Tag: politics

Tunisia: a team desperate for a nation’s affection

Ché Guevara stares down at you. Eyes stencilled in charcoal, hair dripping wet paint, his lips part to reveal a speech-bubble. “We come from Bab Jedid, the Kasbah and Sangherine,” the message…

The Lob talks to Tariq Panja

Tariq Panja is a leading journalist focusing on the business and politics of football. Author of Football’s Secret Trade – How the Player Transfer Market Was Infiltrated, his work has been featured on…

Bayern Munich, Kurt Landauer and a defiance of the Nazis

Stepping off the U6 line and out from within the Fröttmaning U-Bahn station, a short escalator ride deposits you at a pedestrian bridge. Suspended high above the rusted-out colored train tracks, a…

How Egypt’s Pharaohs arose from the abyss

When Egypt beat Tanzania 2-0 in June to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, it confirmed their first appearance at the tournament after failing to qualify for the last three…

Is Brazilian football rotting from within?

Brazil’s fortunes are fading. Since 2014 the economy of the world’s fifth most populous nation has been faltering, leaving millions unemployed, inflation rates soaring and GDP shrinking at unprecedented rates. This economic…