Quotes by: Rabih Alameddine

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'Harat' is actually - it's a Lebanese dialect word. It comes from 'the mapmaker,' somebody who makes a map. And it basically means somebody who tells fibs or exaggerate tales a little bit.
Rabih Alameddine
I've never had a problem finding a team, a league, or a pickup game. Actually, I'm not sure I want soccer to get bigger. We have so many teams in San Francisco that there aren't enough fields.
Rabih Alameddine
A player should be disparaged if he gives less than his all, if he doesn't give 100%, no matter what shirt he's wearing. Whether it's your national team, your club, or little league. Yes, there are friendly matches, recreational ones, and so on, but sport in its essence is about giving your best.
Rabih Alameddine
No one needs to be reminded of racism in soccer: the xenophobia, the nativism and, yes, nationalism.
Rabih Alameddine
If you go through any culture that has had wars, go to the bomb shelters, and you'll hear some amazing stories. Yes, it's a necessary thing that we actually both distract ourselves and it's a way to bond.
Rabih Alameddine
My father loved Brazilian football, a diehard follower, so of course, he hated Germany and always rooted against them, always.
Rabih Alameddine
I can easily hold two opposing beliefs at the same time without any problem, which I find - well, mind-expanding, really.
Rabih Alameddine
I started writing half a paragraph of a mystery novel, half a paragraph there, and they were terrible.
Rabih Alameddine
I oscillate between being cynical and being naive on a regular basis. I always think that not much shocks me until something much too obvious does.
Rabih Alameddine
In 1982, Algeria made their first appearance at the World Cup. I believe it was the first Arab country to do so.
Rabih Alameddine
One of the things I enjoy most during the World Cup is watching a team improve, mature, and gel during the course of the tournament.
Rabih Alameddine
English has always had a special fondness for other European languages, a neighborly soft spot - perhaps because Britain has been invaded by speakers of those languages from the onset of its recorded history.
Rabih Alameddine
Nobody ever calls me a soccer-playing writer, even though I play soccer and it's part of who I am.
Rabih Alameddine
I get upset about what is taken as great literature and what is cute and exotic.
Rabih Alameddine
I loved problems on paper, and I was good at math, but I was a mechanical engineer, and I never understood - or cared to - how a car worked.
Rabih Alameddine
I always assumed that everyone knew no country would ever be awarded a World Cup without pricey gifts exchanging hands under the tables.
Rabih Alameddine
The reasons why a player is better on one club than on another are many. I certainly am not an expert and can't explain.
Rabih Alameddine
There are over 1 million refugees in Lebanon, a country of 4 million people. How do we solve that? I have no idea. What's going on, I really don't know.
Rabih Alameddine
I was gay before I began to play soccer over 40 years ago. It's been 28 years since a friend and I organized one of the first gay soccer teams in the world.
Rabih Alameddine
Whenever I come across an Arabic word mired in English text, I am momentarily shocked out of the narrative.
Rabih Alameddine
When the Lebanese Civil War started in 1975, I was 15. I was shipped to boarding school in England and, after that, to UCLA.
Rabih Alameddine
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