The Tragedy of Mesut Özil

Image Credit: Ronnie Macdonald (CC BY 2.0) Recently, Mesut Özil announced his retirement from international football at the relatively young age of 29, citing racism as the reason for his decision. I think I can safely say that his decision to quit caught a lot of the football community by surprise. Sure, we thought, there […]

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CONIFA: a score for the sidelined

In June this year, the world’s biggest football tournament will take place in Russia. Fans from all over the world will descend on the country to watch some of the stars of the game play against each other. There promises to be some scintillating match-ups, from Spain playing Portugal to Belgium challenging England. Yet this […]

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Is Rugby’s Future All Black?

New Zealand received the fairy tale ending for some of their truly legendary stars of the game, as they became the first country to defend their World Cup title in 28 years of the competition’s history and the most successful team in the tournament’s history. However, the victory on Saturday marked the end of an […]

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The 7 heroes of the World Cup

So that’s it. We’ve had 4 weeks of football, 171 goals, the holders unceremoniously dumped out in the group stage, England exiting without a win, the hosts capturing the imagination, the USA finally embracing the beautiful game, the big stars performing, new stars being made, underdogs barking, favourites falling, Brazil defeated, Messi thwarted and in […]

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“A dream that became a reality” – Costa Rica’s team of heroes and the pride of a nation

To paraphrase Bertolt Brecht, blessed is the country that is not in need of heroes. Costa Rica is such a country. Without an army since 1948, this small Central American nation is an oasis of calm and a haven of transparent democracy and rule of law in a violent and tumultuous region. Where other nations’ national anthems speak […]

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