‘We would have had little to gain’: British insularity and the World Cup 1930-1958 | Rightbankwarsaw
“It’s almost an inevitability before every World Cup, the English media starts to ratchet up the tension plying us with questions: ‘Will this be our year?’, ‘will we finally break the hex of 1966?’, ‘will football come ‘home’ once more?’”
Portrait of a serial winner – Luis Suarez is soccer’s most beautiful player
Corruption, Deceit and a Betrayal of Values: Does FIFA Mirror Sport? | Beyond the Field of Play
“sport has become plagued by a myriad of aberrant behaviours.”
The story of Spartak Moscow’s final match at the Luzhniki stadium
“Ancient Rome had its Colosseum; Constantinople, its Hippodrome; and fittingly, Moscow, which by the 1950s had for five centuries been known as the “Third Rome,” had its Luzhniki. “
Wednesday Wonder Goals #3 Marco Tardelli vs West Germany | Baby, Ferenc Puskas To You
“The sight of this battle-hardened, workhorse midfielder moved beyond tears by a single strike of the ball comes close to summing up the intangible magic of football.”
“Oh My Word! Have You Ever Seen Anything Like That?” Remembering Eusebio | Baby, Ferenc Puskas To You
“Eusebio was the childhood joy of playing the game combined with the adult mastery of the sport. He represented football’s simplest pleasures on its grandest stage.”
Football Philately: World Cup 2014 Football Philately Special
A look at the first World Cup stamps issued by each of the 32 nations competing for football’s greatest prize during the 2014 World Cup.
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