„Nothing ever matters, apart from football“

Ich habe gerade zum gefühlten 20. Mal Fever Pitch von Nick Hornby gelesen. Auch wenn ich jedes Mal wieder feststelle, dass ich Hornbys Einstellung in einigen Punkten nicht teile, liebe ich das Buch; zu einem grossen Teil wegen der grossartigen Zitate. Eine Auswahl:

I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it.

It is true that most football fans do not have an Oxbridge degree (football fans are people, whatever the media would have us believe, and most people do not have an Oxbridge degree, either).

Football teams are extraordinarily inventive in the ways they find to cause their supporters sorrow … always, when you think you have anticipated the worst that can happen, they come up with something new.

But then, these are the games, the 1-0 defeats at Chelsea on a miserable March afternoon, that give meaning to the rest, and it is precisely because you have seen so many of them that there is real joy to be had from those others that come once every six, seven, ten years.

Yes, yes, i know all the jokes. What else could I have expected at Highbury? But I went to Chelsea and to Tottenham and to Rangers, and saw the same thing: that the natural state of the football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score.

Nothing ever matters, apart from football.

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