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.
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.
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.
Martha Saavedra conducts a virtual excavation of youth soccer fields, showing that all sporting terrain leaves a legacy in sediment and memory.
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.
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.”
Looking beyond imbroglios in the changing room, Palestinian media group Ma’an in The Team creates a football-based “soap opera for social change.”
Pelada debuts at the South by Southwest Film Festival as the ultimate expression of football’s capacity for communion.
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.
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.
Indigenous Andean women don colorful skirts(polleras) and play on weekends as respite from hard labors at home and in the fields.
For Aleksandar Hemon, the Bosnian-born writer, lack of soccer means spiritual death. With interview »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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.