Jean Philippe Toussaint: ‘Football, while we are watching it, holds us radically at a distance from death’

A text from a friend: “Did you see Özil’s goal last night?” Arsenal were playing the Bulgarian champions Ludogorets, and the German had scored the win(...)

Jean-Philippe Toussaint: ‘I am pretending to write about football, but I am writing, as always, about the passing of time.’ Photographs: Anna Toussaint

In Richard Ford’s novel The Sportswriter, the protagonist of the title Frank Bascombe explains to an intern the key to plying this trade: “learn how n(...)