Democracy and the World Cup
The World Cup might be more than just a celebration of jogo bonito, “the beautiful game.”
Published on June 12, 2014
he 2014 World Cup is about to begin
. From today, June 12, to July 13, two or three times a day, for ninety minutes at a time, an estimated 3.5 billion soccer fans will be glued to their television screens enjoying the sort of soccer extravaganza that only the World Cup can offer. For the non-soccer fans (that is, roughly the remaining 50 percent of the world’s population, including many Americans), it will be right there in their faces, like a drunken brother-in-law cornering them at a wedding and blocking off every avenue of escape.
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