What FIFA’s leadership still fails to realise is banning Russia does not introduce politics into sports – it removes the stench of it.
For the millions celebrating on the Champs-Elysées last month, Frenchness was not just an idea, it was an intense shared experience. But what happens to that identity when the celebrations end?
It is important to understand that African diaspora constitute complex and multiplicitous identities.
What does the sale of the ‘home of football’ have to do with grassroots development?
New! Mega sports events wash your government’s tarnished reputation whiter-than-white.
Although Senegal’s overall World Cup result was disappointing, the team showed that they have a great deal to build on for future campaigns.
Most big bureaucratic organisations are subject to oversight from civil society, but not FIFA.
It’s time Africa’s top administrators tried to find out why top African players are choosing to represent European countries, so that they can work to rectify the situation.
It seems likely that football will remain a pawn in an intensifying proxy war.
Fans have shown they’re willing to watch major sporting events on devices other than traditional TVs, but the technology is letting them down.
Most Western leaders have little faith the Russian president will pursue better relations after the final football whistle has blown.
Pussy Riot were the exception – most opposition activists decided protest would be counter-productive during the tournament.
Croatia lost to France but has won unprecedented public exposure.
The best team to lift the trophy was Brazil’s star-studded 1970 team.
Fans are shifting their consumption of the World Cup online.
The French set up FIFA and the World Cup.
For players in this World Cup’s England squad, even getting picked to play is at the end of a very long road.
Vocal deception may have played a key role in our progression from primitive nonverbal noises to complex, controlled speech.
When France won the world cup in 1998, the team was celebrated for its multiculturalism. What has happened since?
Some estimates say the World Cup will bring a £1.6 billion boost to the UK economy. Do they stack up?