Tag: "Colombia"

Out of thin air | Where llamas and footballers prosper, FIFA fears to tread

La Paz, Bolivia, Jun 15 | On May 27, FIFA’s executive committee announced the ban on competitive international matches 2,500m above sea level. For once united internally and with their Andean neighbors, Bolivia—the country most severely affected—is organizing. A manifesto sponsored by several Bolivian newspapers concludes, “Bolivians are a poor people, we play football with humility, but we are dignified and we have a national character such that we will defend our rights when we are not at fault.”

Authors | Small-town football and the prize for fiction

Aracataca, Colombia | Literary ambitions of a local football team have outpaced those of this coastal town, home to Nobel Prize–winning author Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez. In March, a referendum will decide whether the name of the town changes to Aracataca-Macondo, appending the name of the fictional hamlet from One Hundred Years of Solitude. But lower-division […]

Women’s football | In Colombia, fútbol for peace, but what about gender equity?

Anthropologist Beatriz Vélez on the intensely masculine world of Colombian fútbol and how it provokes “much suffering for women who play football.”

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