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…

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…

Is Vitaliy Mutko the greediest man in football?

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football THERE’S GREED, and then there’s Vitaliy Mutko. When the Russian Duma’s Audit Chamber completed a review of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver,…

From AC Milan to political maestro: the story of Kakha Kaladze

Social media has become something of a breeding ground for letting the average supporter know what former football greats (and not-so-greats) are currently up to. However, somewhere mixed in with the postmen,…

How Yemen lost its way through football and politics mixing

“The state of the sport in general, my dear brother, has deteriorated since the 1990s because politics got mixed in with it,” states Mukhtar Mohammed, a sports journalist for Yemen’s Al Ayam. “Everything…

From hero to villain: the Gejus van der Meulen story

FROM HERO TO VILLAIN: it is a line written by countless sports journalists hundreds of times throughout a season. It is a heading so common that it has in many ways lost all…

The relationship between Mussolini and calcio

For something that is essentially an expendable pastime, football can wield an extraordinary amount of influence. The temporary truce between supporters of fierce rivals Zamalek and Al Ahly helped to overthrow Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak…

Pablo Escobar and the narco-fútbol years

In 1989, Pablo Escobar was ranked seventh by Forbes Magazine on the World’s Billionaires List. A man with immense power, wealth and a notoriously violent streak, Escobar ran the Medellín drug cartel in…