Category: Regions

Obama schedules soccer summit in Soccer City

Barack Obama has put executive-branch muscle and street soccer cred behind the United States bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup finals. In Jun 2010 he will attend Opening Ceremonies at Soccer City in Soweto.

South Africa | At the top of our thoughts, near the bottom of the world

South Africa | At the top of our thoughts, near the bottom of the world

World football stands poised between an obscenity and a dream—the obscenity the £136 million to send two Lusophone footballers to Real Madrid, the dream a 2010 World Cup in South Africa that might make soccer here a sport for all.

Anatoly Kuznetsov and Dynamo Kyiv's 'almost incredible' story

Anatoly Kuznetsov and Dynamo Kyiv’s ‘almost incredible’ story

Anatoly Kuznetsov‘s work, smuggled to the UK in 1969, contained what would become, when translated, one of the first English-language accounts of Dynamo Kyiv’s deeds during World War II.

Settling Palestinian question in '90-minute war'

Settling Palestinian question in ’90-minute war’

In Itay Meirson‘s first novel, Milchemet Tisheem Hadakot (The 90-Minute War), the intractable Middle Eastern dispute over Palestine is decided in one football match. The winning team keeps the Holy Land. The losers get eastern Oregon.

20 years later, remembering East German film and football

20 years later, remembering East German film and football

The sixth edition of the 11mm Fußballfilmfestival revels in Ostalgie (“Eastalgia”) by screening 14 films from or concerning the former East Germany. With film listing and podcast »

Roster of films, 11mm Fußballfilmfestival, 3–6 April 2009

Roster of films, 11mm Fußballfilmfestival, 3–6 April 2009

The list of 35 feature films and documentaries at the 11mm Fußballfilmfestival in Berlin, 3–6 Apr 09.

Municipal de Fútbol, where Angelenos do not fear to tread

Municipal de Fútbol, where Angelenos do not fear to tread

Municipal de Fútbol focuses on what the project’s essayist, Jennifer Doyle, calls the most developed subculture in Los Angeles: improvisational soccer. With podcast »

The day that Samuel Pepys did not play football

The day that Samuel Pepys did not play football

In the whirl of 17th-century London life, diarist Samuel Pepys had too many appointments to indulge in the well-established practice of street soccer. But, one frosty morn in Jan 1665, he notices a street “full of footballs.”

No último minuto (‘In the last minute’)

No último minuto (‘In the last minute’)

We publish a translation of a 1978 short story by Brazilian author Sérgio Sant’Anna in which a goalkeeper’s anxiety and his separation from fellows figure large: “The stadium explodes and I feel my own head bursting apart. … It’s like everything is very far away, without any relation to me.”

Cleats of many nations now rooted in Georgia clay

Cleats of many nations now rooted in Georgia clay

Liberated from apartments outside Atlanta, 75 kids play in a Martin Luther King Day soccer tournament. Local nonprofits use soccer to help children from warring countries, whether Angola or Burma or Sudan, adjust. With video (8:39) »

Northern latitudes helped make Marta a player of Sol importance

Northern latitudes helped make Marta a player of Sol importance

Marta Vieira da Silva, 22, announces that she will leave her home of five years—Umeå, Sweden, the northern coastal city that nurtured her game and personality but that could not keep her from the bigger world. With timeline and podcast »

‘The negotiation was long and difficult,’ says Farah of creating Marta’s LA story

Drawing primarily from online sources in Brazil and Sweden (links provided), our timeline summarizes some three months of negotiations over Marta Vieira da Silva‘s Jan 09 transfer to Los Angeles Sol.

USA | Taking a second chance at building women's premier league

USA | Taking a second chance at building women’s premier league

The Atlanta Beat’s successors announce their ambition to join Women’s Professional Soccer in 2010—a second, perhaps final, chance to give professional women’s football a foothold in North America.

Israeli writers' trophy leads to 'emptiness of the day after'

Israeli writers’ trophy leads to ‘emptiness of the day after’

Assaf Gavron, captain of the Israeli writers’ XI (see 9 Dec 08), regards football as a legitimate literary subject: “The main appeal is to accomplish the boyhood dream of many men really, not only writers. It is to be a football star.” With podcast »

For 3 days in Tel Aviv, football becomes more than metaphor

As part of a broader cultural exchange, Israel hosts an international Writers’ League tournament, including England and Germany, from Dec 14–16. A side of Israeli authors reprises a May friendly against Germany in Berlin, during which novelist Assaf Gavron confirmed his intuition that Germans do not miss penalties. (Dec 12)

Germany 4, Israel 2 in buildup to Word Cup (not a typo)

What does soccer have to do with literature? asks Israeli novelist Assaf Gavron in advance of a Writers’ League friendly between Germany and Israel. “Soccer is life, literature is about life.”

The Zen of Mathare: brew changaa, carry water, play soccer

The Zen of Mathare: brew changaa, carry water, play soccer

The final installment, from Nairobi and Cape Town, from Gwendolyn Oxenham‘s diaries supporting The Soccer Project, a documentary about pickup soccer worldwide.

Cinema | Football’s happy existence inside Parisian ‘museum’

The third installment, from Paris, from Gwendolyn Oxenham‘s diaries supporting The Soccer Project.

Global Game YouTube™ channel

We offer a separate YouTube™ channel featuring video previews for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press) as well as miscellany, including pre-game pomp from a 1978 friendly between Cuba and the Chicago Sting in Havana.

Earlier films appear on the Yahoo! Jumpcut channel. (Nov 26)

Cinema | Attempting Jewish-Arab reconciliation in a 10-minute game

The second installment, from Jerusalem, from Gwendolyn Oxenham‘s diaries supporting an in-process documentary film, The Soccer Project, about four recent college graduates and their pursuit of improvisational soccer matches around the world.

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