybody hates him. He gets only catcalls, never applause. (p.10)

How is soccer like God? Each inspires devotion among believers and distrust among intellectuals. (p.36)

In 1930 Albert Camus was Saint Peter guarding the gate for the University of Algiers soccer team. He had been playing goalkeeper since childhood, because in that position your shoes don’t wear out as fast. Son of a poor home, Camus could not afford the luxury of running the fields; every night, his grandmother examined the soles of his shoes and gave him a beating if she found them worn. (p.66)

I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read of this book so far and am looking forward to getting the rest of it read soon.


One thought on “Thursday Quotables – Soccer in Sun and Shadow (July 3)

  1. Hi. Only just found your link on Lisa’s ‘Thirsday Quotable’.
    This is a book I’m unlikely to read, but I enjoyed your quotes, especially the last one, because it tells a story 🙂

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