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‘Context is everything’ explains Trevor Noah after ‘France is African’ World Cup statement upsets French ambassador

Trevor Noah’s response to France’s ambassador is a lesson in context. The French national team can be both French and African. 

Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic wins the World Cup and shows the power of football diplomacy

The appearances by the Croatian president during the tournament had media across the world frantically looking up her Wikipedia page to discover photos of her wearing a bikini and learning she was formerly Croatia’s Minister for European Affairs, Minister for Foreign Affairs,  Ambassador to the United States, and Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy at NATO.

How a soccer pitch in Los Angeles helped rebuild a community ravaged by riots

“What we are trying to do is build more than a soccer field. We are trying to build a community.”

Donald Trump tweeted about the 2026 World Cup bid and it is as helpful as you would expect

France has announced its support of Morocco’s bid for 2026. France is NOT voting for the United States-led bid.

Inside the Qatar labor camps with The Workers Cup, a film with an alternative World Cup dream

The Workers Cup follows construction workers inside a Qatari labor camp described as a prison that holds up to 4000 men.  

Why the FBI investigation into FIFA corruption resembles the Mueller Trump-Russia probe

From then on his company was endemically corrupt. Every major deal required bribes to Leoz, Teixeira and other football bosses, including Julio Grondona, president of the Argentina FA from 1979.

Chuck Blazer is Dead

Blazer’s cooperation with U.S. law enforcement helped investigators expose the deep well of corruption within CONCACAF – the confederation of which he was General Secretary for  21 years.