Tag Archives: World Cup

‘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.

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.

The Saudi scandal has nothing to do with Islam or ‘culture’: it’s simply a snub

Let’s separate religion from culture and acknowledge there is nothing in the Qu’ran nor any subsequent hadith that says it is forbidden for professional footballers to stand on a football field

Will the Qatar 2022 World Cup be killed by Saudi Arabia, UAE, & Bahrain?

The five nation “army” that has cut diplomatic ties with Qatar has become a very real threat to 2022 FIFA World Cup. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen—have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, cut off all travel to and from the country, and ordered their citizens to leave the country.

China Must Bid For The World Cup (oh, and the U.S., too), says challenger to Blatter

A future FIFA must boost the sport in ‘developing’ nations with huge populations previously ‘neglected’ by the world governing body. Specifically: India, China, Indonesia, and the United States…

If You Read One Story About Luis Suarez and Football In Uruguay Make Sure It Is This One

An investigative reporter broke the news about Spillman threatening Larranaga. Less than a month later, a hit man shot the reporter at the door of his house. The hit man had been paid $500. The assassination failed, and Nelson Spillman and his brother, Daniel, who reportedly drove the getaway car, went to jail for the botched hit.