When Heraclitus said “you cannot step into a river twice“, many will have thought long to understand the meaning of his quote. Philosophy in the university was a revelation for many young minds especially seeing the Athenians and the likes of Socrates, Aristotle, Plato flexing their muscles in their worlds in searching for the ultimate urstuff or goal of living.
In Manchester, it is reported that Victor Valdes has adopted a new philosophy following reports that Louis Van Gaal is set to sell him on OLX or Ebay. What has been LVG’s recent philosophy? Memories may fail me but he tried using Pythagoras philosophy merged with Egyptian philosophy of the numbers 2, 3 and 5. The addition of these numbers gave a perfect number 10 of which Pythagoras related all things to numbers. LVG tweaked Pythagoras theory and opted to use a 3-5-2 system to campaign for the Premier League.
Valdes is not selected [for the tour] because he doesn’t follow my philosophy. The philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm. He refused last year to play in the second team. There are a lot of other aspects in the philosophy how you have to play like a goalkeeper at Manchester United. When you are not willing [to apply] the principles of that philosophy there is only one way, and that is out. – LVG
The world outside football know that Idealism, realism, existentialism, pragmatism, atomism, thomism are examples of philosophies. Other branches include epistemology, dialectics, logic, metaphysics and all that may apply.
Chelsea continued their park-the-bus-ism with the news that Yokohoma Tyres will be in front of their bellies when they play this forthcoming season. As rent boys, they have no heart but bellies to do the thinking for them and the bus driver to station the bus in front of the goal post. Maybe Cech had to leave because he wanted to adopt another philosophy.
In Singapore, the philosophy of Wenger continued on the pitch as Chuba Akpom grabbed a hattrick in a 4-0 victory over Singapore Select XI. Jack Wilshere scored the other goal. The Barclays Asia Trophy is the competition and the final will be against Everton after the Toffess saw off Stoke and their Rugby-ism in a penalty shoot out.
To extend the Wenger-ism or better still, Arsenal-ism, It is reported that Olivier Giroud has signed a new contract. Does he renew annually? Bellerin has also extended his contract. Such revelation from last season. He is the reason Jenkinson is off to Westham on loan but with no Big-sam-ism philosophy. Wenger will hope that he continues his rise at the Hammers before Debuchy is spent with age so as to give Bellerin much more rivalry just like Monreal dissed the English philosophy of Gibbs last season.
It is all about philosophy, on-the-pitch philosophy like Barca-Bayern-Pep Tiki-Taka, Big-Sam-Aeraial-ism, Wenger-ism, Benitez-ism… Will Benitez bring a new philosophy in Madrid? Will Ronaldo abide by Benitez’s philosophy or continue to sulk in his self-glorifying philosophy? Last season must be hard on him. You remember how he sulked for failing to score a single goal in the World Club competition last year – not even an own goal.
In Africa, Nigeria ended Keshi’s philosophy by claiming he was not committed. Measurement of commitment varies as per definition of the original philosophy. What am I even writing about? Keshi was re-sacked and the NFF in its recent philosophy have now given the job to another ex-international Sunday Oliseh. Oliseh will bring his philosophy of taking long range shots from outside the post like in France ’98 although he could only manage 2 goals in his ~64 games for the Super Eagles.
Ahmed Musa et al will need to start following the foot steps of comical Shegs Okoro – is that comic still on – by shooting at sight. Hope the nets are fortified to withstand such shots, that is if they do better than Oliseh in terms of shooting from a far. But in truth Oliseh as started his major philosophy of which i will rephrase as “To play in the Super Eagles, play for a first division side”. Is Albanian or Chinese league inclusive?
Enough of this Philosophy love, jargun and quotes. Today is a holiday in Nigeria. A couple of animals must have lost their lives. I can only wait for the Nigerian Premier League and its LMC philosophy by Sunday again. But before than, Wenger has a philosophical game to show us on Saturday.
Check out this Arsenal family philosophy unlike a bus-parking philosophy club that commit adultery and fornication with their teammates wives and girl friends.
Jeez, enough of this philosophies. Socrates must be smiling in his grave or heaven or ideal world.