Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The People's Game: Football, Soccer (video)

Mexico is better than Brazil is better than Netherlands is better than Venezuela is better than USA is better than Germany...and if you disagree, we'll beat you outside the match!
What about Women's Soccer or women's anything? That's an abomination (FEMEN)
(MS13) Comic Futebol, Football/Soccer, world's most popular sport, courtesy of Australia
I'll kill ya, Futballer! You'll be assassinated for that mistake! You will rue the day! Die!
As Ivory Coast kicks off against Greece, Didier Drogba, the footballer who ended a war, is being cheered on. After qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, Drogba and his teammates appealed to their fellow citizens to lay down their guns after five years of civil war. A ceasefire was called, and Drogba became a hero to peacemakers everywhere (The PG).
Mexico (Los Angeles' soccer favorite team) wins: celebrates victory over Croatia
(June 25, 2014) On today’s podcast, the politics of food -- specifically, Luis Suarez’s choice of snack in the 80th minute of the Uruguay-Italy match. Alan Minsky and Meleiza Figueroa discuss today’s bizarre events. Then David Goldblatt, soccer historian and author of Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer. Next, People’s Game correspondent Lezar Treschan helps make sense of Uruguayan gastronomy. And finally, author, comedian Prof. Gustavo Arellano (Editor, OC Weekly) celebrates Mexico’s glorious victory over Croatia and their advancement to the second round.
Revolution: The Zapatista team is mixed male and female (
War, what war? Poverty? Huh?
(June 24, 2014) On today’s podcast, the focus is on Mexico and the Netherlands, whose victories today mean they will face off against each other in the Round of 16. Alan Minsky and Meleiza Figueroa recap Holland’s win, as well as El Tri’s ecstatic victory and how the rise of CONCACAF may reflect on Europe’s dominance of the game and give a preview of tomorrow’s matches. KPFK’s Antonio Gonzalez speaks with David Brooks of La Jornada on how Mexico’s conservative government is using the team’s glory to distract people from the dramatic and reactionary economic reforms being rammed through the legislature. Finally, we reprise Minsky’s 2010 interview with David Winner, author of Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer.

Pacifica Free Speech Radio: Anti-Imperialist World Cup party, L.A. (
The People’s Game Part 2: Brazil Rejects Neo-Liberal Soccer
Alan Minsky ( and Meleiza Figueroa (Before It's News)
What FIFA has imposed on Brazil is a kind of soccer that is nearly unrecognizable. So it is heretical to the people who have over the course of more than a century made this sport into a national religion.

Before It's News (
Riots, police state crackdowns, and big corporate business for Brazil (
War will be endless, but keep playing the ball game (
Bread and Circuses News (
"A Neo-Liberal Trojan Horse": Dave Zirin on Brazil’s mass protests against World Cup displacement 
Thousands of people marched in Brazil in one of the largest protests against [corruption related to] the 2014 World Cup. Members of the Homeless Workers Movement blocked a major freeway in São Paulo to protest massive...

Dave Zirin on the World Cup we won’t see on TV: protests, tear gas, displaced Favela residents
As the 2014 World Cup in Brazil enters fifth day, the U.S. will play its first game of the tournament against Ghana. Meanwhile, World Cup protests are continuing on the streets of Brazil...
As patriotic Americans we prefer Gridiron Death Match, which we call "American Football." We're not dumb: We call Futbol "Soccer" because of England (

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