Reflections from the damaged world of World Cup party patriots
Fubball raises agonizing philosophical, theological, historical, anthropological, psychological, medial, economic, political, postmodern, and sometimes even sporting questions that must be reflected upon and constructed, but also mercilessly deconstructed or hopelessly exaggerated. This is surprising, because soccer seems to be a comforting reduction of complexity in an unclear world: a small population of participants, a time limit in the format of a movie, a manageable space and above all – a digitally uninterpretable world construction: 1 or 0. Beyond Ludwig Wittgenstein, it is necessary to talk about such things about which nothing and little can be said, because otherwise identity, community and reflexive ball theories are no longer possible?
The thinker’s fear of the sideways exit of the reflective space
The simple truths "the ball is round and a game lasts 90 minutes" are no longer enough to move this most abysmal of phenomena from the round leather to the square of theories, at least for a few weeks. Sepp Herberger, that mischievous strategist, who made it clear once and for all that even the small German burgers have unimagined scope for reflection and perfidious techniques at their disposal to assert themselves and their peers in the world outside, was only the philosophical kick-off of the game. After that, reflection beyond the turf became a game of theory without boundaries, faced not only by the philosophical quartet, led by Peter Sloterdijk, but by ball theorists of all stripes.