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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
Giovanna Maria Dora Dore is a political economist, formerly at the World Bank and currently a fellow in the Asian Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.
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  • PKCasimir

    Not one word in this article about the fact that FIFA is totally corrupt and that the officiating for the World Cup is, at best, incompetent, and, at worst, corrupt. Corruption and incompetence are not beautiful

    • Corlyss

      The corruption of FIFA and national officials involved in in it are the only thing remotely interesting about pro soccer.

  • Pete

    It’s still a boring game. Shows how far the rest of the world is behind America.

    • Corlyss

      Like baseball, soccer must owe its popularity to its origins in times and locations devoid of television. If I want to watch grown men run around pointlessly, I’ll go to the gym.

  • Kevin

    In speaking to young Indians, they said that soccer and basketball are now seen as the cool sports while cricket is seen as the old man’s sport. It seemed quite surprising to me and the sample size was very small, but maybe soccer’s popularity will grow rapidly in India.

    Very interesting article.

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