Transcending the Pitch: Robin van Persie's “Inexpressible” Goal

Does it still make sense to talk about transcendence when so much of our lives is routinized, restricted, and under surveillance? Increasingly, secularists and theists are shifting their focus to modern sports arenas. When the Dutch striker Robin van Persie scored his “out of this world” goal agains...

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Published in:Journal of religion and popular culture
Main Author: Bronson, Eric 1971-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: University of Saskatchewan [2017]
In:Journal of religion and popular culture
Year: 2017, Volume: 29, Issue: 1, Pages: 19-29
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Persie, Robin van 1983- / Torschuss / Geschichte 2014 / Sportfan / Transcendental experience
Further subjects:B Secularization
B Sublime
B Transcendence
B tiki-taka
B Total Football
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:Does it still make sense to talk about transcendence when so much of our lives is routinized, restricted, and under surveillance? Increasingly, secularists and theists are shifting their focus to modern sports arenas. When the Dutch striker Robin van Persie scored his “out of this world” goal against Spain at the 2014 World Cup, soccer fans and pundits alike had a difficult time making sense of it all. But when we look at the construction of the stadium, the lines on the pitch, and even the specific tiki-taka tactics employed by both coaches, we see how secular regulations help lay the foundation for the freeing transcendence of the modern sports fan.
ISSN:1703-289X
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and popular culture
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.3138/jrpc.29.1.3446