Thursday 18 January 2018

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

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

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.

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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