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May 30, 2010

Geopolitics of the World Cup, or Why the US Doesn't Rule Soccer

On the eve of South Africa 2010, a father-and-son writing team parse the multivolume epic that is world soccer into a guide for uninitiated Americans.

David Downs

Africa is about to host its biggest sporting event since the Rumble In the Jungle between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire in 1974. On June 11, people across the world will start to watch South Africa host the World Cup, the world's premier international football tournament. The apartheid-traumatized country might rank among the murder and rape capitals of the world and lack advanced infrastructure, but it also spends more on education, as a percentage of GDP, than the US.

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