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The World Cup Around the World

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Spanish players celebrate with the trophy after the ceremony following the 2010 FIFA World Cup between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, South Africa. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty)

New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey reports on the world's most popular sports in his new book Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer. Vecsey explains the emotional connections between fans and teams and the various business and government interests at play in each of the last eight tournaments. 

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Comments [2]

shaneeza aziz from Brooklyn

Hup Holland! I hope in my lifetime I can see the dutch win a world cup. Best team!

May. 23 2014 08:51 AM
Sally from Brooklyn

I was in São Paulo one year ago for a residency. The people who sent me wanted my contact person to take me to a game. She didn't want to because many brazilians consider a soccer game a very dangerous event. She told me abouta time when her car was surronded by an angry crowd and they damaged a car.
The situation in brazil speaks to the worldwide problem of income gap/ tale of two cities.

May. 22 2014 11:50 AM

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