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 meaning and performance of nationalism using nothing but examples from the debate about football and the French national anthem.
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.