Tatse learns to become a spark for Sparta24/8/2014 14:00
The grey-haired, rounded and avuncular president of Sparta Lichtenberg, Werner Natalis, said before his beloved side’s BerlinLiga clash against Berliner SC that he had only a single goal for the season. „Klassenerhalt. Nicht mehr“. Klassenerhalt, the preservation of their status, is one of those words that somehow implies more than just staying up. It brings with it images of the fight that will have to take place. Of being prepared to join the battle on level terms, no matter how outweighed one may be, no matter what the odds are against you.
Such are the vagaries of language, so much is implied, so much of it is delivered with the hinting of the eyes, the pointing of the fingers, the angle of the shoulders. And one of the truly great things about football is that it can cut across linguistic barriers. It unifies. As Sparta fought and dragged and fought their bloody way back into the game that had slowly broken out amongst the brutality of a first half that they were a goal down in before they had taken breath, there was a touching illustration of all of this. It was in the form of a mute conversation between Gino Wrembel and Tatsuro Kitahashi during one of the many, blessed, breaks in the superbly ragged and sometimes bloodcurdling game. read full article