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Neymar Da Silva Santos, or How Association Football is again the ugliest head on the Lernaean Hydra of Capitalism.

By the time you read this the final details might have been finalized and Neymar Da Silva Santos, better known simply as Neymar, is the newest acquirement of football team Paris Saint Germain. The Brazilian superstar is currently on his way from Shanghai to Qatar. There he will receive a physical examination and meet the chairman of PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Neymar is currently under contract with FC Barcelona. Considered one…


Play Like a Girl – Against Modern Football

The last few weeks this GIF surfaced once again on various social networks like Tumblr and Twitter. It shows a glaring look into the distorted world of top tier professional football (soccer) and the strange behaviours therein that many already have internalised and accepted as the norm. First and foremost of course, the images are meant to combat sexism. It shows a contrast to the stereotype of delicate, vulnerable women and…


Leicester City and the Purge of the Elite

On the eve of Leicester City’s conquest of the Premier League, the whispers of a break-away European Super Liga continue. It’s not a coincidence that these rumours start popping up again as the surprise success of Raineiri’s team seems unstoppable. It started with proposals of wild card system. The Champions League should allow big names like Manchester United to enter the competition every year even if their place at the…


FIFA, Conformism and Toxic Chauvinism

Dark, ominous clouds are packing above BJK Inönü stadium. Bright lights appear against the night’s sky and a thunder rumbles from the stands. Thousands of voices group together in a booming chant, rolling down to the pitch and echoing through the streets of Istanbul. As the glow and smoke of the roman candles slowly drifts apart, the faces of the fans become visible and we see the passion and anticipation…


Football and Class Struggle

What is football? Ask ten people and you get ten different answers. “The most important side-issue” is a popular saying in Europe. “Ballet for overpaid nancy boys”, is another. ” Football is emotion”, you’ll hear from people to justify verbal or physical violence as a result of the ‘Beautiful Game’ (British term). Brazilians like to say “God is round” (though that might refer to their fondness of big butts?) Che…