Managers | Does England really need a Scolari?

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Luiz Felipe Scolari. Link to Observer (U.K.) article.London | In considering Luiz Felipe Scolari‘s rejection of the job as England manager, Observer columnist Mary Riddell writes that the influences from abroad have “transformed the English league and society itself.” The game is irrepressibly global, irrepressibly political, as illustrated by the row over whether Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will attend the coming World Cup. Riddell writes, “Whether or not the President shows up, this tournament promises to be unusually politicised, even by its historic standards. Italy’s victories in 1934 and 1938 were exploited by [Benito] Mussolini, who described the team as “soldiers’ for the national cause, while England’s win in 1966 could not have been a bigger boost for Labour if Harold Wilson had played at centre back.” … World Football on BBC World Service on Apr 29 began a series on politics and the World Cup. 

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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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