Goals are OverratedThe Beauty is in the Struggle
Celebrating the universally binding power of the beautiful game, ‘Goals are overrated...’ is inspired by the Christmas Truce, a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I.
Throughout the week leading up to Christmas, parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches; on occasion, the tension was reduced to the point that individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers bearing gifts. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day many soldiers from both sides independently ventured into ‘no man's land", where they mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs. As well as joint burial ceremonies, several meetings ended in carol-singing. Troops from both sides were also friendly enough to play games of football with one another, in one of the truce's most enduring images.
Are you into the finer nuances of football, or just a man with few ambitions? Blizzard editor, Jonathan Wilson, claims he never said it, Guardian podcast listeners disagree. What do we think? We don’t really care, but Goals are Overrated just seems to sum things up perfectly. The beauty is most definitely in the struggle.