Sunday, June 25, 2006

How to watch the World Cup

Soccer and other considerations, by Tony Karon:
But there's nothing "local" about Arsenal anymore: When it played Real Madrid earlier this year in the Champion's League, there were only two Englishmen on the field, both playing for the Spanish side.
By some estimates, there are now more than 4,000 Brazilians playing professional soccer abroad, which is why Brazil's starting lineup in Germany will consist entirely of European-based players. (Indeed, Brazil could probably field two teams for the tournament, each of which would feature many of Europe's leading club players.) Germany's squad, by contrast, is almost entirely home grown,although even in the German league, many of the leading lights are Brazilian imports.
For fans and non-fans alike: TomDispatch (scroll down)

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