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FIFA World Cup: when the best event is also the most corrupt

As John Oliver suggests in the video below, FIFA has more in common with Borgia-era Catholic church than the Heifer International-style non-profit bringing the game to the poorest of the poor.

The protests in Brazil are (I hope) well known and better documented elsewhere, the 2018 and 2022 events are in Russia, who banned homosexuality and invaded a sovereign country in the last few months, and Qatar, who seem completely disinterested in ending slavery.  Any sane group of decision makers should immediately expel these countries from consideration, but alas they’ve bought their way in.

But then there’s the mundanity of day-to-day corruption and favoritism that really drives me nuts:

This isn’t sour grapes from Portugal’s tragic comeback goal against the US.  I, like Mr. Oliver, absolutely love the World Cup and all the good things it can represent about the world.  Even the brand sponsorships are George Lois-ian “poison gas” from time to time.  I also love how I’ve been alive for the launch and growth of american soccer to where it will be in 8 years.

I simply want the organizers to show some shreds of the respect for fairness and justice that you provide the backbone for the Laws and spirit of the Game around the world.

My Blogroll part 9: Football (meaning soccer)

I’ve been a heavy user of RSS since the beginning of feed readers, starting with netvibes, then on to bloglines, and for the past many years, Google Reader. In the right sidebar I have a closely curated list of my favorite websites, but those are by no means the totality of my blogroll. I’ve decided to share my blogroll, topic by topic, so people know which content I try to shove in my mind-grapes on a regular basis.

next up: Football (soccer)!!!

I’ve been a die-hard fan of the Portland Timbers for many years, and I regret the few years I was in Portland but wasn’t a fan. While I’ll happily watch a match from any corner of the world, I don’t follow any team but the Timbers closely. However, being an American footie fan is a bit more complicated because we have to, for lack of a better phrase, root for the sport in general. I keep up on the MLS, lower leagues in the US and the US Men’s National Team players wherever they are. The United States is lucky to have a pile of excellent Football writers as well, so check it out!
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Footie in America

It is odd to stand tall as an American during the World Cup, when in other contexts I am not particularly proud of my Passport.

The World Cup is inherently a nationalistic endeavor. For a country that has been bad at the sport in question for most of the sport’s existence, and has most of the world somewhere between casually disgusted to fully at war against it, I am fully aware of the dry irony and awkwardness of a pub full of Americans chanting U-S-A, during a football match until we’re hoarse.

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