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Football truly a game in the key of life

This 'experience of enchantment', the World Cup is what life should be like all the time

Published 15/06/2014 | 02:30

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

THE mood now, after a few days of the World Cup, is one of the deepest serenity. It is a common misconception that the World Cup, especially one held in Brazil, is a thing of noisy celebration, of dancing all night long in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, of happy, face-painted people waving to the cameras. And yes, there is a bit of that.

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But we must remember that the definitive sound of Brazil is not necessarily that of the raucous carnival, it is that of Astrud Gilberto singing The Girl From Ipanema, a number that is so laid back it makes the meditations of a Buddhist monk seem like a million Motorhead fans banging their heads in unison to Ace of Spades.

It is a song that seems unplugged from all of life's exertions, that creates a rhythm with which we are not familiar in the physical world, that belongs to some chimerical dimension to which we would like to go some day, perhaps never to return.

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