As I consumed a taco salad at Por Que No last night, Gol TV soundlessly played a short docu-ganda piece called “The Beautiful Century: 100 Years of FIFA.” Incredibly rad footage of the 1966 World Cup, Pele, Maradona, Platini, et al kept me riveted; unfortunately, the tiny snippets of game action came amid long—torturously long—talking-head segments starring none other than Sepp Blatter. What was he talking about? Who could possibly care? Add equally lengthy Ken Burns-style pans of THE TEXT OF THE FREAKING FIFA BY-LAWS, goofy historical re-enactments of FIFA’s founding meeting and archival shots from FIFA Congresses past (ah, the 1987 Congress…that was a fantastic year…), and “The Beautiful Century” amounted to an inadvertant demonstration of precisely what’s wrong with the game’s governing body.


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Freelance journalist. Author of The Renegade Sportsman (Riverhead Books). Thank you.
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