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PUTO: HOMOPHOBIA IN THE BLEACHERS AND AT HOME
Jorge Zárate
Puto: Homophobia in the Bleachers and at Home

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Perhaps the only thing people will remember about the Brazil 2014 World Cup is the host country’s colossal demise against Germany. Here in Mexico there are two other things we won’t be able to forget. The first: Arjen Robben’s theatrics and the controversial penalty, which shouldn’t have been awarded, that destroyed […]

IMPRESSIONS: CELEBRATING VICTORY
Tessa Ayson
Impressions: Celebrating Victory

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany — On Sun. July 13, I found myself preparing for an onslaught of extreme emotion. The occasion was an outdoor viewing of Germany’s match against Argentina in the Brazil 2014 World Cup final and the cause of the emotion was my location: the campus of the Technical University of Munich. Germany was gearing […]

THE TROUBLED ROAD TO RUSSIA 2018
Joey Bui
The Troubled Road to Russia 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. — As the Brazil 2014 World Cup draws to a close, some have already begun to challenge Russia’s right to host the World Cup in 2018. Spearheaded by Ukraine and its allies, the campaign criticizes Russia as an unfit host nation because of its annexation of Crimea earlier this year and related […]

ENGLAND LOOKS FORWARD AFTER EARLY EXIT FROM WORLD CUP
Alexander Peel
England Looks Forward After Early Exit from World Cup

NEW YORK, U.S.A. — Given that the English Premier League has the highest revenue of any football league in the in the world — 3.9 billion U.S. dollars from 2013 to 14, compared to Germany’s Bundeslinga with 2.7 billion and La Liga’s 2.5 billion U.S. dollars — England was expected to be a fierce competitor in […]

United by Football, Divided by Politics

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany — Every four years the World Cup takes the world by storm, setting new TV viewing records worldwide. This year’s early stage Brazil-Croatia match reached an audience of 47.4 million in Brazil alone. Largely due to statistics such as these, football is touted as the world’s most popular sport, capable of defying language and […]

ACCUSATIONS OF BRIBERY HAUNT QATAR’S WINNING BID FOR 2022 WORLD CUP
Mitali Banerji
Accusations of Bribery Haunt Qatar’s Winning Bid for 2022 World Cup

MUMBAI, India — In 2022, Qatar will be the first Arab nation to host the FIFA World Cup. The country beat eight other bidding nations — including the United States, Australia and Japan — to secure the rights to host said tournament. Qatar placed its bid with aims of bridging the gap between the Arab world […]

Sama students keep up with the Cup

CAIRO, Egypt — Starting on June 12, the masses gravitated towards the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup with the joy, excitement and frustration that surround an international sport event of this magnitude. NYU Abu Dhabi was no stranger to the tournament and, in spite of summer coursework and ongoing internships, the World Cup lit Sama Tower late […]

THE FUTURE OF SOCCER IN THE US
Peter Dicce
The Future of Soccer in the US

PHILADELPHIA, U.S.A. — In May 1989, as I sat in the sparsely filled stands at a local college in Southern California, I pondered the future of football, or soccer in the United States, while watching my national team play Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup qualifier. The match took place during the dark ages of […]

IMPRESSIONS: RELIGION FUTEBOL
Rend Beiruti
Impressions: Religion Futebol

COPACABANA, Brazil — On June 12, jubilantly donning green and yellow, a group of 20 tourists marched down from their rented apartments on the hills of Favela da Rocinha, the largest favela, or slum, in South America, to the bus station. But we were not the only ones. Brazil was swimming in an ocean of […]

IMPRESSIONS: THIS IS WHAT WINNERS LOOK LIKE
Caroline Gobena
Impressions: This Is What Winners Look Like

VIENNA, Austria — After 24 years, Die Mannschaft has finally done it. Now four-time World Cup champions, the German national team has managed to put a smile on even Jogi Löw’s face. But there is always a lot more to a win of this immense scale, particularly in the context of Germany today. Before I […]

HOW DO WE BOYCOTT THE WORLD CUP
Muhammad Usman
How Do We Boycott the World Cup

LAHORE, Pakistan — The World Cup is the grandest spectacle on the planet. While figures of how many people actually watch the event are contested, they certainly are massive. This popularity translates to advertising revenue, merchandise sales, TV royalties and much more. Ultimately, FIFA earns millions of dollars through the World Cup, which accounts for […]

IMPRESSIONS: RUNNERS UP STILL WINNERS FOR THEIR FANS
Norina Miszori
Impressions: Runners up still winners for their fans

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – When Mario Götze scored the winning goal in the final of the Brazil 2014 World Cup, there was just silence. No one shouted, cursed or moved. What can you do when your national team, after 24 years, finally makes it to the final round of the World Cup and loses? I am neither […]

WHAT EDUCATION TAUGHT ME ABOUT FOOTBALL
Issa Nasr
What Education Taught Me About Football

SYDNEY, Australia — A good soccer team is pretty easy to define. It’s a group of players with good skills, tactics and luck on their side. When trying to define the Brazilian soccer team, however, I am afraid the words good or bad are too weak. When one limits soccer merely to the rules set […]