Category: Regions

Football made in Nigeria | A short story by Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Football made in Nigeria | A short story by Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Wearing boots and driven by the stern Coach Clemence, a Nigerian side discovers that it cannot play this imported game. “I can’t afford to spend all my life chasing the wind,” says Brother Okoro.

‘Before funny things started’ | A World Cup monologue by Tapuwa Moore

‘Before funny things started’ | A World Cup monologue by Tapuwa Moore

Football coach, actress and polyglot rapper, Tapuwa Moore offers Soweto-tinged reflections on how Pulpo Paul, vuvuzela hymns and “vagina-bodied people” helped her survive FIFA’s World Cup.

Koman Coulibaly, refereeing and the electronic scrum over 'truth'

Koman Coulibaly, refereeing and the electronic scrum over ‘truth’

Malian referee Koman Coulibaly is scapegoated in the U.S. draw with Slovenia Jun 18, launching a vicious Wikipedia war that sacrifices his humanity and ours.

Excavating American soccer fields, uncovering buried layers of sport

Excavating American soccer fields, uncovering buried layers of sport

Martha Saavedra conducts a virtual excavation of youth soccer fields, showing that all sporting terrain leaves a legacy in sediment and memory.

From Johannesburg, lesbian footballers chosen to play, choosing to live

From Johannesburg, lesbian footballers chosen to play, choosing to live

Life in the FIFA-free zone | Chosen Few Lesbian Soccer Club in its witness to the healing powers of eros and sport outdoes FIFA in promoting football’s influence on self and society.

When Kanoute scored and Iraq exploded—a Spurs' supporter's prison diary

When Kanoute scored and Iraq exploded—a Spurs’ supporter’s prison diary

Held captive for 3,080 days during the Iran-Iraq war, Emad Nimah‘s “grief was made worse due to total ignorance of how Tottenham were getting on.”

Palestinian soccer drama—‘Team' building for social change

Palestinian soccer drama—‘Team’ building for social change

Looking beyond imbroglios in the changing room, Palestinian media group Ma’an in The Team creates a football-based “soap opera for social change.”

In places without a name, 'Pelada' films the football we never knew

In places without a name, ‘Pelada’ films the football we never knew

Pelada debuts at the South by Southwest Film Festival as the ultimate expression of football’s capacity for communion.

Auschwitz and the perversion of football

Auschwitz and the perversion of football

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we interview William Heyen about his poem “Parity,” concerning a 1944 football match at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Beside crematoriums, Nazis engineered the ultimate perversion of sport.

In disaster, soccer infrastructure becomes Haitian lifeline

In disaster, soccer infrastructure becomes Haitian lifeline

Football grounds around the world have a tradition of offering refuge from disasters. Stadiums and soccer itself offer shelter and solace in Haiti following the devastating earthquake Jan 12.

L'Athlétique d'Haiti | 'The soccer program is going to be back on track'

L’Athlétique d’Haiti | ‘The soccer program is going to be back on track’

Update on the Haiti earthquake from Laura Anduze, international liaison for L’Athlétique d’Haiti, the youth soccer program founded in Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, in 1996 by Robert Duval.

Ahead of 2012, Ukraine reclaims iconographic and football treasures

Ahead of 2012, Ukraine reclaims iconographic and football treasures

With Orthodox nativity celebrations upon us, we wonder if Ukrainian traditions of religious iconography and football offer creative ideas for recovering lost history and making one nation.

Peruvian women, in 'fulbito Andino,' find light in the darkness

Peruvian women, in ‘fulbito Andino,’ find light in the darkness

Indigenous Andean women don colorful skirts(polleras) and play on weekends as respite from hard labors at home and in the fields.

In Chicago midfields, Hemon discovers transcendental soccer nation

In Chicago midfields, Hemon discovers transcendental soccer nation

For Aleksandar Hemon, the Bosnian-born writer, lack of soccer means spiritual death. With interview »

Afrika's tale—saved from the streets to play on the streets

Afrika’s tale—saved from the streets to play on the streets

Football’s powers of resurrection have rarely had a better exemplar than Martin Afrika. The 32-year-old captain for South Africa at the Homeless World Cup has reconstructed his identity through sport. With podcast »

Remembering Eudy, KwaThema's brightest, killed on its darkest night

Remembering Eudy, KwaThema’s brightest, killed on its darkest night

Eudy Simelane, former midfielder for the senior South African women’s national team, Banyana Banyana, shaped her world around football before her murder in Apr 08.

Ukrainian will, Carpathian pride and the summer of ’69

Ukrainian will, Carpathian pride and the summer of ’69

Some 30,000 Ukrainians descended on Moscow in Aug 1969 and sang folk songs in the heart of the Soviet empire. FC Karpaty supporters celebrated the regional second-division club’s surprising place in Soviet soccer history.

Mexico | Despite opposition, loyalists continue to spread América brand

Mexico | Despite opposition, loyalists continue to spread América brand

Club América shirts predominate in the Georgia Dome in a friendly against AC Milan. The club has made itself a continental brand but has drawn loathing from Mexican compatriots, who shout, “Those colors make me sick!” With video »

The 'wrong-footed soccer maiden' who bridged Manhattan, Beijing

The ‘wrong-footed soccer maiden’ who bridged Manhattan, Beijing

Gay Talese, following the Women’s World Cup final on 10 Jul 99, takes interest in the Chinese player who misses a penalty kick, Liu Ying. With podcast »

Where Cossacks held sway, women's football adds international spice

Where Cossacks held sway, women’s football adds international spice

Even women’s football in Ukraine has shown effects of globalization, with players from South Africa, Spain, Mexico and Australia joining one club in 2008.

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