From George Best to Diego Maradona, What Makes a Football Icon

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Sport and fitness sciences, Social topics

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Updated / Tuesday, 2 Jul 2019 14:03


It is often remarked that "there is something about standing on the side of a football pitch that brings out a philosophical streak in grown men." Certainly, football, in all its different guises, occupies a space in the minds of men and women which is disproportionate to its apparent worth. In fact, it is difficult to imagine another activity that so routinely asks us to reflect and adjudicate on tactical, ethical and aesthetic questions. It is perhaps unsurprising then that football, and sport in general, is progressively subject to evermore critical and academic analysis.