SOURCE: The Atlantic
The Qatar World Cup is History
by Laurent Dubois
The World Cup, more than any previous version, symbolizes the contradictions of the joy of play being entangled with nationalism, global capitalism, and repressive theocratic autocracy.
SOURCE: New York Times
Is Messi the Avatar of a Post-Macho Argentina?
by Brenda Elsey
Lionel Messi's tenure at the top of the soccer world has coincided with an upsurge of feminism in Argentina and its sports culture, changes Messi has quietly supported.
SOURCE: History Club (Substack)
Qatar's World Cup Echoes Brutal American Labor History
by Jason Steinhauer
Exposés of the brutal conditions faced by migrant laborers who built Qatar's World Cup facilities echoes the history of American public works, where workers' bodies and lives were subordinated to budgets and timetables.
SOURCE: New York Times
Despite Defeat, Iran's Footballers Won
by Golnar Nikpour
Iranian players' show of solidarity with protesters facing government repression has been more important than the results on the pitch.
Qatar Isn't The First Regime to Polish its Image With a World Cup
Despite "disappearing" 30,000 political opponents, FIFA allowed Argentina's military dicatorship to host the 1978 World Cup.
In Volgograd, It’s Stalin Who Lurks on the Sideline
The World Cup will depart Volgograd on Thursday after a final first-round game in this city along the Volga River. What will remain are all the echoes of the past.
Eduardo Galeano, The World Cup and the Corporatization of Soccer
by Eduardo Galeano
"These days, soccer fanaticism has come to occupy the place formerly reserved for religious fervor, patriotic ardor, and political passion."
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