2018: The year identity politics collided with sport

The day before France lifted the FIFA World Cup in Moscow, after beating Croatia 4-2 in the rain, head coach Didier Deschamps stated that his team were proud to represent the continent of Africa. “It has always been the case that the French team has always had players from Africa and

From refugee camp to Socceroos World Cup glory

Thanks to the FIFA World Cup draw, we can finally pin down the first telly dates for June and have six months of long debates on who will make it through. But Miloš Degenek won’t spend the 16th of June in front of the telly. Instead, he will appear on it,

World Cup draw reaction: no clear “groups of death”

There are no clear-cut “groups of death” in this edition of the greatest show on Earth, and this is exactly the way FIFA wants it. For once, we can all congratulate FIFA for doing something positive for the game. (Too soon?) If there is any sort of consensus on the toughest