Advocacy journalism | Suan and Donovan find backers

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New York | Among a gaggle of short essays in which Sports Illustrated writers tout candidates for the magazine’s annual Sportsman of the Year award, two support soccer players. Grant Wahl writes to recommend Israel’s and Bnei Sakhnin’s Abas Suan (see 15 Apr 05), who has used “his newfound stature in Israel’s Arab and Jewish communities to voice the concerns of the Arab community while stressing, above all, that coexistence is a worthy and achievable goal.” Wahl relates Suan’s words and deeds to the social statements of Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

George Dohrmann backs Landon Donovan of Los Angeles Galaxy and the United States for helping to quell a labor dispute between U.S. players and the domestic soccer federation and for his loyalty to Major League Soccer.

About the Author

John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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