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The Human Rights Violations Cup

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On October 17, 2022
One thing I love about the World Cup is that it gives a certain set of liberals who love to shout SPORTSBALL most of the time an excuse to root for the United States in sports every four years while promoting the most corrupt sport on the planet in a game where racist fans throughout […]

Maradona

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On November 25, 2020

Let’s just say that Maradona never did seem like a guy who was going to live to see 90. But he surely was one of the greatest players who ever played the world’s most popular game.

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#WorldCupSyllabus

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On July 9, 2018
I have been unusually transfixed by this year’s World Cup, where histories of European identity and empire are so clearly on display. [updated 15 July] We’re headed into the last week, and the final four teams are all European–all NATO members, actually, and even all EU members (though England may not be for long). France, […]
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The Modern Mandela

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On December 28, 2015
Above: Ousted FIFA president Sepp Blatter Sepp Blatter is a man who works strictly in subtlety. But for Blatter, a man who makes Donald Trump seem modest and reticent, this is a moment to preen. Holding a rambling one-hour press conference at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters without any pretense of self-awareness, Blatter compared himself and his […]
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FIFA Labor Standards

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On June 6, 2015
Minky Worden argues at Human Rights Watch that while corruption is a major issue, the new FIFA director needs to prioritize worker safety in building World Cup facilities. FIFA’s (non-corruption) problems are legion. Migrant workers shouldn’t toil in deadly heat to construct monumental stadiums: no sports fan wants to watch from seats that workers died […]

World Cup Labor

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On November 8, 2014

That Qatar World Cup is really setting a new standard for labor rights: Thousands of migrant labourers from North Korea are toiling for years on construction sites in Qatar for virtually no pay – in

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