Conceptually, this site is founded on the premise that it’s impossible to separate one’s experience of a game/match from the context in which one has observed same. The circumstances under which the spectator consumes a baseball or soccer game are considerably different at one’s own home than at a pub than at the stadium itself. Paris Matches exists (probably) as means by which to celebrate sport as a spectacle and to explore its aesthetic implications.

Practically speaking, this site exists because the author, Carson Cistulli, has recently moved to Paris, where he’ll (a) live for approximately 10 months and (b) likely watch a number of soccer games and maybe other kinds of games at pubs and cafes all over the city. For this reason, Paris Matches exists as a flimsy pretense upon which he (read: I) can watch games while also purporting to do serious work.