What They're Saying: Christian Streich

“It is part of the basis of life for many. It is not escapism. For me, it was like eating. As a child, I played soccer more than I ate. It is a cultural artifact. You meet up with a friend, you go to the stadium, you see your friends, you win, you lose, you’re sad, you’re happy. That’s not escapism. It’s culture.”

-- Christian Streich, the longtime coach of German club Freiburg, on whether soccer is an escape from reality, especially during the last month when the Bundesliga was the first major league to return after the COVID-19 pandemic. (New York Times)
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