Tag: "Simon Kuper"

We brake for commercials | Soccer spectacle fits seamlessly in America’s land of make-believe

Multibillionaire Philip Anschutz, owner of three Major League Soccer teams, has seized on football as a consumable, offering it to the American public in packaged, market-tested form devoid of any native countercultural quality.

Such practice is in keeping with what Umberto Eco and isolated voices from the past, such as Britain’s suffragettes, have noticed about male spectator sport: that it is a cultural neurosis “for which there is neither a reasonable explanation nor an effective cure.”

He’s in the pink | Interview with Simon Kuper

Interview with Simon Kuper from Jan 05.

In the end, they opted for Christmas Orange

Kiev, Ukraine, Dec 28 | Football has been part of the upheavals contested in an election following the “Orange Revolution” of Nov 04.