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Argentina fans celebrating their team’s World Cup victory walk past a mural of Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires. While shared nationality is a factor, most fans typically think about players in terms of their club team. (AP Photo/Mario De Fina)

A study of close to half a million soccer fans shows how group identity shapes behaviour

Studying how shared identities like nationality and club affiliation impact fan support for soccer players can tell us how our group memberships affect our behaviour.
Manchester City’s Erling Haaland (l) and Chelsea’s Kalidou Koulibaly challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match in London, January 5 2023. AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Fantasy football can negatively affect your wellbeing, but research shows it doesn’t have to

Participating in fantasy sports should be a fun hobby, and for the most part, it is. But when your virtual soccer team takes over your life, it might be time to reassess.
Des supporters brésiliens pendant la Coupe du monde de la FIFA 2010 organisée par l'Afrique du Sud. Le coup de pouce au tourisme est venu plus tard.

L'organisation du Mondial de football apporte des avantages mais pas autant que les politiciens le prétendent

L'époque où l'on accueillait des méga-événements sportifs parce qu'ils augmentaient le tourisme est peut-être révolue.
Damar Hamlin, #3, collapsed on the field after making a tackle during a game on January 2, 2023. Dylan Buell via Getty Images

Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest during ‘Monday Night Football’ could be commotio cordis or a more common condition – a heart doctor answers 4 questions

Disruptions to the electrical signals that control a person’s heartbeat are dangerous, no matter the cause. A heart doctor explains the biology of cardiac arrest and what might have happened on the field.
Argentina’s football players celebrate with the World Cup trophy after winning the final match with France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Looking back on the 2022 FIFA World Cup: A tournament of surprises and controversy

During the 2022 FIFA World Cup, many highlighted the controversial and politicized climate of the tournament, but sport and politics are rarely, if ever, separable.
Youssef En-Nesyri (c) celebrates after scoring Morocco’s first goal against Portugal during quarterfinal match on December 10 2022. AP Photo/Martin Meissner

Morocco are the first-ever African semifinalists of the World Cup. Here’s what geographical data tell us about this result

Football is one of the hardest sports to predict – but there are some fascinating geographical clues when we look at the latitudes of past performers and their ultimate success.
France’s goalkeeper #01 Hugo Lloris (C) jumps for the ball during the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final football match between England and France at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha, on December 10, 2022. Jewel Samad/AFP

World Cup 2022: crunching 150 years of big data to predict the winner

After Brazil’s exit, who might be on course to win in 2022? Experts crunch 150 years of big data to predict the winner.

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