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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.

Taking a turn ‘in the woods,’ confronting the goalkeeper’s choice

Taking a turn ‘in the woods,’ confronting the goalkeeper’s choice

Goalkeepers—as 20th-century existentialists knew—provide football’s paradigm for action in the face of uncertainty.

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.

Notes from Babel: ‘To win a World Cup you must be at your most virtuous’

Notes from Babel: ‘To win a World Cup you must be at your most virtuous’

In football, does Man the Player reject Man the Maker by having devised a game played with the feet? So asks sportsBabel’s Sean Smith before the World Cup.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Cinema | A soccer player's escape from Argentina ... into philosophy

Cinema | A soccer player’s escape from Argentina … into philosophy

Claudio Tamburrini—philosophy professor and former goalkeeper—speaks about his Mar 1978 decision to “opt for life” and escape an Argentine prison. With podcast »

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