A professor at Northwestern's campus in Al Rayyan argues that the tournament will bring reform. Now a Northwestern student fires back.
The Matches Have Been Excellent So Far. But Could FIFA's Corruption Make This the Last World Cup?
June 15, 2014
By awarding the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar, Sepp Blatter and his enablers may have marked the end of an era.
Should FIFA Be Run Like the Eurovision Contest?
June 13, 2014
A political analyst on how to reform the corrupt World Cup.
Welcome to Goal Posts III
June 10, 2014
Welcome to Goal Posts III, TNR's World Cup Blog
John Oliver's 13-minute rant is just the latest in a long string of embarrassments.
At the current rate, more than 4,000 migrant workers will die to build the infrastructure for a soccer tournament. This is an abomination.
Today is big for Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
BEIJING, CHINA— On a Friday evening in May, more than 50,000 green-clad Beijingers streamed into Worker’s Stadium to watch the local soccer team, the Beijing National Security, play the Guizhou Harmonious Relations. Harmonious Relations lost that night, in more ways than one. The drone of vuvuzelas was punctuated with periodic chanting, mostly variations on the unprintable-in-English term shabi.
Spain vs. Ronaldo
June 27, 2012
Last year, the football editor of The Independent ran an article with a surprising headline: “Portugal ‘sells’ Ronaldo to Spain in £160m deal on national debt.” Less than ten days earlier, Portugal’s prime minister, José Sócrates, had resigned upon failing to enact a fourth round of austerity measures to make up a severe budget shortfall.
Why Did FIFA Choose Russia?
December 08, 2010
It seems eccentric, to say the least, that the FIFA selection committee chose Russia as the World Cup’s home in 2018, and all the more so as it meant overlooking perfectly serviceable countries such as Britain. (They also chose Qatar over the U.S. for 2022, but that's another counterintuitive story altogether.) Why not Russia, you might ask. After all, the country is home to numerous top-drawer soccer teams and has a solid pedigree for hosting international club games at their stadiums.