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A World Cup without immigrants? Here’s what the teams would look like without them

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Denmark’s team, including the Ugandan-born Pione Sisto, poses before a friendly match with Sweden. Stockholm, Sweden. June 2, 2018. | Reuters

(teleSur) – Football is played everywhere by everyone.

People migrate for different reasons. Some leave their country of origin due to economic conditions, others flee violence, and some get contracts with football clubs. Finding a European team without immigrants is difficult and these players, often some of the world’s best, often leave their countries of origin at an early age in the hope of securing better opportunities, which tell us something about how the world actually works. Continue reading

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How English football is selling out its fans

In a country with food banks and hospital closures, it’s getting harder to tolerate football’s excesses | MARK TURLEY

Born from the sweat of the industrial working class, among its many nicknames association football has long been known as ‘the people’s game’. The phrase conjures up quaint images; jumpers for goalposts, local pride and vast stands full of flat caps. Since the Victorians codified it, our national love of the sport has become perhaps our most binding cultural myth. Continue reading

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North and South Korea prepare for joint basketball games

DOZENS of South Korean basketball players arrived in North Korea’s capital today for a series of games the two Koreas hope will foster a spirit of detente generated by the recent North-South summit meetings. Continue reading

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When the poor sponsor the rich: Rwanda and Arsenal FC

Filip Reyntjens* tells how one of the world’s poorest countries came to sponsor one of the Britain’s richest soccer teams

Arsenal FC’s new sponsor is Rwanda. Twitter/@Arsenal

Rwanda keeps surprising. Recently the Rwandan Development Board signed a sleeve sponsoring deal with London Premier League club, Arsenal. Over a three-year period, the 200 sq centimetre ad “Visit Rwanda” will cost the country USD$39 million. Continue reading

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England’s ‘redemption.’ But who is singing?

The virtuous English are the greatest divers and fifth-rate thespians. In the World Cup game today against Colombia, the American referee Mark Geiger flashed yellow when an English player dived during a penalty kick; the band in the stands unashamedly tried to play “Rule Britannia” and “God Save the Queen” (in Russia!) – but who was singing? England threw its match in the opening round against Belgium allegedly “to rest players” and avoid meeting Brazil later in the knock-out stage; even then the “rested” players began to expire against Colombia around the 80th minute – but who was singing? The English advance after 120+ minutes in a shoot out due to two feet (Uribe and Bacca’s) not their own – but who is singing? The BBC, invoking divine delusions, calls it all “redemption” for English defeat upon defeat at the World Cups.

Colombia conceded 23 fouls in Tuesday’s tense clash, compared to England’s thirteen. The Latin American squad was shown six out of the eight yellow cards. Geiger also awarded England a spot kick | © REUTERS / Christian Hartmann

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SAFA President: Too many foreigners in African World Cup teams

  • Africa was the worst-performing continent with all five representatives exiting at the group stages.

    Africa was the worst-performing continent with all five representatives exiting at the group stages | Reuters

“We need to revisit the issue of awarding citizenship… Morocco had four Spanish-born players… four of Dutch heritage and five who were born in France.”

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World Cup 2018: In defence of the little guys. They indeed belong.

“I rise in defence of Panama, and the other not-so-mighty teams officially exiting the tournament. . . From my seat, Panama won the World Cup” | Essay by Randal C. Archibold in the New York Times  Continue reading

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