Reads of the Day: Happiness/Delusion in the Football Fan

What makes you happy, Football Fan? It’s not silverware, says Andrew Guest at Pitch Invasion — happiness studies argue it’s what our team gives us…”rare opportunities — real or perceived — to connect amidst the penetrating anomie of modern life.” But when Benoît Assou-Ekotto tells us he plays for the money, says The Times‘ Matthew Syed, he destroys the central delusion of modern sports fandom: that players identify as much with our cause as we do with theirs.

(Image: Uruguayan soccer fan at Tribuna America, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay. Image credit: jikatu/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.)

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