This doughty band of footballing psychogeographers was formed when the nomadic, autonomous university the University for Strategic Optimism used the occasion of a three-sided football match in New Cross to announce its auto-dissolution. Simultaneously the formation of a new triolectical football team was proclaimed – Strategic Optimism Football was born.
The UfSO declared that it was triolectically inverting Marcel Duchamp’s infamous gesture of “definitively abandoning” art in favour of chess. In their case, giving up politics in order to play three-sided football. However, SOF’s first game was played under the banner of an international day of action against gold mining in the Roșia Montană region of Transylvania – undermining their own futile gesture from day one. Incidentally, it is a little-known fact that it was from this very game that one of three-sided football’s key tactical dissimulations – the so-called “Rosia’s (Triple) Cross” – obtained its name.
‘The Optimists’ play in a multi-coloured kit, triolectically derived from industrial painting, occult magick and sploshing. They function as a home team for all those with no home, where all the shirts read Blissett. They have gone on to contest the Luther Blissett Deptford League in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons and sent players to the 1th Triolectical Football World Cup in Silkeborg Denmark, in May 2014.
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