The Beautiful Game Fails Women

July 24, 2018

Entertainment and profits aside, it is time FIFA put its money where its mouth is and encourage women to play the beautiful game. Missing teams. Dangerous turf. Low investment. Women's international football has a problem, not in quality of play or enthusiasm, but in the support provided by its...

The Contradictions of France’s World Cup Victory

July 21, 2018

The winning French team is populated by players who had been captured by football academies at a young age, and they too had led curiously privileged lives and enjoyed their own elite formation. There was once a certain style. Rereading the 1953 English translation of Albert Camus’s The Rebel,...

Is France’s World Cup Victory a Win for Diversity?

July 20, 2018

For a month, people from hundreds of different countries with millions of different stories come together for one reason: to enjoy football together. The 2018 FIFA World Cup went out with a bang on July 15 as France won the tournament for a second time after an intense final against...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Bringing You “Chaos” Today

June 25, 2018

As usual, chaos is the word of the day in the media — this time with Donald Trump and Lionel Messi. On the same day, June 23, Business Insider posted two articles with a headline containing the word chaos. The first one concerned the global economy: “Trump threatens to slam a massive tariff...

The World Cup Tool: Improving Iran’s Image?

June 26, 2014

Rouhani is likely to benefit from the success of the Iranian soccer team at the World Cup. It didn’t take long for it to emerge that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shared an understanding of soccer’s political unity with his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose militant and...