Thanks Jan for your really enjoyable piece. I've been thinking along the lines of your #3 on my own and with students in the past month, and I'm struck by the question of whether one would be as engaged in the competition were "your" team not involved.
The world cup games that began this week in Brazil offer us a fascinating mirror of the complex nature of current international politics.
Perhaps H-Sports members would be interested in an article I published on (postcolonialist.com) about the protests leading up to this year´s World Cup. The text offers an unique view on what has been happening in Brazil, a different perspective than what international media outlets of all stripes have produced. There is a version in English and Portuguese. Feedback is welcome.
Dear H-Nationalism Members,