Category: South Africa

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

History | Soccer fields, for King and Atlanta, lent space to move ‘beyond Vietnam’

Atlanta, Feb 5 | His work in ministry, as a public speaker and as face of the American civil rights movement prevented him from developing strong sporting enthusiasms, but at least once in his career Martin Luther King Jr. stepped onto a soccer field.

Metaphorically, King’s strides on the Sacramento State pitch in Oct 1967 point toward soccer as a place of social change in America of the civil rights era.

Hail to the Chief | Ntsoelengoe remembered before Absa Cup final

Ntsoelengoe The Soweto-based giants of South African football, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, meet Saturday in the Absa Cup final. The sides face each other in a cup championship for the first time in 18 years. Despite the controversial location in the Kings Park rugby stadium here, 43,000 tickets were gone within minutes of going on sale. […]

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