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World Cup: Era, Or Accident?

The 2006 World Cup final left behind very little except for the headbutt. Zinedine Zidane’s baffling last act as a player overshadowed the result, and a penalty-kick winner always feels like a co-champion, not a conqueror. In any case, Italy … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE DEADBLOG! Internazionale v. Barcelona

Halftime: I arrive at my neighborhood soccer bar with three distinct goals in mind: 1) Avoid making any facile written statements in the well-worn (by me) “isn’t globalization interesting” / “here is a fascinating insight into the state of soccer … Continue reading

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FC Barcelona: The Downside of Sports Democracy

Idealist fanboys of FC Barcelona (ahem) are prone to wax romantic (ahem ahem) about the Catalan club’s remarkable structure. Collectively owned by tens of thousands of dues-paying members, FCB is controlled by an elected president and board. While the Green … Continue reading

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