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  • 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. 



  • Eastern Europe Brought Soccer Into the Modern Age. Why is it a Wasteland Now?

    A legacy of innovation spurred by Hungarian clubs in the 1930s and 1950s sustained high quality soccer in eastern Europe through the fall of communism, but changing economic and social currents have diminished the competitiveness of former eastern bloc countries in today's big-money game. 



  • The Cinematic Sainthood of Diego Maradona

    "The passionate relationship between a legendary soccer player and an Italian city lies at the heart of The Hand of God, the new movie from Paolo Sorrentino."



  • What Euro 2020 Has Revealed About Englishness

    Sporting teams are one of the few officially English, as opposed to British, institutions. The national team's multiracial composition and embrace of social and political causes may be advancing a more inclusive form of Englishness. 



  • A History of Soccer in Six Matches

    From the Hungary team that shattered England’s delusions to the club that came to define the sport, through Pelé and Johan Cruyff, here are six games that explain modern soccer.