2010 World Cup

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

WAGs, Kids and World Cup Dreams

The WAGs may have spent the 2006 World Cup putting their credit cards to good use in Baden Baden, but this is Africa. And Africa doesn’t need their credit cards, it needs their tears. Starting this Sunday on BBC Three, “five WAGs leave their pampered lives behind to experience the reality of life behind

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Naija Does It Again

In yesterday’s special “Africa issue” of Canada’s Globe and Mail, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote this on contemporary Nigerian music: “The music is cross-cultural, polyglot, derivative, but is also, at its core, very nationalist. It is music whose...

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Quoted: Achille Mbembe on the World Cup

Here’s an excerpt from Achille Mbembe’s “2010 Soccer World Cup: Where is the Moral Argument?” Mbembe wrote this in 2006 but with 30 days to go until kick-off, it’s still worth a read. “That Bafana Bafana (the...

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Hugh Masekela the critic

In an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 News Hugh Masekela, who will perform at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World, speaks the obvious about the long-term meaning of the World Cup.  “The World Cup...

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Viral Culture: “Where the hell is Matt?”

We’ve covered the Diski Dance before, but I couldn’t resist sharing yet another Diski-related video. This time featuring Matt Harding, of Where the Hell is Matt fame (you know, that guy that got paid to go around...

Friday, May 7th, 2010


Didier Drogba is all the rage now–“Time” named him to the magazine’s annual 100 Most Influential People,” largely because of his apparent role  to end the civil war in his native Cote d’Ivoire’s civil war through football.  As...

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

ESPN goes to the World Cup

I, too, am in full World Cup frenzy. And while Puma gets Sean’s vote, I think I might have to go with ESPN on this one. Their 2010 World Cup coverage will feature “a 10-part series that...

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Vanity Fair’s World Cup Cover Story

Blog post on the magazine’s June cover story (written predictably by a Brit) including the Annie Leibovitz cover photograph for which some of the world’s recognizable players wore nothing else but their underwear. Via Austin Merril

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Weekend Links

Things I have read quickly, seen or watched, listened to, been forwarded, did not really have the time to think about properly, here for your reading pleasure: * On Freedom Day, last Tuesday, South Africa’s government released...

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Africa’s World Cup @ The New School

Africa’s World Cup THE NEW SCHOOL, 66 WEST 12TH STREET.  Room 510 Date: May 4, 2010 Time: 3-5 pm FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The 2010 World Cup is historic: it will be the first time...

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The final countdown

With less than 50 days to go before the start of the 2010 World Cup, Kenya-based journalist and author Steve Bloomfield has done a decent piece for Britian’s “The Independent” on the countdown to the tournament. My...

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Akon Deserves a Pepsi

Apparently the video for Pepsi’s “Oh Africa” commercial is the first 2010 World Cup commercial to go viral. (I’ve blogged about it here before.)  So much for Coke thinking its official World Cup sponsor status and numerous...

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Grandma Scores

I love these football-playing grandmas from Mafarana in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, bordering Mozambique and Zimbabwe.  About 55 women take part in the games with the youngest 4 years old.    Good for the grandmas. But it...

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The World Cup and the “40,000 Prostitutes”

In 2006 before the last World Cup finals newspapers in Europe were awash with reports that 40,000 prostitutes were being smuggled into Germany.  The women were set to be trafficked from unnamed Eastern European countries. When the...

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

The Third World Cup

I don’t think my man Vijay Prashad would mind me reposting his first in a series of World Cup posts put on Facebook:  “… Herein starts my backgrounder, on football, third worldism and history. This first one is on...

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