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Qatar, a Sponsor in Mega-Event El Clásico Soccer Match, Is Hit With Rights Abuse Charges (Update)

In the same week that the contest was played, Amnesty International blasted Qatar, a sponsor of one of the teams in the big event, saying that migrant workers have endured major human rights violations while building stadiums in that nation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter Faces Criminal Investigation in Switzerland

The president of the international soccer governing body is being investigated for “suspicion of criminal mismanagement and suspicion of misappropriation” of funds, Switzerland’s office of the attorney general announced Friday. The criminal case against him is another key development in a series of investigations that began in May with the arrest of 14 top soccer and marketing officials as they gathered for FIFA’s annual congress.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE


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FIFA Gets a Red Card

We’re used to seeing soccer players fling themselves to the ground, writhe in feigned agony and complain bitterly about the injustice of it all. Now the international overlords of the game are beginning to do the same.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



FIFA: No End to the Corruption

Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner: “Not even death will stop the avalanche that is coming,” he said. “The die is cast. There can be no turning back. Let the chips fall where they fall.”

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FIFA After Blatter’s departure









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Abdication of Blatter









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VIDEO: John Oliver Comes Down Hard on FIFA Again—and It’s Glorious

Although HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host delivered a scathing critique of the soccer organization last year, he decided to give it another shot Sunday after last week’s arrest of several FIFA officials. 

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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FIFA Officials Indicted on 47 Counts of Corruption Dating Back to 1991

The case the U.S. Department of Justice is bringing against nine FIFA officials and five sports business executives “spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks,” said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE



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Lionel Messi: The Impossible Athlete

Lionel Messi is, without a doubt, one of the best footballers who has ever lived. According to Nate Silver’s blog, his abilities are unprecedented.

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Tech Workers Try to Take a Playground From Community Kids and Lose

When a group of tech workers from Dropbox tried to evict a group of youngsters from a community soccer field in San Francisco’s Mission district, they probably weren’t expecting to trigger a mini Occupy movement.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Poles Stage Apple-Eating Social Media Campaign to ‘Annoy Putin’

Did you know that Poland is basically apple central? Yes, the Eastern European nation happens to be the largest exporter of apples the world over. And its people are not about to sit idly by while Vladimir Putin blocks their fruity bounty from entering Russia.

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Iran Insider on the Mistakes of the Past and the Prospect of Peace

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iran’s former ambassador to Germany is optimistic about relations with the U.S., the Supreme Court’s digital decisions, Thomas Frank checks Hillary Clinton’s memory, and more World Cup controversy.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Iran Insider on the Mistakes of the Past and the Prospect of Peace

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iran’s former ambassador to Germany is optimistic about relations with the U.S., the Supreme Court’s digital decisions, Thomas Frank checks Hillary Clinton’s memory, and more World Cup controversy.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE



Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup

Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup?

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The People’s Game Part One: When Soccer Conquered the World

The first in a three-part series examines the history of international soccer as it informs the World Cup, which begins Thursday.

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The World Cup and the Corporatization of Soccer

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.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE


Google Highlights the Age of the Gay Athlete

LGBT athletes are breaking barriers in so many sports it’s hard to keep track. Google and YouTube are sharing in the pride of gay and lesbian athletes with a new video that has been living in that extremely rare ad spot on the Google home page.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Soccer Sportsmanship









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Why I Won’t Go to the World Cup

As Brazilians erupted in protest last week, filmmaker Carla Dauden posted a short video Monday explaining that preparations for the 2014 World Cup were draining her country of money that should be spent on the well-being of its people.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Cairo Burning: The Great Soccer Riots of 2013 and the Revolution

A new round of violence was sparked by an appeals court ruling on soccer violence from a year ago, but was wrought up with post-revolutionary passions and divisions in Egypt

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Mexican Olympic Soccer Victory









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Eastern Europe’s Coming-Out Party

Ukraine and Poland had to overcome great prejudice and skepticism to pull off the Euro 2012 soccer tournament.

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Dispatches From Cairo: Game of Death

Oh, Egypt. Oh, Arab Spring. Another tailspin into the worst of expectations and reactions leaves us in a gray confusion of deception and distrust. Now, there is gore on stadium seats.

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Racism Worries Surround 2018 Cup

News that the 2018 World Cup will be played in Russia is stirring some alarm, as a rise in neo-Nazi activity and racist killings in the country have led many soccer fans of color to wonder aloud if Russia is an appropriate place to host the international tournament.

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Soccer Star Boots the Banks

While European economies stutter and protests in a number of European countries continue to go unanswered, it’s almost hilarious that we may turn to 1990s soccer sensation Eric Cantona for help. A Cantona interview has become a YouTube sensation, launching an online political movement based on non-participation within capitalism.

Posted on Nov 21, 2010 READ MORE


Paul the Octopus Is Dead









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FIFA Drops Probe Into N. Korea’s Alleged Abuse of Team

FIFA announced Wednesday it has closed its inquiry into widespread reports that North Korea punished its soccer team and coach after their poor showing at the World Cup. (continued)

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AP / David Vincent

N. Korea Deserves a Hard Kick for Abusing Its Soccer Team (Update)

The sport’s international governing body is looking into reports that the defeated players were exhibited in Pyongyang as targets of condemnation. Kim Jong Il must be confronted in this case.

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Spain Wins the World Cup

For the first time in the country’s history, Spain has won soccer’s coveted World Cup, defeating the Netherlands’ national team on Sunday in a tense match that ended after a late goal in extra time.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE


Germans Threaten to Eat Their Psychic Octopus

Have you heard of Paul, the German octopus of British extraction who has a perfect 6-0 record in predicting World Cup matches? Well, he chose Spain to win and, for his betrayal of the fatherland, some Germans are demanding he be turned into paella—or worse.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


The World and the Soccer









Posted on Jun 22, 2010 ENLARGE



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Rooting Against Team USA

Harper’s Ken Silverstein explains “why I hate Landon Donovan” in this feel-good post. “Tragically,” Silverstein concludes, “it appears the U.S. soccer team will likely continue to plague the Cup with its God-awful soccer.” Guess not everyone’s on the bandwagon.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Soccer Is Sooo Gay

It’s about time that soccer came out of the closet, and the Onion’s shrewd satirical sports reporters are on that case like a horde of sweaty, brawny footie players on a polka-dotted ball. You doubt this timely news bulletin? Well then, two words for you: World Cup.

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Soccer: The Year of Africa









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The Costs of a World Cup

The World Cup is coming and South Africa has overhauled its athletic infrastructure in preparation. But while only four games will be played in the city of Nelspruit, the government has spent $137 million on a new stadium there while many of its denizens live without electricity.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


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