Monthly Archives: June 2014

Sighting: Ethics of the World Cup – Enyeama-Messi or Suarez-Chiellini?

Photo of the day: Vincent Enyeama, Nigeria’s No 1 goalie, was all smiles as he pumped fists with Argentine talisman, Lionel Messi, in the tunnel before the world cup game  between Nigeria and Argentina; with the Albiceleste running out 3-2 winners.

Photo of the day: Vincent Enyeama, Nigeria’s No 1 goalie, was all smiles as he pumped fists with Argentine talisman, Lionel Messi, in the tunnel before the world cup game between Nigeria and Argentina; with the Albiceleste running out 3-2 winners.

2014 FIFA World CupYesterday, as the Nigerian and Argentinian teams at the World Cup waited together momentarily in the tunnel before emerging onto the field for the second half, the Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama reached out to Lionel Messi and patted him on the back.

Nigeria had stood on the brink of being the first, and only, team from Africa to qualify for the round of 16. The Super Eagles, the reigning African champions, required just a point from their match with Argentina to secure qualification. But one man, Messi, had stood in their way.

Despite facing one of the top players of all-time, Nigeria keeper and vice-captain Vincent Enyeama had not been worried, as a press report published the day before the match related. Continue reading

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Legendary Cuban volleyball coach passes away

Eugenio George Laffita – considered to be the best women’s team coach of the 20th century by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB)

Eugenio George with the fantastic Morenas del Caribe.

Eugenio George Laffita, prize-winning coach who for years trained Cuba’s women’s volleyball teams, winners of three Olympic and two World Championship gold medals, died May 31, at 81 years of age, of cancer.
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Cuba denounces denial of athlete visas for World Youth Games

 (June 19) – The Cuban Athletics Federation has denounced the refusal of U.S. visas to four members of the Caribbean delegation to attend the World Youth Championships, to be held in Eugene, Oregon, in the USA. Continue reading

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Remember Halifax’s $1billion Commonwealth Games bid?

Contrarian reader John Stone does:

Soccer CorporatizationA few years back, a shadowy group of Halifax fat cats called The Bid Society, lead by Fred MacGillivray, tried to coerce three levels of government into supporting a $1 billion bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Continue reading

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‘The world turns around a spinning ball’

Choreographed war and other aspects of the world’s greatest game

“Some people think that football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”

“Some people think that football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.” – Bill Shankley, legendary Liverpool manager

By Eduardo Galeano*

[The following passages are excerpted at TomDispatch from Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow (Nation Books, Open Road Mediaebooks).]

The Stadium

Have you ever entered an empty stadium? Try it. Stand in the middle of the field and listen. There is nothing less empty than an empty stadium. There is nothing less mute than stands bereft of spectators. Continue reading

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Cuba and World Cup fever

By Ronal Quiñones

HAVANA TIMES (June 18) — There are practically no Cubans alive today who once directly enjoyed the one time Cuba has participated in a world soccer championship (in 1938, France), but the island still experiences strong passions during the World Soccer Cup. Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Denying rumours with actual facts

Sao Paulo, May 15, 2014. News agencies report that the government is negotiating with those organizations protesting the World Cup regarding their grievances to minimize the disruption to the sporting event. Investigations are also underway regarding police violence against protestors, Vermelho reports. (Xinhua)

2014 FIFA World CupOver the last months, the Dilma Rousseff administration and the Workers’ Party (PT) have been the target of a massive campaign in the media and the social networks against the hosting of the World Cup. Criticisms can always improve any given project, yet what we are witnessing in Brazil, now with international repercussions, is a pessimism and disinformation campaign led by the opposition, with critical support from the big media, in an attempt to undermine the government. This campaign makes use of fair claims made by the population for improvement in public services for the purpose of promoting a rhetoric hinged on the inefficiency of the State and public spending. It also seeks to separate the holding of the Cup from the federal government, simultaneously criticizing it yet mobilizing pro-Cup feelings to boost big business profits. Our international friends in sectors of the left have shown concern over news of the potential passage of legislation that would favor crackdowns on protests and social movements, in light of the 2013 demonstrations. Given this major disinformation campaign, we would like to share some facts with our friendly foreign parties.

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