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2018 World Cup: British über alles – great nation chauvinism

Panama’s Felipe Baloy exploits an English defensive mix-up and slides the ball into the corner for a historic goal.

BY TONY SEED

England humiliated “little Panama” 6-1 on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod. One newspaper (the Herald Sun) called its team a “fraud.” The TV broadcasters and the four members of the TSN “World Cup Panel” – all British, two from Yorkshire – oohed and awed over the superior English performance. The London Guardian unashamedly rejoiced: “Panama hammered by England in World Cup walkover.” The Independent screamed that the great power “can go all the way” and win the World Cup. A Guardian photo spread selectively featured four shots of Panama players “manhandling” and “bear hugging” the innocent and virtuous Englishmen, the so-called inventors of the game. This from a country where UK Sport was forced to conduct in 2017 a “root and branch review” of its policies following reports of a culture of fear in organisations as diverse as British Cycling, British Swimming, British Bobsleigh and British Gymnastics. This hubris and the whole concept of “hammering” and a “rout” by a great power over a small nation completely negates the modern spirit of friendship, respect and appreciation of all peoples and their right to be. It is British über alles of the imperialist era. Continue reading

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Mexico pulling away from the CONCACAF pack

Mexico and Canada are on two separate roads |
Hirving Lozano (left) celebrates his goal against Germany with Jesus Gallardo. Mexico’s stunning 1-0 victory over the defending World Cup champions has sent a ripple through this year’s tournament, but also through the CONCACAF conference.
Hirving Lozano (left) celebrates his goal against Germany with Jesus Gallardo. Mexico’s stunning 1-0 victory over the defending World Cup champions has sent a ripple through this year’s tournament, but also through the CONCACAF conference | MATTHIAS HANGST / GETTY IMAGES

MOSCOW (June 22) —Basking in the glow of the finest achievement in Canadian men’s soccer for, well, far too long, Steve Reed was asked how he planned to celebrate.

The president of Canada Soccer was sitting at the head table in Moscow’s Expocentre on the eve of this FIFA World Cup as the united North American bid team had won the rights to host the 2026 running of the planet’s biggest sporting event. Reed revealed that, in contrast to his United States counterparts, he was going to hang around a while in Russia. Continue reading

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World Cup 2018: Deutschland über alles trumped by Mexico

Mexico defeated defending World Cup champion Germany 1-0 on June 17th, producing the best win of the opening round. Mexico was ranked 15th in the world by FIFA and had never before defeated Germany in an official match. Germany topped the list entering the tournament. Mexico’s counterattacking and pace was first-class and they should have scored more. Continue reading

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