(June 8) – In the summer of 1978, at the height of Argentina’s brutal right-wing dictatorship, the 11th FIFA World Cup took place amidst an outcry over granting legitimacy to a state that is now known to have been responsible for the disappearances of around 30,000 people. Continue reading →
Neither side has issued an official announcement yet, but the game is largely expected to be cancelled |Uzi Dann and Noa Landau in Haaretz
Argentina’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during the international friendly soccer match | Ivan Sekretarev/AP
(June 6) – Argentina’s planned soccer exhibition against Israel’s national team slated for Saturday at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium is in danger of being canceled, Argentine media reported. Local reports claim Palestinian pressure is the impetus for the game’s expected cancellation. Continue reading →
THE Brazil World Cup 2014 is over. After 63 matches and 31 days of competition, the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup ended with Germany’s 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday July 13. It was a great final match of the tournament. Overall, we were very happy with how competitive and close a game it was.
Germany won the World Cup for the fourth time in Brazil, 2014.
If one is to believe the monopoly sports media, the people of Argentina and Brazil are at each other’s throats. Is this the reality? Brazilians call Argentines “hermanos” (brothers), they have an intense football rivalry, and their leading athletes are promoting respect and solidarity.
Neymar and Messi with their kids at Barcelona
AFP (July 12) – Tearful Brazil star Neymar says he is prepared to set aside the historical rivalry between South America’s two footballing heavyweights as he wants four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi to win the World Cup when Argentina meets Germany in tomorrow’s final. Continue reading →
I was astonished to read a cheap, personal attack defaming Diego Maradona by Cathal Kelly in the Toronto Globe and Mail as part of its World Cup 2014 coverage. Creating a fake comparison with Pele, this scribbler from the north wrote “The second greatest player in history has been a shrunken presence at this World Cup…” He went on to attack how “Maradona used the platform of his TV talk show [on the Venezuelan-based TV network Telesur] to compare Suarez’s four-month ban to ‘throwing him into Guantanamo’ and “coaxed the president of Uruguay into agreeing that FIFA was aligned against his country.” A few days ago I came across the following report of a June 23rd message from Fidel Castro to Diego Maradona, also reported in The Independent and the Guardian. Kelly’s report was dated June 27, 2014. Coincidence? Hidden political agenda? Judge for yourself. – Tony SeedContinue reading →