If I Were a Football Player

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If I Were a Football Player

Dato Turashvili

ISBN: 978-9941-445-96-5

Category: Critical Essays on Literature-Documentary Prose

Pages: 186

Format: 14.8x21

Published: 2015

Cover: Soft

Price: 10.80

Dato Turashvili wrote a book about football and I’d like to say a few words about how he used to play. Although Turika (Dato’s nickname) never learned how to play football professionally, he was great at it. He did learn how to play chess in childhood though, and this, of course, could happen only to Turika – having chess training sessions and playing amazing football at the same time. He seemed natural at it, played very rationally and neatly, quickly and correctly and had a great technique as well. He was very precise at striking the ball, and he did it in a particular manner, hardly using a swing before kicking it. Being lightweight, he didn’t drag the ball, tackling it without much effort. It’s hard to say if chess had anything to do with this. Had he played on a proper pitch, or had he become a professional, he’d probably be a winger. His knees ached all the time, I remember... All in all, it’s so nice he wrote about football, because they don’t write about football here, nobody cares, writers not being too fond of football either. But Turika still loves football just as he did 30 years ago. As opposed to a lot of things that fade away and disappear with time, this love hasn’t vanished. (Aka Morchiladze)

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