Race is embedded into the way many Italians look at themselves. The Italian nation is thought to be constituted first and foremost by white Catholics.
The nervous Egyptian state hopes that fan-instigated stadium riots will not occur during the Afcon, following a clampdown on some fans.
High-profile cases of corruption, ticket touting and match fixing have led Italians to lose faith in the beautiful game.
The science of why people prefer to watch games with teams that are close in ability levels rather than a game where one team is far better than the other.
It can be difficult, emotional and expensive following a football team. A sports sociologist explains why it's worth it.
It's no wonder so many referees are quitting their jobs.
Football is supposed to be the 'people's game', but the English Premier League is easier and cheaper to follow if you are a fan of a club based in London or the prosperous southeast.
A series of attacks by fans on players recently raised the spectre of a return to the bad old days of the 1970s and 1980s.
It can be tough at the top for football managers.
Football plays an important role in American culture. Experts point out some ethical questions you might consider asking this season.
Many Americans seem to like seeing communist ideas in action, but have a visceral reaction to the word ‘communism.’ Might it be time to refresh an old ideology with a new set of terms?
There is still a place in a sport that remains connected to communities.
Every England fan in Moscow knows that that football is 'coming home', but can England really claim to be where the world's most popular sport rests its head?
Some on the left view sport as a distraction. But life is a struggle. And there shouldn't be anything wrong with finding something to celebrate.
Five questions about World Cup fandom, answered by psychology.
Chinese football fans have gone to Russia in huge numbers – to support other nations.
The Russian people need to show the world a different side to the scandal-struck country when the World Cup kicks off.
The Liverpool FC star striker has inspired a generation of young Egyptians.
What happened after Brandin Cooks took a massive blow during Super Bowl LII helps explain why NFL's concussion crisis isn't killing the sport's popularity.
Fan parks will be a key tool at Russia's World Cup next year.