The Outsider

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‘Aloof, solitary, impassive, the crack goalie is followed in the streets by entranced small boys… He is the lone eagle, the man of mystery, the last defender.’ Nabokov (quoted here), Camus, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, James Joyce, even Julian Barnes… it’s safe to say the goalkeeper hasn’t always been a team player. In The Outsider, Jonathan Wilson traces the sometimes dangerous intellectual and literary preoccupations of the goalkeeper, and looks at how the position has secured a certain existential cool, as well as taking a deep tactical and technical look at the history of goalkeeping.