Posts Tagged ‘Football’

Another two people have been allegedly poisoned by the Soviet-era nerve-agent ‘Novichok‘, this time in Amesbury.

And Russia and England are both still in the 2018 World Cup, with just over a week left to go. Those probably seem like two unrelated statements: and maybe they are.

Then again, maybe not.

Regarding this latest alleged nerve-agent incident, the authorities have been careful not to be seen to jump to conclusions – so there has been no overt statement implicating Russia. And the media reports all suggest that the two individuals in question had nothing to do with Russia. (more…)

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For weeks, outlets in France and elsewhere have been warning that there might be a terror attack during the Euro 2016 football tournament. And sure enough, it happened within just one day of the competition starting. Except no one’s calling it a terror attack.

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Leicester City being crowned English Premier League champions ranks without doubt as one of the greatest sports stories of modern times.

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In a recent post early into the 2014 FIFA World Cup I was illustrating one of the key appeals of World Cup football being the ‘drama’ and the dramatic ironies that often permeate tournaments and the undertone of Greek tragedy/myth to some of the more classic examples, raising the spectacle beyond the level of mere sport and into the realm of human drama. I cited Zinedine Zidane in 2006 and David Beckham in 1998 among other memorable examples.
The fact that a few days later the most memorable moment of a largely memorable tournament emerged in the form of Luis Suarez’s now infamous biting incident simply reinforced the point: almost every memorable World Cup features a particularly memorable narrative revolving around a specific individual. And Luis Suarez has become that individual in 2014.

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