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The World Cup and FIFA’s discontents

Tweet(This is the first in a series of posts this week about the World Cup, which kicks off June 12 in Brazil.) FIFA, the international soccer governing body, is no stranger to facing serious allegations of corruption over bids, match-fixing and disorganization related to the World Cup. But with a week and a half before […]

Champagne on hold amid growing Brazilian protests

TweetTo illustrate how tone-deaf FIFA has truly become in the wake of general mass protests in Brazil, consider this: The unveiling of a special label by Taittinger, the official bubbly provider of next summer’s World Cup, and of the just-completed Confederations Cup, took place as scheduled late last week. While The Guardian noted that “it […]

Why FIFA should let the Iranian women play

TweetYou don’t have to get all worked up like David Zirin does (and this he does about most anything related to culture and sports) to see how FIFA is missing a magnificent opportunity to be a global agent for positive change. For a change. The international soccer governing body’s tumultuous summer took another regrettable turn […]

LPGA at a crossroads; German soccer’s renewal; FIFA follies

TweetWhat I’m reading about sports and the media on Monday, July 5: • The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review examines the travails of the LPGA as the U.S. Women’s Open gets underway at Oakmont Country Club. The recession and the lack of high-profile American stars to succeed the retired Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa have given new commissioner […]

What I’m reading and writing, June 18

TweetI’m absolutely exhausted from watching both the U.S. and England matches at the World Cup today. Unbelievable drama, emotion, anxiety and suspense is gripping casual American soccer fans flabbergasted by the lack of transparency from FIFA in explaining a controversial decision to wave off what would have been the winning goal from Maurice Edu of […]