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The Navigator Finds His Way

  There are times when interviewing footballers feels like trying to squeeze blood out of a stone. They bombard you with meaningless clichés about taking things one game at a time – as if it’s possible to take it two games at a time. A Mamelodi Sundowns player, caught up in this robotic speak, once [...]

Brazil Cracks Down on Protestors

  Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium tonight swung into top gear with the weekend arrests of anti-World Cup activists. Rio’s civil police and special cybercrimes unit arrested 28 people, according to the The Con’s sources in Brazil. Police, however, have confirmed the arrest of [...]

To Love the Condemned

  To indulge for a moment, in any attempt at thought, is to be inevitably lost; for reflection but urges us to forbear, and therefore it is, I say, that we cannot. If there be no friendly arm to check us, or if we fail in a sudden effort to prostrate ourselves backward from the [...]

The Cup of Hard Knocks

  The build-up to the World Cup quarterfinal between France and Germany at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium later today has already resurrected one of the most thuggish scenes witnessed in the sport’s premier tournament: West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher bulldozing the France midfielder Patrick Battiston in the 1982 semifinal at Seville’s Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán [...]

Defending Arjen Robben

  In this World Cup, Arjen Robben has surely secured his place among the ranks of Luis Suárez and Pepe as one of the most loathed players in world football. But why? Unlike Suárez he doesn’t have a history of racism and cannibalistic tendencies, and unlike Pepe he isn’t a red-eyed psychopath. Robben is also one [...]