Is France’s World Cup championship team a bellwether for France’s political future?
For a long time most football fans experienced the game via the radio, making broadcasters cult figures. Like Allou Ndiaye in 1950s Senegal.
The Senegalese football jersey is a powerful symbol of nationhood and independence.
Drogba became one of the most famous footballers of his generation thanks to his time at Chelsea, but he never won a major tournament for his national team.
The recent explosions in the Stade de France was one of the most surreal things to ever take place in a stadium built nearly two decades ago specifically to house history.
Preparations for the 2014 World Cup have served as a trigger for what may become a major political and social movement in Brazil.
The French national anthem is a pretty nasty song. It dreams, in one of its more memorable verses, that the “blood of the impure” will “irrigate our fields.”
The historian Laurent Dubois watches the African Cup of Nations in Senegal and can’t help mix it up with the history of colonialism and neo-colonialism in the region.
Didier Drogba is the master of the unruly and the absurd: when he is in form, none of what the other team does matters.
France today is struggling with race because — unlike its former colonies — it never actually went through its own process of decolonization.