Sunday, June 23, 2013

Passion, Joy and Joga Bonito

To clarify the last post, here is part of a memorable series of commercials by Nike which spawned a whole movement around Joga Bonito. (There is a video interspersed of two boys playing soccer in the street--not very interesting. Just move the dial past it.) Eric Cantona, the former French international, Manchester United captain, and beach footballer speaks about the joy, passion and beauty of the game.  All of these qualities were part of his game too, but he also added a little muscle and sometimes the passion went over the top, as with his his famous Kung Fu kick directed at a noisy English fan in the stands. Of course if passion doesn't go over the top from time to time, it's probably not really passion anyway.

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