From Football

He who rests, rusts

I cannot imagine right now to live without this pressure. In some moments, it is a bad attitude because in moments like this, it can be too much. But it is part of what makes Bayern Munich what it is. That drive does not only involve winning on the field. There is a German saying, “Wer rastet, der rostet,” or “he who rests, rusts,” and the club’s front office has long embraced the notion. Motion is constant (The New York Times).

The Interpretation of Space

His special power is to find space, space invisible to the non-Raumdeuter, and spread into it like a plume of smoke, or a form of insidious footballing dry rot. This is what he produced against Juventus, a frictionless occupation by stealth, always moving – if not moving that much – in search of the single most vital commodity in elite modern football: space, the final and, in fact, pretty much only, frontier. The fact that Müller coined this term himself in a newspaper interview makes it even better (The Guardian).

Xavi is Eternal

Xavi is eternal. Even when he is not at his very best level physically, he plays a kind of football that gives oxygen to a team, play, speed. He’ll always have that level. He is football. He is one of those players that has made Barcelona what it is today (The Guardian).