Remember that really good player from an obscure South American league who absolutely dominated in the 1970′s? Or that amazing amateur team from the New York Hungarian immigrant league in the 1930′s? They went on a tour of Europe or something and picked up some big scalps from top teams. Me too. We both remember this because something that is only remembered by a few is not really “forgotten” per se. Rather, it’s just often overlooked. However, nobody writes a headline with “often overlooked” or “remembered by a few.”
In order to correct this injustice, we are Futfanatico present the first ever, 100% “forgotten” story in the history of soccer journalism.
An amount of time ago that cannot be quantified, something happened. This something involved soccer. However, with all the bustle and hustle of modern times, with your telegraph lines and doodlebugs and speed buggies and transistor radios, somehow this seminal event escaped the attention of historians and the general public alike. In fact, few at the time realized just how important it was. Instead, trapped in a solipsistic bubble, most folks cared only for themselves.
However, seminal event(s) should be remembered. If we properly look back in time at said event, it was a stepping stone to future important soccer-related events. Such as the formation of an important idea. After all, if the headband had not been invented, would we have the wristband? What would NBA players use to keep warm the part of their forearm closest to the elbow? And don’t even get my started on snoods.
Still, we tried to talk with prominent academics and journalists about said seminal event. Here’s the problem: none of them could even recall the basic contours of the event, let alone specific names and dates. In a serious of confusing emails and gchats, these academics and journalists grew increasingly frustrated by the general banter and prodding. However, they themselves failed to produce the key facts to illuminate this forgotten story.
Instead, they could only recall remembered stories that had faded in our collective memory. However, like the melted candle wick, these slight traces proved that at least somebody had to recall the event, thus meaning it could not have been “forgotten.”
Our team of investigative reporters decided to dig even deeper: the fan perspective via social media and online forums. We posted a threat titled “Does anybody remember that one time…” and got lots of replies, but, alas, we got stuck in our own rhetorical trap: the very second anybody remembers an event, doesn’t that mean said event cannot be “forgotten”? Would it perhaps be better to say “the once forgotten” or “at one time was widely forgotten” story?
The very act of writing and publishing an article implies a realization, a memorial, a shot of light in the darkness of el olvido. Which is why this very article cannot give you any more details on this seminal but forgotten story. To do so would render it no longer forgotten. Please forgive me.