Post by Percy Zvomuya As Pope Francis supports San Lorenzo (nickname Los Santos), a team in Argentina’s Primera Division, what better way to dissect his ascension to the papacy than by way of football. About these ads
1. This high-stakes knockout format might not be so bad after all. Qualifying groups are long, turgid affairs, especially the European ones, international football’s equivalent of the snoozetastic-but-moneyspinning Champions League group stages. Knockout football puts the big names at risk, as they should be. This past weekend was joyous.
In Argentina, a country where class and race is not far from the surface, someone who comes from the Buenos Aires slums is known as El Negrito. As writer Colm Toibin wrote in a profile of Diego Maradona in Esquire in 1991, that refers to someone with darker skin than the ruling class, specifically someone […]
More World Cup Fever. Well, what will happen on the fields. “He is just brilliant. Georgie Best, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff … Incredible little man. He is the best player on the planet.” Lionel Messi, who will be at the center of Diego Maradona’s plans for Argentina’s World Cup plans in South Africa, scores recently […]
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 videos it is shooting with its designated star, K’Naan, would guarantee it domination among football fans. Footnote: I […]