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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The Black Manager

The announcement that Clarence Seedorf will be the new manager of AC Milan in Serie A immediately makes him the highest profile black club manager in the world, right? Though no other black manager has come close to the heights Seedorf has achieved here--except Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona (2003-2008)--we wondered whether we could make a list...

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Thanks to Eusébio, it’s common for European nations’ football fortunes to depend on African players today

Historian Eric Hobsbawn once wrote of the centrality of national soccer teams to national identity in Europe, that "the imagined community of millions seems more real as a team of eleven named people." And that allows it...

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Lilian Thuram’s Burden

Lilian Thuram isn’t just any footballer; he’s emerged as the game’s moral conscience, not just in the French-speaking world, but more broadly. So much so that recently a packed hall at New York University came to...