Retrospective: Aga Khan and Soccer

Aga Khan: My legs were particularly strong and in Europe I had naturally been thoroughly trained in soccer’s techniques. I made the freshman team, and we went through the season undefeated. I played outside left and scored occasionally.

– His Highness the Aga Khan, 1964 Sports Illustrated Interview with Paul Evan Ress

 

His Highness the Aga Khan playing soccer at Harvard (Image - Life Magazine)
His Highness the Aga Khan playing soccer at Harvard (Image – Life Magazine)

 
His Highness the Aga Khan at Harvard - coaching moment (Image - Life Magazine)
His Highness the Aga Khan at Harvard – coaching moment (Image – Life Magazine)

 

“I was born right-handed, I had the good fortune to come into this world left-footed. Soccer players who could kick with their left foot were very rare in the United States in those days. This meant that I was able to make the Freshman Soccer team as the left wing.

 

We were a distinguished group; we turned in an undefeated season, and also had the distinction of all being on a list in the Dean’s office, not to be confused with the Dean’s list, although we were never troubled to explain that fine distinction very fully to our parents.

 

To this day I am convinced that I owe my Harvard degree to my left foot.”

 

– His Highness the Aga Khan, Keynote Address at the Association of American Universities Centenary Celebration

Washington D.C. April 22nd, 2001

Association of American Universities is a nonprofit association of 60 U.S. and 2 Canadian preeminent public and private research universities

 

Accelerate your awareness … Learn even more!

A. Interview and Speech references from The NanoWisdoms Archive
1. Sports Illustrated Interview, Paul Evan Ress, ‘Prince Karim Aga Khan’ (USA)
2. Association of American Universities Centenary Celebration, ‘Making a Difference: Reflections on Shared Problems, Shared Opportunities and Shared Responsibilities in International Higher Education’ (Washington D.C., USA)

 

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