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Diversions: The World Cup

The world is fully absorbed in fúbol/soccer/calcio/fuβbol/voetbol FEVER. Journalists and academics alike are expounding the merits of the game, the techniques of players, the culture of fans, and the reactions of countries. Companies advertise their products with World Cup-related narratives and in the United States more World Cup conversation is occurring than ever before. FIFA, or the Fédération Internationale de Football Association – the governing body for the sport – is once again in the hot seat for corruption and shady tactics. For those who do not watch soccer, the negative publicity of the organization seems to confound. Why would a fan want to associate with such repulsive activities? John Oliver explains it best. If one is a fan, one cannot simply stop watching the game. I am among those fans that struggle through life longing for WC summers, to obsess over details of the game, the players, and that really amazing crossover/header/save/penalty that called the match. It is not my intention to insert myself in the commentary regarding the legitimacy of American fans or …