Russian officials will be hoping that excitement about one of the world's biggest sporting events generates some goodwill for the country.
At the height of the Vietnam War, the Holt government agreed it would be a good idea if the national football team took part in a tournament in Vietnam to boost morale.
In a system that's far better at identifying the best payers than finding the best players, the pipeline of talent gets choked out by costly tournament and team fees.
Everyone can stop talking about money for a few months. But expect more records to be set next year.
In 25 years of the Premier League, things have changed, but it's an ongoing battle.
It’s worth defending the principle that the national governing body, not the clubs and not the states, should run football in Australia.
Les Murray helped football transform itself from a predominantly migrant activity in Australia into what he loved to call 'the world game'.
As Senegal mourns the victims of the Demba Diop football stadium crush and searches for answers, it is to be hoped that lessons are learned, and consequences are swift.
European football matches allow African fans to partake in the aspirational dreams exported worldwide by the Premier League or the Champions League.
World soccer is the story of hyper-capitalism. What would fan and revolutionary thinker Frantz Fanon have thought about the state of the sport?
Getting involved in sports-based projects offers young Zambians a sense of community and helps them to build new support systems.
Several initiatives have been launched to foster a sporting culture more conducive to the involvement of women in South Africa, including new laws. But evidence shows much still needs to be done.
Women's soccer had just found its feet in the roaring '20s when state ruling bodies began to force female players from the field.
Everything is in place for a spending spree this January, but some data crunching shows successful spending is elusive.
Recent data on football's homophobia problem met with both optimism and pessimism. What's really going on?
Many talented African footballers follow the exodus to Europe's football leagues. But many are stuck in the lower leagues, without the glory and wealth they dream of.
The beautiful game has never seemed uglier. But it also can bring joy and togetherness, even to the most desperate.
New formats, new nations, a new UEFA president and the legacy of a multi-venue event in four years time -- Euro 2024 could be a very different beast.
The marketing wizardry used by sports multinationals to sell these little round things by the truckload.
Based on goals scored at the 2014 World Cup, goals emerge when teams develop small and rapid passing networks comprising only a few players.