Review: The Soccer Player In The Closet – Football Article

Playwright Ryan Oliveira uses soccer, eSports to explore complex questions of family & identity Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis, courtesy of Nothing Without A Company The names of the characters in Ryan Oliveira’s new play, The Soccer Player in the Closet, will be very familiar to most Howler readers. Cristiano. Bastian. Cobi. And indeed, Oliveira’s footballers vie for glory and bury dramatic penalty shots, but on a much smaller stage. Their names were chosen with great intention. “I wanted to…

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Detained Bahraini footballer catapults Thailand to centre stage – Football Article

The arrest by Thai authorities of Mr. Al-Araibi, acting on an Interpol red notice arrest warrant issued despite the fact that he had been granted political asylum in Australia, raises questions about the effectiveness of Interpol safeguards against exploitation of its powers. It is also a reflection of a far broader global battle for continued rule of law that is being challenged by autocrats, authoritarians, populists and nationalists on multiple fronts. “It’s really emblematic of this breakdown of multilateral institutions,…

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Assessing the FIFA World Cup legacy in Russia – Football Article

My own abiding memory of the 2018 World Cup Final was not the atmosphere before, during or after the game; nor was it was not the array of talents and goals, or the extremely large number of Chinese media who had not been for the matches at Luzhniki previously. It was a moment that turned the heart crossways in me. As my co-commentator was following the action, to give me a water break, I spotted a uniform. Then another. I stood up and…

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