Footballers, like philosophers, need to have passion as well as intellect; they need to be a part of the game, not apart from it.

7 06 2014
 
Football is a dance, the partner is the ball. – Brazilian football coach for children.
 
Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals – Aristotle
 
Football is a grand game for developing a lad physically and also morally, for he learns to play with good temper and unselfishness, to play in his place, and to play the game, and these are the best of training for any game of life.
Robert Baden-Powell
 
I love football. I love the aesthetics of football. I love the athleticism of football. I love the movement of the players, the antics of the coaches. I love the dynamism of the fans. I love their passion for their badge and the colour of their team and their country. I love the noise and the buzz and the electricity in the stadium. I love the songs. I love the way the ball moves and then it flows and the way a teams fortune rises and falls through a game and through a season. But what I love about football that it brings people together across religious divides, geographic divides, political divides. I love the fact that for ninety minutes in a rectangular piece of grass, people can forget hopefully, whatever might be going on in their life, rejoice in this communal celebration of humanity. The biggest diverse, invasive or pervasive culture that human kinds knows is football and I love the fact that at the altar of football human kind can come worship and celebrate. – Andy Harper (Former Newcastle player) 
 

a dedication to derrida

Derrida on football

http://www.germanlawjournal.com/pdfs/Vol06No01/PDF_Vol_06_No_01_053-63_SI_Hutchinson.pdf