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The Final Report

Today the 2014 World Cup in Brazil ends. It was a fun ride, and I don’t think that anyone will disagree that this has been an unforgettable month of international sport,…..

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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 listen to him talk about racism in football … on a Friday night. Of course we went and got our picture taken (see here) with one of the best players of his generation. Born in Martinique, his single mother took him and his siblings to Paris when he was still a little child. He played club football for Monaco, Parma, Juventus and Barcelona (in that order). He retired from playing in 2008 after being diagnosed with a heart condition. And after he scored 2 goals for France in the 1998 World Cup semi-final against Croatia, no less than Zinedine Zidane told journalists: “You write and write about me and Ronaldo, but you don’t even see that the greatest footballer of all is right in front of you: Lilian Thuram.” He’s also well-read and cites Aimé Cesaire, the Martinique poet and longtime Communist mayor of Fort-de-France, as his hero.

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African Football Stars in America, Part One

FIFA President Sepp Blatter does not think highly of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States. But all this has not diminished some foreign players signing for MLS clubs. Especially African players. In this first of a two part series, we explore the African athletes making an imprint on US football right now.

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Black Diamond(s)

[vodpod id=Video.5523753&w=500&h=411&fv=file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Ffr.player-feed.previewnetworks.com%2Fv3.1%2Fcinema%2F5444%2F331100125-1%2F] Director Pascale Lamche’s got some help from Peter Mukurube (that’s him putting Sepp Blatter on the spot in the video), Anas Aremeyaw Anas and ‘Basile’ for her new…..

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Shameless Self Promotion: World Cup edition

Look out for a a special issue of African Journalism Studies on “The Fifa World Cup 2010 in the News.” I guest edited.  While you’re contemplating whether you’d pay to read…..

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Own Goal

By Peter Alegi In a few hours WikiLeaks will release thousands of secret FIFA documents detailing World Cup match fixing and widespread corruption within football’s governing body. Never before have…..

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Made in China

The football will be great, we’ll talk tactics and football history all month long, make silly predictions on who’ll win the cup, and the fans will have a good time…..

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Step in the Name of Football

[vodpod id=Video.3658158&w=500&h=28&fv=] Just in case you thought we were done with Official 2010 World Cup songs here at Africa is a Country, I’m here to remind you that we aren’t……