the outsider and football …….

Camus was once asked by his friend Charles Poncet which he preferred, football or the theatre – Camus is said to have replied ‘Football, without hesitation.’

Each year Philosophy Football, perhaps the only company in Britain founded in homage to a Monty Python sketch, sells more than 5,000 of their goalkeeper’s top with the name Albert Camus embroidered across the shoulder. On its front is his famous saying: “All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.”

Camus died in a car accident 50 years ago this week, aged 47. As is often the way with those plucked prematurely from their thinking posts, it was a violent death that sealed his mystique. In the five decades since, he has come to be recognised as many things: roué, novelist, drinker, resistance hero, one-time friend but later sworn enemy of Jean-Paul Sartre. More to the point, he is now recognised as a man who understood the true profundity of football.

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