Sep 16, 2008, 12:30PM

Ballet & (European) Football

Europeans have been known to chant "you're shit and you know you are" at—operas. Soccer fans trample each other. And yet there are striking similarities between the sporting and fine arts worlds: enter The Beautiful Game: A Football Ballet.

“You’ve got to be a highly polished athlete as a dancer and as a footballer. You need discipline, technique, teamwork and a few players of genius, and both careers are short,” Wayne Eagling, the artistic director of the English National Ballet, said.

Eagling’s company has created The Beautiful Game: A Football Ballet, a 15-minute work commissioned by The New Football Pools to showcase ten iconic moments as voted for by 20,000 visitors to the Pools’ website.


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