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Thursday, November 14th, 2013

A Hollywood studio is making a film about Pele

Dramatic films about football–with few exceptions, say “Sixty Six” or “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation“– are usually a bust. It seems hard to recreate on-field action or to make connections to larger themes about the nation, identity politics, institutional violence, capitalism or the romance of the beautiful game. And nowadays professional footballers’ lives off-field can...

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Football and Dictatorships

World and European champions Spain will play Equatorial Guinea in a friendly in Malabo on November 16th. We can only speculate as to why Spain is playing this match. There’s of course history: Spain once colonized Equatorial...

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp says out loud what a lot of people think

If Barcelona's team of the last four years were the first one that I saw play when I was four years of age ... with their serenity, winning 5-0, 6-0 … I would have played tennis. Sorry,...

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The story of Chima Okorie, the Nigerian architecture student who became the hero of Indian football

He never played for the Super Eagles, but in India there’s only one Nigerian footballer everybody knows: Chima Okorie. Here are some excerpts from a new piece by Kanishk Tharoor (some readers may also know his brother...

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

It’s not rugby

Sport in South Africa is like a lightening rod for racism. No matter how many people trot out the age-old argument about sport being a unifying element in the South Africa, the truth is South Africans are...

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

“People are going to know who Bob Hewitt is, how sick he is.”

The most recent episode of the US cable channel HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” aired a story about a group of women who accuse the South African tennis player and commentator Bob Hewitt of sexually abusing...

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